Hittin' The Trail (April 3, 1937)

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Tex Ritter in Hittin the Trail
 

Released on April 3, 1937: Horse trader Tex Randall is mistaken for the Tombstone Kid, and then framed for horse rustling by the owner of the Lucky Dollar Saloon.

Produced by Edward Finney

Directed by Robert N. Bradbury

The Actors: Tex Ritter (Tex Randall), Jerry Bergh (Jean Reed), Tommy Bupp (Billy Reed), Earl Dwire (James Clark), Charles King (henchman Slug), Snub Pollard (bartender), Ed Cassidy (Sheriff Grey), Jack C. Smith (Dad Reed), Archie Ricks (the Tombstone Kid), Hank Worden (sidekick Hank), Ray Whitley (guitar player, leader of the Range Ramblers), The Range Ramblers (Ray Whitley's Band), The Phelps Brothers (musicians), Ken Card (banjo player in Ray Whitley's Range Ramblers), The Texas Tornadoes (Tex Ritter's band), Chris Allen (barfly), Steve Clark (townsman), Oscar Gahan (henchman Duke), Chick Hannan (member of Tombstones' Riders), Robert Hoag (member of Tex Ritter's Texas Tornadoes band), Jack Kirk (posse rider), Harley Luse (member of Tex Ritter's Texas Tornadoes band), Shorty Miller (Deputy Shorty), Kansas Moehring (gambler), Buck Morgan (member of Tombstone's Riders), George Morrell (barfly), Fred Parker (townsman), Earl Phelps (fiddle player for Ray Whitley's Range Ramblers), Norman Phelps (bass player for Ray Whitley's Range Ramblers), Willie Phelps (guitar player for Ray Whitley's Range Ramblers), F.R. Smith (croupier), Rudy Sooter (guitar player for Tex Ritter's Texas Tornadoes band), Glenn Strange (posse rider), Sherry Tansey (henchman), Francis Walker (henchman Monte)

 

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Bread Upon the Waters

As our singing cowboy adventure opens Tex and Hank are heading to Pecos to do some horse trading. An hombre on the run riding a worn out horse stops and asks Tex if he can trade his very tired horse for one of Tex's well-rested horses. Now, all good cowboy fans will instantly think that this fellow is probably on the run from the Sheriff, and indeed he is. But Tex smiles and tells the fellow that if he needs a fresh horse, he is welcome to pick any one he wants. The fellow in a big hurry tells Tex that someday, some way, he will pay him back for his kindness, like "bread upon the waters." The saying is from the Jewish book of Ecclesiastes and says that if you cast your bread upon the waters, you will find it after many days. Some people call it the Golden Rule . . . Some people call it the Law of Attraction . . . In the rural places that I grew up in it was good farming . . . The same principle is embedded not only in nature, but in virtually every society and every religion and every peoples. The principle is this: Give what you have to someone who needs it, and you will get more back from that person, or more probably from somewhere else when you need it. A good farmer can plant one seed, and many days later harvest much more than the one seed that was planted. The law if increase works in nature and in everything we say or do. And the funny thing is, it doesn't matter if the person that I help turns out to be a bad guy or a good guy . . . The only thing that matters is if I am a good guy. If I allow myself to be angry a little bit, it will grow and I will become angry a lot . . . If I practice smiling a little bit every day, it will grow until I am a very jovial person. If I give money or anything else that I have to someone I meet that needs it more than I do, many days later I will receive a harvest of what I gave that will be much larger than what I gave in the first place. And the cool thing is . . . It doesn't matter whether you believe in it or not . . . Like gravity or the rotation of the earth around the sun . . . It just happens. Tex gives the Tombstone Kid a fresh horse, and is soon arrested by the Sheriff and headed for big trouble . . . Maybe in the movies this 'giving principle' doesn't work . . . Or maybe it does . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Archie Ricks
Archie Ricks
Archie Ricks
Archie Ricks
Archie Ricks and Ed Cassidy
Archie Ricks and Ed Cassidy
Archie Ricks and Tex Ritter
Archie Ricks and Tex Ritter
Archie Ricks
Archie Ricks
Charles King
Charles King
Earl Dwire
Earl Dwire
Earl Dwire and Francis Walker
Earl Dwire and Francis Walker
Francis Walker, Earl Dwire and Oscar Gahan
Francis Walker, Earl Dwire and Oscar Gahan
Earl Dwire
Earl Dwire
Ed Cassidy
Ed Cassidy
Ed Cassidy
Ed Cassidy
F.R. Smith
F.R. Smith
Francis Walker and Earl Dwire
Francis Walker and Earl Dwire
Hank Worden
Hank Worden
Hank Worden
Hank Worden
Jack C. Smith
Jack C. Smith
Jack C. Smith
Jack C. Smith
Jerry Bergh and Tex Ritter
Jerry Bergh and Tex Ritter
Jerry Bergh and Tommy Bupp
Jerry Bergh and Tommy Bupp
Jerry Bergh
Jerry Bergh
Jerry Bergh
Jerry Bergh
Ken Card
Ken Card
Ray Whitley
Ray Whitley
Ray Whitley's Band
Ray Whitley's Band
Ray Whitley's Range Ramblers
Ray Whitley's Range Ramblers
Shorty Miller and Ed Cassidy
Shorty Miller and Ed Cassidy
Tex Ritter
Tex Ritter
Tex Ritter and Earl Dwire
Tex Ritter and Earl Dwire
Tex Ritter, Hank Worden and Earl Dwire
Tex Ritter, Hank Worden and Earl Dwire
Tex Ritter, Hank Worden and Earl Dwire
Tex Ritter, Hank Worden and Earl Dwire
Tex Ritter
Tex Ritter
Tommy Bupp
Tommy Bupp
Tommy Bupp
Tommy Bupp