Texas to Bataan (1942)

56 mins | Western | 16 October 1942

Writer:

Arthur Hoerl

Cinematographer:

Robert Cline

Editor:

Ray Curtiss

Production Company:

Range Busters, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a HR news item, Hugh Preston worked on this film's screenplay. His contribution to the final film, however, has not been confirmed. Texas to Bataan was the first film in which David Sharpe, who replaced Ray Corrigan in the series, appears as a Range Buster. For further information on the series, see the entry for The Range Busters in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3620, and consult the Series ... More Less

According to a HR news item, Hugh Preston worked on this film's screenplay. His contribution to the final film, however, has not been confirmed. Texas to Bataan was the first film in which David Sharpe, who replaced Ray Corrigan in the series, appears as a Range Buster. For further information on the series, see the entry for The Range Busters in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3620, and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Oct 1942.
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Daily Variety
24 Jul 1942.
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Daily Variety
18 Sep 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 Oct 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
26 May 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Sep 42
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Sep 42
p. 922.
Variety
14 Oct 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A George W. Weeks Production; William L. Nolte in Charge of Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Story and scr adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Me and My Pony," music and lyrics by John King
"Goodbye, Ol' Paint (I'm a-Leavin' Cheyenne)," traditional
"Home on the Range," music by Dr. Brewster M. Higley, lyrics by Daniel E. Kelly.
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 October 1942
Production Date:
began 21 July 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Range Busters, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 September 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11592
Duration(in mins):
56
Length(in feet):
5,019
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
8683
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Range Busters--ranch foreman Dusty, Dave and Alibi--are hired in Texas by rancher Conroy to help transport horses to Bataan, in the Philippines, as part of a special commission for the Army. Conroy and his neighbor, rancher Ken Richards, also want to discover who has been stampeding and poisoning Richards' herds. After Captain Anders from the cavalry inspects the horses, Dusty and Dave follow the tire tracks of a speeding transport truck that has been disrupting the herd. They are fired upon and lose their assailants, but later set up a roadblock to stop the truck. When the occupants emerge holding guns, the cowboys turn the tables on their attackers and capture them, and then discover that the truck is filled with Japanese-made rifles. The outlaws escape with the help of Conroy's cook, Cookie, a Japanese spy who was thought to be Filipino. Dusty and Dave recapture the outlaws and have them arrested. Later they leave behind Conroy's attractive daughter Dallas, for whom they are both vying, and drive the horses to Galveston, Texas, where they are loaded on a ship bound for the Philippines. After a long voyage, Dusty and Dave deliver the horses to Captain Anders, and are then surprised to encounter Cookie in a Filipino café. Dave overhears Cookie telling German spy Miller that Richards is the United States contact for the spy ring. Dave attacks Cookie and Miller, and after a brawl, Cookie is arrested, but Miller goes free. To maintain appearances, the cowboys are also arrested, but Anders releases them after informing them that he has learned that the spies are plotting to destroy a valuable American harbor. ... +


The Range Busters--ranch foreman Dusty, Dave and Alibi--are hired in Texas by rancher Conroy to help transport horses to Bataan, in the Philippines, as part of a special commission for the Army. Conroy and his neighbor, rancher Ken Richards, also want to discover who has been stampeding and poisoning Richards' herds. After Captain Anders from the cavalry inspects the horses, Dusty and Dave follow the tire tracks of a speeding transport truck that has been disrupting the herd. They are fired upon and lose their assailants, but later set up a roadblock to stop the truck. When the occupants emerge holding guns, the cowboys turn the tables on their attackers and capture them, and then discover that the truck is filled with Japanese-made rifles. The outlaws escape with the help of Conroy's cook, Cookie, a Japanese spy who was thought to be Filipino. Dusty and Dave recapture the outlaws and have them arrested. Later they leave behind Conroy's attractive daughter Dallas, for whom they are both vying, and drive the horses to Galveston, Texas, where they are loaded on a ship bound for the Philippines. After a long voyage, Dusty and Dave deliver the horses to Captain Anders, and are then surprised to encounter Cookie in a Filipino café. Dave overhears Cookie telling German spy Miller that Richards is the United States contact for the spy ring. Dave attacks Cookie and Miller, and after a brawl, Cookie is arrested, but Miller goes free. To maintain appearances, the cowboys are also arrested, but Anders releases them after informing them that he has learned that the spies are plotting to destroy a valuable American harbor. When Dusty and Dave return home, they gather forces with Alibi and confront Richards. Richards tries to escape and Dave is forced to shoot him, after which they discover a load of dynamite on his ranch. Soon after, the Range Busters hear a radio report about the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces, and leave the ranch to enlist in the Army. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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