Hittin' the Trail (1937)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Release Date - Apr 3, 1937 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmed on location at Kernville, California, this otherwise average Tex Ritter singing Western employed on of the better stunts in Hollywood history. When the Bad Guys stampede a herd of horses, Ritter (or his double) jumps from his steed White Flash to the nearest horse, working his way from animal to animal until he reaches his quarry, head villain Earl Dwire. Ritter played Tex Randall, a cowboy mistaken for the notorious Tombstone Kid (Archie Ricks). Saloon owner James Clark (Dwire) clear up the misunderstanding only to trap Tex into buying a herd of stolen horses. Aided by his comic sidekick Hank (Heber Snow), Tex gets the last laugh, however, and later reveals himself to be an agent for the railroad company. A friend of Ritter's from his days on Broadway, lanky Heber Snow later changed his name to Hank Worden. Another newcomer, Jerry Bergh played Ritter's inanimate romantic interest. A New York debutante somewhat forced upon producer Edward F. Finney, Miss Bergh was conventionally pretty but a bit of a comedown from Ritter's Trouble in Texas leading lady, Rita Hayworth. Along with The Range Ramblers (Ray Whitley, Ken Card and the Phelps Bros.), Ritter performed I'm Hittin' the Trail for Home, I'm a Natural Born Cowboy, Blood on the Saddle and other selections, all of which he would also record on the Decca label.

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cowboy, horse, mistaken-identity, railroad, stampede