Texans Never Cry (1951)

66-67 mins | Western | March 1951

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writer:

Norman S. Hall

Producer:

Armand Schaefer

Cinematographer:

Bill Bradford

Editor:

James Sweeney

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Gene Autry Productions
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HISTORY

Copyright records and a HR review indicate that the film was released in sepia. The print viewed was in black and ... More Less

Copyright records and a HR review indicate that the film was released in sepia. The print viewed was in black and white. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Mar 1951.
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Daily Variety
7 Mar 51
p. 6.
Film Daily
9 Mar 51
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jul 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 51
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Mar 51
p. 750.
Variety
7 Mar 51
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Texans Never Cry," words and music by Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman and Hank Fort
"Ride Rangers Ride," words and music by Tim Spencer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1951
Production Date:
mid July 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Gene Autry Productions
Copyright Date:
13 March 1951
Copyright Number:
LP780
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
sepia
Duration(in mins):
66-67
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14855
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the small town of Rio Diablo, a troop of Texas Rangers led by Sgt. Gene Autry come upon a commotion at rancher Dan Carter's place. Upon investigating, they discover that Tracy Wyatt, the secret head of an illegal lottery ticket ring, is attempting to collect an outstanding loan by forcing Carter and his family off their property. After Gene and the Rangers supply the payback amount, Gene learns from Mrs. Carter that Dan has been spending all his money on Mexican lottery tickets. Dan reveals he was tipped off about the lottery by Blackie Knight, a dealer at the local saloon, but when one of his ticket numbers came up, the ticket Blackie sold him was deemed counterfeit. Upon riding into town, Gene reports to Ranger captain Weldon, who introduces him to Mexican government representative Carlos Corbal, who suspects that the counterfeit Mexican lottery tickets are being manufactured and sold in Texas. Later, Gene stops by the saloon, where entertainer Rita Bagley tries to flirt with him, and picks up Blackie and his lottery tickets and takes him to Weldon. Corbal, however, pronounces Blackie's tickets authentic, and upon his release, Blackie reports to Wyatt that Corbal has instigated an investigation with the Rangers. Meanwhile, Gene and his partner, Pecos Bates, return to the Carter farm and collect Dan's remaining lottery tickets, which are proven counterfeit back at headquarters. Before Gene can take the tickets to Corbal, however, Wyatt's men begin a fight to divert the Rangers. When Corbal comes to his hotel window to find out about the disturbance, Wyatt shoots him without being noticed. After the melee, Gene follows Blackie to Dan's, ... +


In the small town of Rio Diablo, a troop of Texas Rangers led by Sgt. Gene Autry come upon a commotion at rancher Dan Carter's place. Upon investigating, they discover that Tracy Wyatt, the secret head of an illegal lottery ticket ring, is attempting to collect an outstanding loan by forcing Carter and his family off their property. After Gene and the Rangers supply the payback amount, Gene learns from Mrs. Carter that Dan has been spending all his money on Mexican lottery tickets. Dan reveals he was tipped off about the lottery by Blackie Knight, a dealer at the local saloon, but when one of his ticket numbers came up, the ticket Blackie sold him was deemed counterfeit. Upon riding into town, Gene reports to Ranger captain Weldon, who introduces him to Mexican government representative Carlos Corbal, who suspects that the counterfeit Mexican lottery tickets are being manufactured and sold in Texas. Later, Gene stops by the saloon, where entertainer Rita Bagley tries to flirt with him, and picks up Blackie and his lottery tickets and takes him to Weldon. Corbal, however, pronounces Blackie's tickets authentic, and upon his release, Blackie reports to Wyatt that Corbal has instigated an investigation with the Rangers. Meanwhile, Gene and his partner, Pecos Bates, return to the Carter farm and collect Dan's remaining lottery tickets, which are proven counterfeit back at headquarters. Before Gene can take the tickets to Corbal, however, Wyatt's men begin a fight to divert the Rangers. When Corbal comes to his hotel window to find out about the disturbance, Wyatt shoots him without being noticed. After the melee, Gene follows Blackie to Dan's, where Blackie apologizes for the counterfeit tickets and returns Dan's money. After Blackie's departure, Dan's daughter Nancy expresses her concern about her father to Gene, who assures her that Blackie is guilty and will be arrested. Back in town, however, Sheriff Weems informs Gene and Weldon that there is not enough evidence to arrest Blackie and hard proof of the counterfeit operation must be found. Gene takes Dan's tickets to printer Frank Bagley, who verifies they have been printed on authentic ticket stock. At the saloon, Pecos observes Wyatt and Rita meet, and Wyatt asks Rita to charm Gene and slow the investigation. Wyatt's men refuse to take on Gene for fear of turning all the Rangers against them, and one henchman recommends sending for hired gun Steve Diamond. Unable to locate Gene, Pecos follows Wyatt and his henchman, Rip Braydon, to the abandoned McKutchin ranch, the location of the ticket printing operation. Aware that Pecos has observed them, Wyatt and his men hastily pack the equipment on wagons as Pecos rushes back to town to get Weems and the Rangers. The two groups meet on the road and a shootout ensues, but Wyatt and his men escape, while losing most of their printing equipment. As Wyatt sends for new equipment, Gene, riding in the desert, sees a rider being dragged by his horse, which has been frightened by a snake. Gene helps the stranger, who introduces himself as Steve Diamond. In Rio Diablo, Steve is taken aback when Wyatt informs him that Gene is his target, but accepts the assignment. Over the next several days, Steve strikes up a friendship with Nancy, while Rita continues her flirtation with Gene, who spends time with her, hoping to find out more information about the counterfeit ring. When Steve proposes to Nancy, however, she tells him that she cares for Gene. Later, Nancy asks Gene about Rita and he explains that he is seeing her only because he believes her father is involved in the ring. Soon, Gene receives evidence that Bagley is indeed fronting for Wyatt by purchasing the equipment. He and Weldon devise a scheme by which they will plant a story that the Rangers are leaving town briefly and Gene is taking a chartered stage to Austin. Wyatt orders Steve to finish his job and return to the McKutchin ranch with Gene's gun as evidence of the deed. Steve asks Gene for a ride on his stage, then holds him up and returns to the McKutchin place with Gene bound. When Wyatt questions Steve, he explains that he could not kill Gene on the road as everyone in town witnessed their joint departure. Wyatt prepares to kill Gene, who asks him about Corbal's murder. Before Wyatt can fire his gun, Steve shoots him and in turn is shot by Rip. Before he dies, Steve thanks Gene for saving his life earlier. The Rangers arrest the remainder of Wyatt's gang and bringing an end to the counterfeit ring. +

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

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