The Ranger's Roundup (1938)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The seventh of thirteen singing Westerns to star former opera baritone Fred Scott, The Ranger's Roundup was also the first of three Scott vehicles to be executive produced by comedian Stan Laurel. No hands off producer, Laurel apparently suggested several bits of business for comic relief Al St. John, whose popular "Fuzzy Q. Jones" character originated with the Scott series. Ranger Tex Duncan (Scott) joins a travelling medicine show disguised as a singer, a plot development that allowed the hero to warble such ditties as The Terror of Termite Valley and Just a Spanish Shawl, both by Lew Porter who also appeared in the film as a piano player. Going undercover, Tex is able to get close to a gang of express office robbers, discovering the hard way that Burton, the office manager (Richard Cramer), is the leader of the gang. Blonde Christine McIntyre made her screen debut in this film as Mary, a singing waitress and Scott's love interest. In later years, Miss McIntyre was only too happy to share her memories of the 20 B-Westerns she would end up making but refused to answer questions regarding her better known work with The Three Stooges.

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bad-guy, good-guy, investigator, lawman, medicine-show, outlaw [Western], Texas-Ranger, undercover