Southward Ho! (1939)

57-58 mins | Western | 19 May 1939

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Heading for Texas . Although onscreen credits attribute the screenplay to Gerald Geraghty and Jack Natteford and story to John Rathmell, the copyright records credit the story to Rathmell and Natteford and screenplay to Geraghty. A news item in HR notes that Wade Boteler replaced J. Farrell MacDonald as "Denbigh" because MacDonald had prior committments. Modern sources add Fred Burns, Frank Ellis, Jack Ingram, Frank McCarroll, Curley Dresden, Jim Corey, Rudy Bowman, George Chesebro and Trigger to the ... More Less

The working title of this film was Heading for Texas . Although onscreen credits attribute the screenplay to Gerald Geraghty and Jack Natteford and story to John Rathmell, the copyright records credit the story to Rathmell and Natteford and screenplay to Geraghty. A news item in HR notes that Wade Boteler replaced J. Farrell MacDonald as "Denbigh" because MacDonald had prior committments. Modern sources add Fred Burns, Frank Ellis, Jack Ingram, Frank McCarroll, Curley Dresden, Jim Corey, Rudy Bowman, George Chesebro and Trigger to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
28 Aug 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 39
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 39
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Jun 39
p. 29.
The Exhibitor
31 May 39
p. 320.
Variety
7 Jun 39
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Headin' for Texas and Home," "But She's All Wet Now," "Hope I'm Not Dreaming Again," "Keep Awalking the Other Way" and "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," words and music by Brandon Beach and Roger Williams.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Heading for Texas
Release Date:
19 May 1939
Production Date:
began 1 April 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 May 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8881
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA "High Fidelity" Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57-58
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5288
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the end of the Civil War, Gabby and Roy return from service with the Confederate Army to take possession of half-interest in a Texas ranch willed to Gabby by his aunt Lucy. Upon arriving at the ranch, the pair discover that the other half is owned by Colonel Denbigh, a Union officer with whom they had an unpleasant experience during the war, and his daughter Ellen. However, Denbigh is content to leave the running of the ranch to Roy and Gabby when he is appointed military governor of the district and subsequently dispatches a squadron of cavalry to police the territory. Unknown to Denbigh, the squadron, led by Captain Jeffries, is comprised of a gang of renegade soldiers who initiate a reign of terror by robbing and maiming the ranchers. When Roy accuses Jeffries' men of using unlawful tactics, Denbigh promises to investigate, but before the inquiry can begin, Jeffries bushwacks Denbigh, declares martial law and confiscates the ranchers' firearms. When the renegades seize the opportunity presented by Denbigh's death to undertake more ruthless plundering, Roy organizes the ranchers to oppose them. Through a ruse, Gabby and Roy reclaim the ranchers' guns, and after a rousing shootout between the raiders and the ranchers, Roy shoots Jeffries and restores peace to the ... +


At the end of the Civil War, Gabby and Roy return from service with the Confederate Army to take possession of half-interest in a Texas ranch willed to Gabby by his aunt Lucy. Upon arriving at the ranch, the pair discover that the other half is owned by Colonel Denbigh, a Union officer with whom they had an unpleasant experience during the war, and his daughter Ellen. However, Denbigh is content to leave the running of the ranch to Roy and Gabby when he is appointed military governor of the district and subsequently dispatches a squadron of cavalry to police the territory. Unknown to Denbigh, the squadron, led by Captain Jeffries, is comprised of a gang of renegade soldiers who initiate a reign of terror by robbing and maiming the ranchers. When Roy accuses Jeffries' men of using unlawful tactics, Denbigh promises to investigate, but before the inquiry can begin, Jeffries bushwacks Denbigh, declares martial law and confiscates the ranchers' firearms. When the renegades seize the opportunity presented by Denbigh's death to undertake more ruthless plundering, Roy organizes the ranchers to oppose them. Through a ruse, Gabby and Roy reclaim the ranchers' guns, and after a rousing shootout between the raiders and the ranchers, Roy shoots Jeffries and restores peace to the valley. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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