Texas to Bataan
George W. Weeks for Monogram, Range Busters Inc
directed by Robert Emmett Tansey
starring John King (= John 'Dusty' King), David Sharpe, Max Terhune, Marjorie Manners, Steve Clark, Budd Buster, E. Baucin, Frank Ellis, Kenne Duncan, Guy Kingsford, Carl Mathews, Tex Palmer, Tom Steele, Al Ferguson
written by Arthur Hoerl
Range Busters, American World War II Propaganda
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Shortly before Pearl Harbour: Because his horses are repeatedly chased
off his land by some mysterious trucks, horse rancher Conroy (Steve Clark)
calls in the Range Busters (John 'Dusty' King, David Sharpe, Max Terhune)
to investigate - and they soon find out that Conroy's Filippino cook
Cookie (E. Baucin) is actually a Japanese enemy agent, and the trucks
actually deliver Japanese guns and explosives to wherever to cause massive
destruction. The Range Busters try to round up the baddies, but Cookie
escapes - and it's unclear who's behind the whole thing.
Busters next accompany Conroy's horses to the Philippines, to make sure
nothing happens, and as fate has it, once there, they pick up the trail of
cookie rather by accident, take apart a restaurant to have him and his
cronies arrested, and pick up a trail that leads them back to the USA, and
to Conroy's neighbour (Frank Ellis), who turns out to be the head of a spy
ring. Of course, our heroes manage to round up all the spies in no time at
all and hand them over to the authorities ... then they hear the news
about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and deside to sign up for
service in the Armed Forces ...
A barely disguised propaganda
film, that as a movie flows along pretty smoothly though, and it's some
fun to see our Western heroes in unfamiliar settings - even if these
settings are reduced to mostly stock footage for budgetary reasons. That
all said, at the same time this is also a movie you will have forgotten
soon after watching, as it hardly sticks out of the flood of B-Westerns
produced in the 1940's. That said, there are way worse (also in the Range