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Rhythm of the Rio Grande (1940)

Approved | | Western | 2 March 1940 (USA)
Tex Regan (Tex Ritter) arrives at the Crane ranch just as Blackie (Earl Douglas) and Pete (Chick Hannon) are preparing to burn it. He drives them off, but is accused by Ruth Crane (Suzan ... See full summary »


Albert Herman (as Al Herman)


Robert Emmett Tansey (original screenplay) (as Robert Emmett)




Complete credited cast:
Tex Ritter ... Tex Regan
Suzan Dale Suzan Dale ... Ruth Crane
Warner Richmond ... Buck
Martin Garralaga ... Pablo - Bandit
Frank Mitchell ... Shorty - Tex's Sidekick
Mike J. Rodriguez Mike J. Rodriguez ... Lopez - Pablo's Rider
Juan Duval Juan Duval ... Rego - Pablo's Rider
Tristram Coffin ... Jim Banister
Chick Hannan ... Pete - Henchman
Earl Douglas ... Blackie - Henchman
Forrest Taylor ... Ranger Captain Edward Crane
Glenn Strange ... Sheriff Hays (as Glen Strange)
James McNally James McNally ... Ransom - Crooked Ranger
White Flash White Flash ... Tex's Horse


Tex Regan (Tex Ritter) arrives at the Crane ranch just as Blackie (Earl Douglas) and Pete (Chick Hannon) are preparing to burn it. He drives them off, but is accused by Ruth Crane (Suzan Dale) of being in league with Pablo, the bandit, who is blamed for most of the territory's crime. Recognizing Blackie as a henchman of Jim Bannister (Tristram Coffin), Tex starts for the Bannister ranch but is captured and imprisoned. Bannister, however, sets him free. Although Bannister has never lost any cattle to Pablo, an emblem similar to those left after every raid blamed on Pablo, is found in Bannister's house. Tex, knowing Pablo to be innocent and actually only searching for the killer of his sister, persuades the outlaw to change his hide-out and then sets out to capture Bannister, the leader of the gang. But Tex is arrested as being a member of Pablo's gang and Pablo, seeing Tex with the lawmen, believes himself double-crossed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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AMBUSHED BY MEXICAN BRIGANDS IN GUERRILLA WAR!..Men who kill for hate alone...go mad with lust when a singing cowboy stands between them and a treasure in hidden gold! See more »










Release Date:

2 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al cantar de las balas See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 19 April 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers in New York City got their first look at it Thursday 24 February 1949 on the Chuck Wagon on WCBS (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Thursday 29 September 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3) and in Los Angeles Monday 6 November 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


Pablo the Mexican Bandit
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by Slim Andrews
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Is Pablo really so bad?
3 August 2009 | by alan-prattSee all my reviews

Someone is raiding and killing and trying to drive the ranchers out.

Those still around - along with gullible Texas Rangers captain, Forrest Taylor - believe it is the work of wicked Pablo, the well known Mexican bandit. We know better of course: didn't we see those shifty expressions flitting across Tris Coffin's face? (What do you mean, he always looks like that?).

Tex isn't fooled either. Pablo so enjoys Tex's singing that Tex wisely opines that any man who loves music and singing has a heart and can't be responsible for all the crimes he is accused of! Great songs in this one. I loved Rhythm of the Rio Grande and Pablo so enjoyed Mexicali Moon that he felt too mellow to shoot anyone. There is also a strikingly pretty heroine in Suzan Dale who, as far as I can see, only made one film. I wonder why.

Absolute nonsense but I really enjoyed it!

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