Today’s film is The Ranger and the Lady starring Roy Rogers, Jacqueline Wells, Gabby Hayes, and, of course, Trigger. Roy is a Texas Ranger shortly after the Texas War for Independence. While Sam Huston is away on business, Roy and Gabby have to prevent Huston’s General from taking over Texas for himself.
The Ranger and the Lady (1940)
59 minutes (black and white)
Producer: Joseph Kane
Director: Joseph Kane
Screenplay: Stuart Anthony and Gerald Geraghty
Cast: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Gabby Hayes, Jacqueline Wells, Harry Wends, Henry Brandon, Noble Johnson, Si Jenks, Ted Mapes, Yakima Canutt, Charles Baldra, LeRoy Mason, Tom London, Fred Burns
Plot: Roy is the Texas Ranger and Jacqueline Wells is the lady – owner of a wagon train traveling down the Santa Fe Trail. While Sam Houston is in Washington trying to get Texas into the Union, his general, Augustus Larue, is seeking to gain power and to impose new taxes, namely a passage tax on the Santa Fe Trail. The lady’s father, Captain Burton, was sentenced to face the firing squad by this same General years earlier. Evidence had been found “proving” that Captain Burton had plotted with the Mexican army during the Texas War for Independence. Jane hopes to prove that Larue is really the guilty man, even though it’s too late to save her father. Roy is trying to prevent the illegal tax and keep Larue from gaining too much power.
Songs: “Chiquita” and “As Long As We’re Dancing”