Song of the Buckaroo (1939)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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An above-average entry in the Monogram Tex Ritter series of music Westerns, Song of the Buckaroo proved to be a memorable event for the star in more ways than one. Appearing in a small role of a pioneer woman, pretty Dorothy Fay was killed off early on, leaving the remainder of the film to glamorous former Powers model Jinx Falkenburg. Miss Fay, however, became Ritter's leading lady off-screen, a partnership that lasted a lifetime and would produce future television star John Ritter. Song of the Buckaroo featured Ritter as Texas Dan, a Robin Hood-like outlaw hunted by the law. Determined to go straight, Tex is framed in the murder of Alden (Dave O'Brien and his wife Anna (Miss Fay) by a former cohort, Max Groat (Charles King). Tex assumes Alden's identity and determines to raise the Aldens' little daughter Mary (Mary Ruth) as his own. Having become the respected banker and mayor of a small town, Tex's engagement to lovely Evelyn (Miss Falkenburg) is rudely interrupted by Groat, who forces him to assist in robbing his own bank. In the ensuing melee, Groat and his men are killed, leaving Tex free to pursue happiness with Evelyn and little Mary. The latter performed the title tune while Ritter himself took care of Texas, by Carson Robison, Tenderfoot, by Johnny Lange and Fred Stryker, and his own and Frank Harford's I Promise You. Discovered too late to replace Jinx Falkenburg, Dorothy Fay was instead cast as Ritter's leading lady in his next entry, Sundown on the Prairie).



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