Headin' for the Rio Grande

Headin' for the Rio Grande

Director: Robert North Bradbury Cast: Tex Ritter, Eleanor Stewart, Sid Saylor



In his second "Range Rider" music Western for poverty row newcomer Grand National, Tex Ritter played Tex Saunders, the troubadour brother of the sheriff (Forrest Taylor) of Rio Grande, Texas. When Tex and sidekick Chilo (Syd Saylor) on behalf of Laurie Hart (Eleanor Stewart) begin to look into what appears to be a gangster-style protection racket, saloon-owner Ike Travis (Warner Richmond) has the troubadour framed for killing bandit Red Dugan (James Mason). An angry populace demand an arrest and Tex is saved in the nick of time from being lynched. Outriding the posse, Tex manages the round up the racketeers, including the real killer.Headin' for the Rio Grande was filmed for around $8000 at Hollywood's Talisman studios and at the Monogram ranch near Placerita,, California. Ritter, who was under a personal contract to producer Edward Finney and not Grand National, earned a flat fee of $2000 for each of his Westerns. Reportedly, Ritter convinced Grand National to hire silent clown Snub Pollard for a small supporting role, having admired Pollard's silent slapstick comedies as a child in East Texas. Pollard would return in later films as Ritter's comic sidekick. In his first of 25 appearances opposite Ritter, veteran Bad Guy Charles King played one of the villain's henchmen. "I must have killed old Charlie King at least twenty times," Ritter would later reminisce. "Usually behind the same rock."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2005
UPC: 0089218491190
Original Release: 1936
Source: Alpha Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:59:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tex Ritter Tex Saunders
Eleanor Stewart Laura Hart
Sid Saylor Chile
Warner P. Richmond Ike Travis
Charles King Tick
Earl Dwire Rand
Forrest Taylor Sheriff Ed Saunders, Tex's brother
William Desmond Mack
Charles French Pop Hart
Budd Buster Senator Black
Bud Osborne Cactus
Sherry Tansey Actor
White Flash the Horse Actor
Bill Woods Actor
Harry "Snub" Pollard Cookie
Tex Palmer Henchman
Fred Parker Doctor Parker
James Sheridan Messenger
Jack C. Smith Harper
Rudy Sooter Townsman
Jim Mason Red Dugan
Snub Pollard Actor

Technical Credits
Robert North Bradbury Director
Fred Bain Editor
Robert Emmett Screenwriter
Edward F. Finney Producer
Lindsley Parsons Screenwriter
Gus Peterson Cinematographer
Cliff Ruberg Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Sanucci Score Composer
Robert Emmett Tansey Production Manager,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Headin' for the Rio Grande
2. Chapter 1 [9:11]
3. Chapter 2 [9:48]
4. Chapter 3 [10:11]
5. Chapter 4 [9:58]
6. Chapter 5 [10:00]
7. Chapter 6 [9:13]

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