- From The Sam Sherman Archives
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 2 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 26, 2010
- Originally Released: 1939
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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Newly hired cowhand Tex Yancy arrives at the Parker Ranch on Christmas Eve. He is immediately set up and framed for a murder and robbery committed by the notorious Red Becker Gang. Facing the hangman's noose, Tex manages to bust out of jail and ride to freedom. With a price on his head, Tex easily gets Red Becker to hire him as a gunman. Tex keeps a low-profile but, secretly, plans for the day when he can blow the gang of killers apart.
Tex Ritter's illustrious career as a singing cowboy actor earned him legendary status as a western screen star in the 1920s and 1930s and later as a popular recording artist best remembered for the iconic title theme to High Noon. This Monogram Production, set in Wyoming snow country, features a spectacular stampede of wild elk courtesy of well-edited archival footage.
One of the more unusual B-Westerns of the 1930s, DOWN THE WYOMING TRAIL featured the spectacle of stampeding elk.Tex Ritter is assigned by Sheriff Missouri (Horace Murphy) of Elk Valley to track down Ted Becker (Charles King), a rustler who is stampeding elk across the valley to clear a path in the snow for his stolen cattle. Along the way, Tex obtains a job as ranch hand for Candy Parker (Mary Brodel) but is soon falsely accused of stealing the payroll by Blackie (Bob Terry), a disgruntled former employee. The latter kidnaps Jerry (Bobby Lawson), Candy's kid brother, leaving him to freeze to death in the snowy wilderness. Tex, meanwhile, torments Becker by convincing him that a man he once killed is still alive. Crazed with fear, Becker runs into the snow and falls to his death from a cliff. With Becker's demise, Blackie takes over, capturing Tex. Tied up next to Bobby, Tex manages to get himself free and arrives at the Parker ranch just in time to prevent Blackie from molesting Candy. Accompanied by a hillbilly group known as The Northwesterners of Radio Fame, Ritter performs In Elk Valley, by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter, Goin' Back to Texas, by Carson Robison, and It Makes No Difference Now, by Floyd Tillman and Jimmie Davis. A pert brunette, leading lady Mary Brodel was the sister of 1940s ingenue Joan Leslie.
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Down the Wyoming Trail
Movie Lover: Robin Miller
AUGUSTA, ME US
-- December, 5, 2010
It's always interesting to look back over our "singing cowboy" cinematic heritage - it's so much a part of our culture.I wanted an example of at least one of every cowboy star from the 20s, 30s, and 40s.I had high expectations for Tex, but was disappointed...although this is the only western I've ever seen that featured high action amidst thundering caribou herds and featured cowboys on snowshoes. Technically, this film is poor.The resolution is bad - no re-mastering.Still, it was fun to see ole' Tex and hear him sing. He was, after all, a trailblazer.
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