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Rio Grande (1938)

Approved | | Western | 8 December 1938 (USA)
Barker is after the Andrews ranch and kills Bart Andrews. But Bart had sent for Cliff and Cliff now arrives and takes over the fight against Barker. To get the necessary hands to drive ... See full summary »


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Charles F. Royal (original screen play) (as Charles Francis Royal)


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Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ... Cliff Houston
Ann Doran ... Jean Andrews
Bob Nolan ... Bob Stevens
Dick Curtis ... Ed Barker
George Chesebro ... Kruger
Hank Bell ... Hank
Pat Brady ... Pat
Art Mix ... Durkin
Lee Prather Lee Prather ... Goulding
Sons of the Pioneers ... Singing Ranch Hands


Barker is after the Andrews ranch and kills Bart Andrews. But Bart had sent for Cliff and Cliff now arrives and takes over the fight against Barker. To get the necessary hands to drive Andrews' herd to market, Cliff makes a deal with Barker saying hew will give him half the money collected. Both Cliff and Barker then make plans to double-cross the other when the cattle are sold. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Adventures Gallops To Roaring Tunes Of The Plains!




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Release Date:

8 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Rancho da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tumbling Tumbleweeds
(1934) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Bob Nolan
Performed by Bob Nolan and Sons of the Pioneers during the opening and end credits
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1 November 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Charles Starrett consistently made the Top Ten Cowboy list every year for a decade or so. Part of that was the fact that movies like his were Columbia's bread and butter and they knew how to turn out a smart-looking programmer on the cheap, even with a good singing act (here, the Sons of the Pioneers) and comic relief (Pat Buttram).

Mostly, though, it was because Starrett played a smart guy who led the story into complications that most B movies didn't explore. In this one, Ann Doran's brother has been killed, and Starrett has shown up just too late, so he conspires to help her save the ranch, using a spy and a song-and-dance to fool chief villain Dick Curtis. Is the plot too complicated to succeed? That's the sort of question most B movies didn't ask.

Fans of B Westerns will be happy to see Hank Bell with his unlikely mustache in a substantial role. Hank was in more than four hundred westerns in a career that stretched from 1920 through his death in 1950. No western would look complete without him.

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