Along the Rio Grande (1941)

64 mins | Western | 7 February 1941

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HISTORY

According to news items in HR, portions of this picture were shot in Victorville, CA and employed a new super-portable sound camera that eliminated the necessity of using a sound truck on location. This was the third in RKO's series of Tim Holt westerns. The series began in 1940 with Wagon Train, which was produced by Bert Gilroy and featured Holt, Ray Whitley as the singing cowboy "Smokey" and Emmett Lynn as "Whopper." Gilroy continued as producer for all twelve Holt RKO westerns. In the 1941 film Cyclone on Horseback, Lee "Lasses" White replaced Emmett Lynn as Whopper. In the 1942 film Bandit Ranger, Whopper and Smokey were replaced as Holt's sidekicks by Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards. RKO produced the series until Jul 1942 when Holt joined the military. ...

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According to news items in HR, portions of this picture were shot in Victorville, CA and employed a new super-portable sound camera that eliminated the necessity of using a sound truck on location. This was the third in RKO's series of Tim Holt westerns. The series began in 1940 with Wagon Train, which was produced by Bert Gilroy and featured Holt, Ray Whitley as the singing cowboy "Smokey" and Emmett Lynn as "Whopper." Gilroy continued as producer for all twelve Holt RKO westerns. In the 1941 film Cyclone on Horseback, Lee "Lasses" White replaced Emmett Lynn as Whopper. In the 1942 film Bandit Ranger, Whopper and Smokey were replaced as Holt's sidekicks by Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards. RKO produced the series until Jul 1942 when Holt joined the military.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Feb 1941
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Daily Variety
22 Jan 1941
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 1940
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
6 Nov 1940
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
22 Nov 1940
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 1940
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jan 1941
p. 7
Motion Picture Herald
25 Jan 1941
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Variety
29 Jan 1941
p. 18
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Arthur V. Jones
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Along the Rio Grande," "My Grandpap" and "Old Monterey Moon," music and lyrics by Fred Rose and Ray Whitley.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 February 1941
Production Date:
7 Nov--20 Nov 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
7 February 1941
LP10356
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in feet):
5,774
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6859
SYNOPSIS

Doc Randall, the scourge of cattle ranchers, has been rustling herds and then sneaking across the border beyond the reach of the law. To avoid Doc's raids, rancher Pop Edwards sells his cattle and instructs cowhands Jeff, Whopper and Smokey to ride into town to pay off his mortgage to Turner, the banker. While Jeff and the boys ride into the town of Sweetwater, Doc visits Pop and forces him to write a note ordering Jeff to return with the money. At the bank, Jeff turns the money over to Turner and meets Mary Lawry, who is closing her account to leave town and become a café singer. When Jeff receives Pop's note, he asks Turner to return the money, but the banker refuses, and Jeff and his sidekicks rob the safe. Back at the ranch, Doc becomes impatient waiting for Jeff and shoots Pop in the back. After Doc and his men depart, Jeff, Whopper and Smokey reach the ranch, pursued by the sheriff and his posse. Even though it is clear that Jeff robbed the bank to save Pop's life, Turner insists on bringing charges against him and his pals. The sheriff reluctantly jails the three, and in their cell, they meet Pete, a member of Doc's gang, who invites them to join in a jailbreak that night. After Doc's men rescue them from jail, Jeff, Whopper and Smokey ride with the gang to their hideout at the Cantina de Mexico where Mary is singing. When Mary sees the three "bank robbers," she become indignant and quits. The next day, Jeff rides with Doc's gang to rob a ...

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Doc Randall, the scourge of cattle ranchers, has been rustling herds and then sneaking across the border beyond the reach of the law. To avoid Doc's raids, rancher Pop Edwards sells his cattle and instructs cowhands Jeff, Whopper and Smokey to ride into town to pay off his mortgage to Turner, the banker. While Jeff and the boys ride into the town of Sweetwater, Doc visits Pop and forces him to write a note ordering Jeff to return with the money. At the bank, Jeff turns the money over to Turner and meets Mary Lawry, who is closing her account to leave town and become a café singer. When Jeff receives Pop's note, he asks Turner to return the money, but the banker refuses, and Jeff and his sidekicks rob the safe. Back at the ranch, Doc becomes impatient waiting for Jeff and shoots Pop in the back. After Doc and his men depart, Jeff, Whopper and Smokey reach the ranch, pursued by the sheriff and his posse. Even though it is clear that Jeff robbed the bank to save Pop's life, Turner insists on bringing charges against him and his pals. The sheriff reluctantly jails the three, and in their cell, they meet Pete, a member of Doc's gang, who invites them to join in a jailbreak that night. After Doc's men rescue them from jail, Jeff, Whopper and Smokey ride with the gang to their hideout at the Cantina de Mexico where Mary is singing. When Mary sees the three "bank robbers," she become indignant and quits. The next day, Jeff rides with Doc's gang to rob a gold shipment, but when they approach the wagon, armed guards spring out and shoot at the gang. Escaping in the crossfire, Jeff and Whopper return to the cantina, where they inform Doc of the ambush. Doc suspects that he is being double-crossed, but he is unable to prove it. Jeff and Whopper next accompany Doc's men on a stage robbery, but when they near the stage, the sheriff and his men, disguised as women passengers, jump out and capture the outlaws. Jeff, who has been working with the sheriff, sends Whopper back to the cantina. At Whopper's news, Doc becomes suspicious of Jeff and his pals until Jeff returns with Pete, who had been knocked unconscious and is convinced that Jeff saved his life. The next day, while Jeff and Mary are out riding, Whopper overhears Doc and Pete planning to cross the border and tells Smokey to notify the sheriff. Unknown to Whopper, Doc has set a trap to unmask his betrayers and, after watching Smokey ride for the sheriff, assembles his gang to ambush the lawman. When Jeff returns from his ride, Whopper tells him about Doc's plan, and sensing a trap, Jeff rides after Smokey. When Smokey fails to return from town with the sheriff, Doc and his men return to the cantina, where they find Jeff, Whopper and Smokey, who claims that he rode into Sweetwater to check on the jailed outlaws. When Smokey announces that the sheriff plans to move the men the next day, Doc and Jeff decide to ambush the sheriff and rescue the men. That night, Jeff confides to Mary his plan to use the sheriff to lure Doc over the border. Paula, the cantina owner, overhears Jeff's confidence and tells Doc. The next day, as they ride along the trail to Sweetwater, Doc pulls a gun on Jeff and orders him to take a different route to avoid the sheriff's trap. Back at the cantina, Smokey learns of Doc's scheme, and he and Mary ride for the sheriff. Meanwhile, Doc and Jeff reach Sweetwater and begin fighting in the jailhouse. Just as the jailed men grab the keys and open the cell door, Jeff sneaks out the back and meets Whopper. The two hold off Doc and his gang until Smokey and the sheriff arrive and arrest the outlaws. Summoned by the sound of gunfire, Turner rides to the jailhouse, becoming infuriated when the sheriff ignores his orders to arrest Jeff.

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