Down Rio Grande Way (1942)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Slightly more elaborate than most Charles Starrett westerns, Down Rio Grande Way is set in the mid-19th century, when the Republic of Texas was poised to join the Union. Starrett plays Texas Ranger Steve Martin (!), who is dispatched to a "renegade" Texas country that refuses to become part of the good old USA. He discovers that the crux of the problem is a local tax collector (Norman Willis) who, with the help of a crooked newspaper editor (Davision Clark), is systematically robbing the citizens of their hard-earned cash, all the while fomenting anti-American sentiments. Britt Wood takes over from Cliff Edwards as Starrett's comical sidekick, while band singer Rose Ann Stevens makes an impressive acting debut as the heroine.

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bad-guy, collector, con/scam, corruption, good-guy, lawman, newspaper, outlaw [Western], publisher, ranch, ranger [military], statehood, tax-collector, taxes, Texas-Ranger, violence