Synopsis by Hal Erickson
No relation to the 1950 John Ford classic of the same name, Rio Grande is yet another rubber-stamp Charles Starrett western from the Columbia assembly line. The hero is a fellow named Houston (Starrett), who comes to the rescue when land-grabbing Barker (Dick Curtis) sets his sights on the ranch owned by heroine Jean (Ann Doran, subbing for usual Starrett leading lady Iris Meredith). After the usual complications, the story wraps up with still another battle royal between perennial screen scrappers Charles Starrett and Dick Curtis. Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers offer a pleasant rendition of their hit song "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds", easily the highlight of the film. Also on hand is Pat Brady, future comical sidekick for ex- Sons of the Pioneers lead vocalist Roy Rogers.
bad-guy, cowboy, damsel-in-distress, good-guy, land-scheme, land-war, rescue