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The Cowboy from Sundown (1940)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Music | 9 May 1940 (USA)
The drought-plagued ranchers of Sundown have to market their cattle at a loss in order to meet mortgage payments held by banker Cylus Cuttler. Then, Sheriff Tex Rockett is forced to ... See full summary »


Roland Lynch (screenplay) (as Rolland Lynch), Robert Emmett Tansey (screenplay) (as Robert Emmett) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Tex Ritter ... Sheriff Tex Rockett
White Flash White Flash ... Tex's Horse
Pauline Haddon ... Bee Davis (as Pauline Hadden)
Roscoe Ates ... Deputy Gloomy Day
Carleton Young ... Nick Cuttler
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... Cylus Cuttler
Dave O'Brien ... Steve Davis
Patsy Moran ... Prunella Wallaby
Tristram Coffin ... Ben Varco
Chick Hannan ... Pete - Henchman
Slim Andrews ... Judge Hank Pritchard (as 'Slim' Andrews)
Bud Osborne ... Pronto Parsons
Glenn Strange ... Bret Stockton
Joe McGuinn ... Rip Carter


The drought-plagued ranchers of Sundown have to market their cattle at a loss in order to meet mortgage payments held by banker Cylus Cuttler. Then, Sheriff Tex Rockett is forced to quarantine all the cattle on the local ranches because of a hoof-and-mouth disease outbreak. Steve Davis herds his cattle to the railhead anyway, and Tex is forced to arrest him. Urged on by the banker's son, Nick Cuttler, the angry ranchers storm the jail, but Steve's sister Bee persuades them to await the trial. Steve, with Nick's help, breaks jail and is told he must kill Tex to aid the ranchers. Meanwhile, government man Bret Stockton and Tex see Nick and his men treating cattle in an unusual way. Tex finally proves that the Cuttlers have been treating the cattle with acid to give a false impression of the hoof-and-mouth disease. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The wildest spot in the west---tamed by a fighting sheriff who's death to bad men! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

9 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Six Gun Galahad See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Sunday 19 December 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), in Chicago Saturday 22 January 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Saturday 13 August 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), and in Philadelphia Thursday 22 September 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3). See more »


The Craw-dad Song"
Sung by Tex Ritter and Roscoe Ates
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Disagreeable Duty
28 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Cowboy From Sundown casts Tex Ritter as a local sheriff with some disagreeable duty to perform. He's got to quarantine various herds of cattle for hoof and mouth disease and the ranchers are already facing drought. Which is just great for banker George Pembroke, his bottom feeding son Carleton Young and their lawyer Tristram Coffin. These guys are looking to pick up ranches at a fire sale rate and they've even used their influences to prevent the ranchers from getting government loans to help them over the rough patch.

Not only that Young is making a move on Pauline Haddon who fancies Sheriff Ritter instead, but she's a cattle rancher also. In fact except for Deputy Roscoe Ates, Tex is pretty friendless through most of this film.

Monogram would have been better to put this in a modern west setting. Back in the day there were no agencies giving out government loans, but during the New Deal there certainly were. It's a major flaw in a film that was tailor made for the New Deal times.

Still it's an OK B western that I'm sure found an audience in 1940 with a plot that resonated the present.

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