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Riders of the Rockies (1937)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 2 July 1937 (USA)
Tex and his pals join the Rangers to fight rustlers along the border. When Doc and Pee Wee get framed for rustling and then jailed, Tex deserts the Rangers, crosses the border, and joins up... See full summary »


Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)


Robert Emmett Tansey (screen play) (as Robert Emmett), Norman Leslie (screen play)

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Complete credited cast:
Tex Ritter ... Tex Rand
White Flash White Flash ... White Flash
Louise Stanley ... Louise Rogers
Horace Murphy ... Doc Thornton
'Snub' Pollard ... Pee Wee McDougal (as Snub Pollard)
Earl Dwire ... Jeff Jeffries
Charles King ... Henchman Butch Regan
Yakima Canutt ... Arizona Ranger Sergeant Beef
Martin Garralaga ... Rurale Captain Mendoza
Jack Rockwell ... Arizona Rangers Captain Reyes
The Texas Tornadoes The Texas Tornadoes ... Cantina Musicians (as 'Tex Ritter's Tornadoes')


Tex and his pals join the Rangers to fight rustlers along the border. When Doc and Pee Wee get framed for rustling and then jailed, Tex deserts the Rangers, crosses the border, and joins up with the outlaw gang hoping somehow to clear his pals. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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SINGIN'! SHOOTIN'! FIGHTIN' (original three-sheet poster-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

2 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cavaleiros dos Montes See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Philadelphia Monday 9 January 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in Los Angeles Thursday 9 March 1950 on KNBH (Channel 4). See more »


Song of the Open Range
Written by Tex Ritter and Frank Sanucci
Sung by Tex Ritter and Louise Stanley
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Pass the oats, please
23 January 2001 | by mthfllofSee all my reviews

Tex "Rand" starts off the movie singing the title song. Riding along with his side-kicks "Doc" and early gay icon "Pee Wee" he comes across sped up footage of a stagecoach being held up. Tex and his gang save the day, meet the stock female love interest, and misplace their horses.

Tex and his gang (both of them) bum a ride to town and join with some rangers which gives Tex ample opportunity to sing "Home on the Range." After a couple minutes of painful exposition we learn that there are cattle rustlers nearby. If that were not enough to convince us of the dangers at hand we are shown sped up footage of cows and what sounds like the chipmunks yelling "Yaw! Yaw!" The leader of the rangers shouts "Get the men mounted!" and Pee Wee leads the pack in doing just that.

As is usual with these kind of films there is an innocent man (or in this case, "men") accused of a crime. Pee Wee and Doc are watching a herd of cattle. They are distracted (a scene which involves a bad guy riding up to them and saying "follow me!") and when they return the herd is gone. The rangers come to the conclusion that Pee Wee and Doc took the cows.

As far as westerns go, the plot is plum average. But some stand-out moments for me were:

-Pee Wee's Rockette-like high kick to rid the bad guy of his knife. You Go Girl!

-Tex crooning with a woman who sounds like she is singing opera. She also happens to be wearing a novelty oversized bow tie on her head. Glamorous!

-The amount of sped up footage (many westerns have sped up footage, but in this film...yikes!)

-The saloon with a bar that moves when anyone leans on it, kicks it, or breathes on it (watch it wobble in the obligatory fight scene!)

-How can you tell the Mexicans from the Ameicans? The Mexicans ALL wear straw hats (with one exception: Mendoza---who wears a milkman's hat)

-Pee Wee's ability to mince on a horse ("Aw, But Tex, I'm hungry!")


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