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Down Texas Way
Down Texas Way
Actors: Louis Austin, Jack Daley, Raymond Hatton, Tom London, Tim McCoy
Director: Howard P. Bretherton
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns
NR     2005     0hr 56min


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Actors: Louis Austin, Jack Daley, Raymond Hatton, Tom London, Tim McCoy
Director: Howard P. Bretherton
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/27/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1942
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1942
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Gunman From Bodie
Scott Packard | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | 02/12/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Very bad resolution - Buck Jones was my boyhood idol and it was a shame to see this movie of him in a film in such a bad condition. Box said "Digitally Restored" - but I very much doubt that - due to the terrible resolution."
"The Rough Riders ... Down Texas Way (1942) ... Monogram Pic
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 08/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Monogram Pictures present "DOWN TEXAS WAY" (22 May 1942) (digitally remastered), although The Rough Riders had a short run, they turned out some of the best B-Westerns ever to grace the Saturday Matinee screen...our story is the sixth of eight in the Rough Riders series is a better than average oater.

Under the production staff of:
Howard P. Bretherton - Director
Scott R. Dunlap - Producer
Jess Bowers - Screenwriter
Harry Neumann - Cinematographer
Carl Pierson - Editor

The story line and plot, three U.S. Marshals are working undercover Buck, Tim and Sandy who once again don't know each other from adam..looks like one of them Sandy is in trouble for being accused of a murder he didn't commit --- could be there's lynching in mind for Sandy, Buck and Tim need to put on their six guns and bring the vllains to justice --- as usual Harry Woods is behind all the wrong doing and for once Glenn Strange is on the side of the law as Sheriff --- Dave O'Brien and Luana Walters and Lois Austin make this an interesting threesome --- don't miss any of the Rough Riders features loaded with action that will leave you wanting more of his B-Western adventures

the cast includes:
Buck Jones ... U. S. Marshal Buck Roberts
Tim McCoy ... U. S. Marshal Tim McCall
Raymond Hatton ... U. S. Marshal Sandy Hopkins
Luana Walters ... Mary Hopkins
Dave O'Brien ... Dave Dodge
Lois Austin ... Stella (posing as Ann Dodge)
Glenn Strange ... Sheriff Trump
Harry Woods ... Bert Logan
Tom London ... Bartender Pete
John Merton ... Henchman Steve
Silver ... Himself, Buck's Horse
Ben Corbett ... Henchman
Frank Ellis ... Henchman Red
Reed Howes ... Henchman Joe
Milburn Morante ... Hotel Swamper
Artie Ortego ... Henchman
Wally West ... Townsman

Special footnote, actor /producer Buck Jones made over 164 feature films beginning with "Western Blood" (1918/Silent) with a bit part...Jones final film was "Dawn on the Great Divide" (1942)...with his famed horse "Silver:, Jones was one of the most successful and popular B-Western actors of the '20s, '30s and '40s, at one time receiving more fan mail than any actor in the world...was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1973

Second special footnote actor Tim McCoy in real life was a sharpshooter and famed for his fast draw...was an expert on the Old West also an authority on Indian folklore could converse in Indian sign language...McCoy was inducted into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1973, also inducted into "The Cowboy Hall of Fame" in 1974

Final special footnote, one of my favorite character actors was Johnny Mack's sidekick Raymond Hatton (1887-1971) as Marshall Sandy Hopkins who appeared from 1943 and made 45 films for Monogram Pictures...Hatton who first appeared on film in "Tragic Love" (1909-Silent/unconfirmed), "Oliver Twist" (1917), "The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), "The Squaw Man" (1931), "Law and Order" (1932)...during the '30s & '40s he played the comical sidekick for Johnny Mack Brown and Bob Livingston...went on to join Buck Jones and Tim McCoy in the "Rough Riders" series...Hatton worked right up to his last film "In Cold Blood" (1967). . . . . .meanwhile this is an exciting Rough Riders western provided by Monogram Pictures during their heyday of the early '40s.

1. Buck Jones (aka: Charles Frederick Gebhart)
Date of Birth4 December 1889 - Vincennes, Indiana (some sources say 12 December 1891)
Date of Death: 30 November 1942 - Boston, Massachusetts (fire)

2. Tim McCoy (aka: Timothy John Fitzgerald McCoy)
Date of Birth: 10 April 1891 - Saginaw, Michigan
Date of Death: 29 January 1978 - Nogales, Arizona

3. Raymond Hatton (aka: Raymond William Hatton)
Date of Birth: 7 July 1887 - Red Oak, Iowa
Date of Death: 21 October 1971 - Palmdale, California

Check out other Buck Jones titles available on VHS from VCI:
1. Black Aces (1937)
2. Dawn on the Great Divide (1942)
3. Down Texas Way (1942)
4. Gunman from Bodie (1941)
5. Renfrew of the Royal Mounted (1937)
6. Riders of Death Valley (1941)
7. Silver Spurs (1936)
8. Six Gun Man (1946)
9. South of the Rio Grande (1932)

Also available from VCI Entertaiment:
ROUGH RIDERS WESTERN DOUBLE FEATURE (Tim McCoy, Buck Jones and Raymond Hatton)
1. Vol. 1 - Arizona Bound/Gunman from Bodie (VCI #7241) (DVD)
2. Vol. 2 - Ghost Town Law/Below the Border (VCI #7264) (DVD)
3. Vol. 3 - Forbidden Trails/Down Texas Way (VCI #7274) (DVD)
4. Dawn on the Great Divide (VCI #7219) (DVD)

In 1941 the "Rough Riders" series began with Buck as Marshal Buck Roberts, Tim McCoy was Marshal Tim McCall and Raymond Hatton was Marshal Sandy Hopkins for Monogram Pictures:

1. ARIZONA BOUND (Monogram, 1941)
2. THE GUNMAN FROM BODIE (Monogram, 1941)
3. FORBIDDEN TRAILS (Monogram, 1941)
4. BELOW THE BORDER (Monogram, 1942)
5. GHOST TOWN LAW (Monogram, 1942)
6. DOWN TEXAS WAY (Monogram, 1942)
7. RIDERS OF THE WEST (Monogram, 1942)
8. WEST OF THE LAW (Monogram, 1942)

Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines 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) and Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") as they have rekindled my interest once again for B-Westerns and Serials --- If you're into the memories of B-Westerns with high drama, this is the one you've been anxiously waiting for --- please stand up and take a bow Western Classics --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 56 min on DVD/VHS ~ Monogram Pictures ~ (9/27/2005)"
This Triple Feature is really a good Two plus One
R. McColley | Urbana, Illinois | 08/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This Critics' Choice DVD of the famous Monogram trio Series, The Rough Riders, contains the last
two (of eight) features starring Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, and Raymond Hatton. If not the best two,
these were certainly up to the high standard maintained throughout, and in this case the CCD edition
has decent sight and sound--not always the case in Triple Feature #2.
"Dawn on the Great Divide," the third western in this set, also features Buck Jones, who died in a
terrible night club fire before it was released. Tim McCoy had gone to war, to be replaced by Rex Allen.
But even though the character played by Allen, Jack Carson, entered the story independently, Sandy Hopkins
(Hatton) was now Buck Roberts' (Jones) explicit partner from the beginning. More important, the scenes
shifted from the familiar Monogram Ranch to broader and more richly timbered settings, the usual writer and director came forth with a more adult and complex story, and the result was a sincere effort at an
A-western. There are several important women in the story, including one who dies in childbirth, and
another who aims to establish a gambling house. The marauding Indians turn out to be white thugs in
disguise. And "Buck Roberts" shows serious symptoms of falling in love. In this edition we are treated
to two musical numbers, both sung by the youngest of the heroines, "Rock of Ages," and "Beautiful
Dreamer." I bought this and Triple Feature #2 to see if I liked the Rough Riders as much as I did over sixty years ago; as expected, I do. But "Dawn on the Great Divide" proved something quite different--a fine bonus."
Rough Riders
Richard A. Sowers | Emerson, Ia. United States | 01/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like old westerns, you'll enjoy this movie, they always have plenty of action. You don't have good western movies anymore hardly, these old one's are always in style. You will enjoy this one."