Rhythm of the Rio Grande/Rainbow Over the Range [DVD]

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Rainbow Over the Range
In his sixth of nine Monogram releases of 1940, Tex Ritter played a U.S. Marshal coming to the aid of a beleaguered schoolmarm. The latter was played by blonde Dorothy Fay, who had appeared in two previous Westerns with Ritter. By this time they were dating and would soon marry, a lifelong union that produced 1980s television personality John Ritter. Investigating a series of rustlings, Ritter and his bucolic sidekick Slim Chance (Slim Andrews) discover that the only school in the valley is threatened with closure by nasty town boss Jim Rader (James Pierce). Rader, as it turns out, is also behind the rustlings, but he had obviously not counted by Marshal Ritter and his flying fists. Backed by Romaine Lowdermilk and His Ranch House Cowboys, Ritter and Andrews performed Fleming Allen's title-tune, Johnny Lange and Lew Porter's Poor Slim and My Tonto Basin Home by Garland Edmundson. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Rhythm of the Rio Grande
Filmed at Palmdale, California, this Tex Ritter Western continued a recent trend of limiting Ritter's trademark music numbers in favor of rather ill staged fisticuffs and other action scenes. Ritter, who was never very lucky with his ever changing comic sidekicks, was here saddled with one Frank Mitchell, a New Yorker visibly ill at ease on the celluloid range. Tex and Shorty (Mitchell) ride into Cinco Valley, a gold rich area terrorized by marauders ostensibly lead by one Pablo (Martin Garralaga). Tex, however, recognizes Blackie (Earl Douglas), whose boss is Bannister (Warner Richmond), an American. Suspecting that Bannister and his henchmen are trying to drive the settlers off their potentially valuable land by posing as Mexican banditos, Tex convinces Pablo to help him set a trap for the marauders. Despite a couple of misunderstandings along the way, Tex, Pablo and Shorty gather enough evidence to convict Bannister.Tall, rangy musician Slim Andrews, aka Arkansas Slim, made his screen debut in this film. A personal friend of the star, Andrews was to appear in the next nine Ritter Westerns, sometimes as his comedy relief. Unfortunately, Arkansas Slim was as unfunny as Ritter's previous sidekicks and the series didn't exactly prosper from his participation. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tex Ritter
    Tex Ritter - Tex Reed
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    Slim Andrews - Slim
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    Dorothy Fay - Mary Manners
  • Gene Alsace
    Gene Alsace - Bo Redding
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    Warner P. Richmond - Bert Griffin
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