Starlight over Texas

Starlight over Texas

Director: Albert Herman Cast: Tex Ritter, Carmen La Roux, Rosa Turich

DVD (B&W)

Overview

The first Tex Ritter Western from Monogram Pictures, Starlight Over Texas contained the singing cowboy's trademark mix of furious fist-fight, ornery Charles King, and a slew of musical numbers. Unfortunately, Monogram also inherited Ritter's main weaknesses: idiotic sidekicks (Horace Murphy and Snub Pollard), slipshod direction (by Al Herman), meandering plots, and the aforementioned slew of musical numbers. At least Starlight Over Texas featured an eye-catching fiesta in addition to Ritter's warbling of such tunes as "Pickens" by A.J. Brier and "Starlight Over Texas" by Harry Tobias and Al Von Tilzer. Ritter played Tex Newman, a United States Marshal assigned to look into a series of Indian raids on the border to Mexico. As it turns out, the raids are committed by a gang of outlaws only masquerading as Indians. The leader of the gang, Kildare (Karl Hackett), murders a marshal and assumes his identity. Tex. of course, does not fall for the masquerade for long and the inevitable chase across the border ends with the capture of Kildare. Executive producer Edward F. Findley moved his entire "Boots and Saddles" operation from the floundering Grand National to Monogram without missing a beat. Along for the ride, in addition to sidekicks Murphy and Pollard and director Herman, were music director Frank Sanucci, assistant director Bobby Ray, cinematographer Francis Corby and film editor Frederick Bain.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2009
UPC: 0089218573599
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:59:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tex Ritter Tex Newman
Carmen La Roux Maria
Rosa Turich Mexican woman
Horace Murphy Ananias
Karl Hackett Kildare
Martin Garralaga Capt. Gomez
George Cheseboro Ashley Hill
Carlos Villarias Gov. Ruiz
Edward Cassidy Capt. Brooks
Art Mix Actor
Sherry Tansey Actor
White Flash the Horse Actor
Harry "Snub" Pollard PeeWee
James Sheridan Croft
Bob Terry Farrell
Horace B. Carpenter Bartender
Denver Dixon Henchman
Chick Hannon Henchman
Tex Palmer Henchman
Oscar Gahan Henchman
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Player
Fred Velasco Dancer
Stelita Singer
Charles King Hank Boston

Technical Credits
Albert Herman Director
Fred Bain Editor
Francis Corby Cinematographer
Edward F. Finney Producer
Harry MacPherson Screenwriter
John Rathmell Screenwriter
Frank Sanucci Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Starlight over Texas
2. Chapter 1 [8:14]
3. Chapter 2 [9:48]
4. Chapter 3 [9:31]
5. Chapter 4 [10:00]
6. Chapter 5 [8:43]
7. Chapter 6 [9:11]

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