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Tex Ritter Double Feature: Take Me Back to Oklahoma/Rider of the Rockies
Tex Ritter Double Feature Take Me Back to Oklahoma/Rider of the Rockies
Actor: Tex Ritter
Genres: Westerns
NR     2006     1hr 58min


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Actor: Tex Ritter
Genres: Westerns
Sub-Genres: Westerns
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 08/22/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1937
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1937
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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"Tex Ritter Series ... Double Feature... Monogram Pictures (
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 01/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Monogram Pictures presents "TAKE ME BACK TO OKLAHOMA/RIDER OF THE ROCKIES" (1937/1940) (124 mins/B&W) -- Tex Ritter was an American country singer and actor --- From his very first film in 1936 through some of his best loved singing Westerns of the mid '40s, he gave the American public some of the best B-Westerns of that era --- Ritter also worked on various radio programs --- In 1932, he starred on the WOR Radio show The Lone Star Rangers, which was New York's first broadcast western --- He sang songs and told tales of the Old West --- Ritter wrote and starred in Cowboy Tom's Roundup on WINS Radio in New York in 1933 --- This daily children's cowboy radio program aired over three stations on the East Coast for three years --- These shows marked the beginning of Ritter's popularity in radio, which paved the way for his upcoming singing career --- He also performed on the radio show WHN "Barndance" and sang on NBC Radio --- He appeared in several radio dramas, including CBS's "Bobby Benson's Adventures" and "Death Valley Days".

Ritter began recording for American Record Company (Columbia Records) in 1933 --- His first released recording was "Goodbye Ole Paint.", also recorded "Rye Whiskey" at that label. In 1935, he signed with Decca Records, where he recorded his first original recordings, "Sam Hall" and "Get Along Little Dogie."

In 1936, he moved to Los Angeles, California --- His motion picture debut was in "Song Of The Gringo" (1936) for Grand National Pictures --- He starred in twelve movies for Grand National, "B" grade Westerns, love that art deco "Grand National Pictures" animated clock logo at the start and finish of the movie --- Which included "Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts" (1937), and "Trouble In Texas" (1937) co-starring Rita Hayworth (then known as Rita Cansino). (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The first film of this double feature - "TAKE ME BACK TO OKLAHOMA" (11 November 1940) (64 mins/B&W)

Under the production staff of:
Albert Herman - Director
Edward F. Finney - Producer
Robert Emmett Tansey - Screenwriter
Marcel Le Picard - Cinematographer
Frank Sanucci - Composer (Music Score)
Fred Bain - Editor
Glen Glenn - Sound/Sound Designer
Samuel R. Wallis - First Assistant Director

Our story line and plot, Storm (Karl Hackett) is out to wreck Ace's (Carleton Young) stage line --- When Tex Lawton (Tex Ritter) arrives to help Ace, Storm brings in hired killer Mule Bates (Olin Francis) --- But Tex and Bates know each other and the two devise a plan to fool Storm.--- A few of my favorite B-Western character actors show up to help the plot along Bob Wills, Robert McKenzie, Carleton Young and Karl Hackett --- film debut of the "King of Western Swing," Bob Wills, and his Texas Playboys --- The group performed no less than four numbers in a row -- including Wills' own "Good Old Oklahoma", "Lone Star Rag" and The Bob Wills Special --- Filmed at Keen Camp - State Highway 74, Mountain Center, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA

the cast includes
Tex Ritter ... Tex Lawton
Bob Wills ... Himself, leader Texas Playboys
Slim Andrews ... Slim Hunkapillar
Terry Walker ... Jane Winters
Robert McKenzie ... Deacon Ames (as Bob McKenzie)
Karl Hackett ... Storm
Donald Curtis ... Henchman Snapper
Gene Alsace ... Henchman Red
Olin Francis ... Mule Bates
Carleton Young ... Ace Hutchinson (as Carlton Young)
George Eldredge ... Sheriff
Johnny Lee Wills ... Texas Playboy (as Johnnie Lee Wills)
Leon McAuliffe ... Texas Playboy
Son Caz Lansford ... Texas Playboy
Wayne Johnson ... Texas Playboy

Second film of the this double feature - "RIDER OF THE ROCKIES" (2 July 1937) (60 mins/B&W)

Under the production staff of:
Robert North Bradbury - Director
Edward F. Finney - Producer
Lindsley Parsons - Screen Story
Robert Emmett Tansey - Screenwriter
Gus Peterson - Cinematographer
Tex Ritter - Songwriter
Frank Sanucci - Songwriter / Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Bain - Editor
Cliff Ruberg - Sound/Sound Designer
Al Lane - Production Manager

Our story line and plot, Tex Rand (Tex Ritter) and his pals join the Rangers to fight rustlers along the border --- When Doc Thornton (Horace Murphy) and Pee Wee McDougal (Snub' Pollard) 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 --- The Tex Ritter series of Westerns produced independently by Edward F. Finney for release by Grand National --- Check out some of my favorite B-Western character actors Charles King, Earl Dwire, Jack Rockwell and Yakima Canutt (who was the greatest stuntman of all).

the cast includes
Tex Ritter ... Tex Rand
White Flash ... Himself - Tex's horse
Louise Stanley ... Louise Rogers
Horace Murphy ... Doc Thornton
'Snub' Pollard ... Pee Wee McDougal
Earl Dwire ... Jeff Jeffries
Charles King ... Henchman Butch Regan
Yakima Canutt ... Arizona Ranger Sgt. Beef
Martin Garralaga ... Rurale Capt. Mendoza
Jack Rockwell ... Arizona Rangers Capt. Hayes
The Texas Tornadoes ... Cantina Musicians (as Tex Ritter's Tornadoes)

Tex Ritter (aka: Woodward Maurice Ritter)
Date of Birth: 12 January 1905 - Murvaul, Texas
Date of Death: 2 January 1974 - Nashville, Tennessee

Vol 1: Marshal of Gunsmoke & Oklahoma Raiders (VCI #7204)
Vol.2: Arizona Days & Arizona Trail (VCI #7294)
Vol 3: Rollin' Plains & Song of the Gringo (VCI #7302)

Marshal of Gunsmoke; Oklahoma Raiders; Arizona Days & Trouble In Texas

Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guidelines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under DVD Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for Film Noir, B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '30s & '40s and B-Westerns --- order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with musical adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Amazon or VCI where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 124 mins on DVD ~ Monogram Pictures ~ (8/22/2006)"