West of Texas (1943)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A would-be Western epic soundly defeated by an almost nonexistent budget, West of Texas was the third of 22 "Texas Rangers" oaters released by Gower Gulch company PRC from 1942-1945 in an attempt to compete with Republic's The Three Mesqueteers and Monogram's "Rough Riders" and "Range Busters." Rangers Tex Wyatt (Dave "Tex" O'Brien) and Jim Steele (James Newill) arrive in Gabe's Crossing, NM, to capture Bent Yeager (Henry Hall), a rancher accused of sabotaging the progress of the railroad. As it turns out, railroad representative Bart Calloway (Robert Barron) and lawyer Conlon (Tom London) have falsified land surveys so it appears that Bent's property is on government land. Happily, the third ranger, Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson), is working undercover as a member of Calloway's gang and the villains are brought to justice within the allotted 58 minutes. In between chasing the bad guys, O'Brien and Newill warble their own "Whistle a Song," "El Lobo," and "Tired of Rambling." West of Texas was reissued in a 40-minute version by PRC's successor Eagle-Lion in 1947.



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