Lost Western Classics: The Masked Ranger/Ridin' Gents/Galloping On [DVD]

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Ridin' Gents
Galloping On
A rural melodrama rather than a straight Western, this silent Wally Wales vehicle stars the future Hal Taliaferro as Wally Moore, a young rancher serving a sentence of hard labor for a crime he didn't commit. Released from prison, Wally returns to his hometown only to find that Ma (Louise Lester) has lost the livestock to rustlers and the ranch itself to Banker Brown (Richard Belfield), the very same man whose little daughter (Gretchen Waterman) Wally just saved from a runaway carriage. The banker, as it turns out, is in cahoots with rustler Jack Bowers (Charles "Slim" Whitaker) and the only people in town rooting for Wally are kindhearted Sheriff Jenkins (Lawrence Underwood) and his daughter, Helen (Jessie Cruzon). ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Three in the Saddle
Partners in most of the low-budget Texas Rangers Westerns, Tex Ritter and Dave O'Brien are at loggerheads through the greater part of this slow-moving entry, the last in the series. In fact, despite a title card that reads, "Tex Ritter and Dave O'Brien as the Texas Rangers," Ritter actually works on Lorraine Miller's ranch. Peggy Barlou (Miller) is the young rancher who refuses to sell her spread to greedy stage-line proprietor John Rankin (Edward Howard). Tex Haines (Ritter), meanwhile, is accused of killing Bill Dugan (Art Fowler), Rankin's bodyguard, but eludes capture long enough to hook up with Dave Wyatt (O'Brien) and Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson), a couple of rangers in disguise. Despite constant arguments about taking the law into one's own hands, the three manage to prevent Rankin from evicting Peggy. In between the arguing, Ritter finds time to warble his own and Frank Harford's "I've Done the Best I Could" and Ernest Tubb's "Try Me One More Time." ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

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