Where the Buffalo Roam (1938)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In his second music Western for Monogram, Tex Ritter had the dubious honor of being accompanied by hillbilly acts Louise Massey and The Westerners. Clocking in at a short 55 minutes, Where the Buffalo Roam featured a grand total of seven music numbers, leaving little time for Ritter and co. to act out a rather moth-eaten story of a government agent tracking down a gang of Buffalo poachers while searching for the villain who killed his mother. The suspected leader of the poachers, "Three Fingers" (Karl Hackett) proves to be innocent and instead helps Ritter track down the villain, Foster (John Merton), who murdered his mother. Not too surprising for Ritter devotees, Foster's henchman, Bull, was played by Charles King, who would be found at the end of Ritter's fist in no less than 25 films and remained a valuable asset to the Ritter oeuvre. Not so Horace Murphy and Snub Pollard, unfunny sidekicks who unfortunately had followed Ritter from Grand National to Monogram. In addition to the seven music numbers, Where the Buffalo Roam was also saddled with extensive, and rather grainy, stock footage of a buffalo stampede.

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buffalo, family-member, lawman, lawyer, Native-American, outlaw [Western], rescue, revenge