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Boss of Rawhide (1943)

In the 8th film of the 22-film series, Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt, Jim Steele and Panhandle Perkins are sent to the district of Rawhide to investigate the killings of several ranchers. Tex ... See full summary »


Elmer Clifton


Elmer Clifton (story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Dave O'Brien ... Texas Ranger Tex Wyatt (as Dave 'Tex' O'Brien)
James Newill ... Texas Ranger Jim Steele (as Jim Newill)
Guy Wilkerson ... Texas Ranger Panhandle Perkins
Nell O'Day ... Mary Colby
Ed Cassidy ... Henry Colby (as Edward Cassidy)
Jack Ingram ... Sam Barrett
Billy Bletcher ... Jed Bones
Charles King ... Henchman Frank Hade (as Charles King Jr.)
George Chesebro ... Henchman Joe Gordon
Robert F. Hill ... Ranger Captain John Wyatt (as Robert Hill)
Dan White ... Minstrel
Lucille Vance ... Widow Perriwinkle


In the 8th film of the 22-film series, Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt, Jim Steele and Panhandle Perkins are sent to the district of Rawhide to investigate the killings of several ranchers. Tex enters the town posing as a tramp while the other two Rangers join a troupe of itinerant minstrels. Tex, convinced that while they may find the killer, it will not prevent further harassment of the poorer ranchers, and he returns to the Ranger station and persuades his father, Texas Ranger Captain John Wyatt, to take a leave of absence and go to Rawhide and run for Land Commissioner. Tex and his father meet Henry Colby, the wealthiest landholder in the district, who has been advised by his ranch foreman, Frank Hade, and Sam Barrett, the boss of Rawhide, that the nesters are the cause of all the lawlessness. At a meeting, preceded by the dullest, most demeaning minstrel show ever filmed, Captain Wyatt is shot (a fate that should have befallen the minstrels) and the bullet is found to be the same caliber... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

20 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dödspasset See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Saturday 9 October 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


Followed by Spook Town (1944) See more »


I Ain't Got a Gal To Come Home To
Written by Oliver Drake
Sung by James Newill (as Jim Newill)
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Minstrels Come To Texas
8 July 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

B westerns hit a nadir with Boss Of Rawhide. Three Texas Rangers, Dave O'Brien, James Newill, and Guy Wilkerson arrive in the town of Rawhide where it seems everything has a price and its all being collected by the head of the local Ponderosa. Apparently public right of way doesn't exist in this corner of the Lone Star state.

Part of the plot involves our heroes getting the father of one of them to run for the newly created office of Land Commissioner. And as a campaign gimmick the Rangers get involved in one god awful minstrel show, awful by minstrel show standards.

It's the reason I'm sure this particular film is not seen too often. Even without the minstrel show, there's not much to recommend it.

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