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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Spook Town (1944) as Jim Steele
Dty Gulch Trading Post owner Kurt Fabian (Robert Barron) advances money on mortgages to the local settlers to finance an irrigation program. Three Texas Rangers, Tex Wyatt (Dave "Tex" O'Brien), Jim Steele (Jim Newell) and Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson) transport the money in a strong box which they place in the Wells Fargo safe as agent Sam Benson (Dick Curtis, for only about the third time in his 200-plus film career he isn't the dyed-in-the-wool villain) assures them that he is the only one who knows the safe combination. Fabian conspires with Bill Gunner (Dick Alexander), Breed Crocker (Bob Cason) and Trigger Booth (Charles King) to steal the money and they fail, but Fabian gets it on his own. Benson is arrested, and a committee of citizens, led by Oscar Perrin (John Elliott) accuse Captain Wyatt (Edward Cassidy) and the Rangers of carelessness and request the resignation of the Captain if the money is not recovered. Fabian owns the abandoned ghost town of "Mystic", and Gunner, Crocker and Booth take him there to force him to tell where he has hidden the money, They shoot at his feet to intimidate him and he dies from fright and shock. Tex, Jim and Panhandle are also searching the town and they find Fabian's body. Benson tells Lucy Warren (Mady Lawrence) that the money may be hidden in the old Wells Fargo office in Mystic and they go there and find the strongbox. Enter Gunner, Crocker and Booth. Enter the Rangers. Gunfight.
2.
Brand of the Devil (1944) as Jim Steele
Jolley is the leader of the Devil's Brand gang of rustlers. When Molly Dawson sends for the Texas Rangers, Tex, Jim, and Panhandle arrive pretending not to know each other. But eventually their identities become known and they are captured by the gang.
3.
Outlaw Roundup (1944) as Jim Steele
Before he was sent to prison, Spade Norton buried the $200,000 he took from a robbery. Tex arrives posing as Norton and gets into the local outlaw gang. But unknown to Tex, Norton had broken out and now appears to expose him as a fake. As the outlaws head out to retrieve the money and finish off Tex, he leaves a clue for his two Ranger partners.
4.
Gunsmoke Mesa (1944) as Jim Steele
Black's men kill a couple but fail to find their baby that will make Black a fortune. The Texas Rangers arrive to find the murdered couple and the baby and soon find themselves accused of the murder. As the other two Rangers investigate, Panhandle turns on a gramophone recorder to try and record the baby. Just then Black and his men arrive making him a prisoner and what they say will later prove to be the evidence needed to convict them.
5.
Guns of the Law (1944) as Jim Steele
The 11th in the series of 14 "Texas Rangers" westerns from P.R.C. that starred Dave O'Brien and Jim Newill, before Newill was replaced by Tex Ritter in the concluding eight films of a very bad 22-films series: Lillian Wilkins (Jennifer Holt) and her old Civil War Veteran Uncle Jed Wilkins (Budd Buster)own a ranch through which a pipeline will be laid. They are unaware of this but Dan Tyndall (Robert Barron), Joe Hyslop (Bob Kortman) and Tom Binns (Frank McCarroll) are aware of the possibilities for a quick profit and set out to prove through crooked-surveyor Sam Brisco (Jack Ingram)that the land has been improperly surveyed and not rightfully the possession of the Wilkins. They go to family friend and attorney Kendall Lowther (Charles King) for advice and this is not a good move as Lowther is actually the brains behind the scheme to beat them out of their property. But Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt (Dave O'brien) and Jim Steele (Jim Newill) show up to take a hand on the side of the Wilkins. That also means that Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson), accompained by Lee Zahler's horrific comedy scoring, will also show up. Wilkerson's comedy and Zahler's music is enough to make one root for the villains. This one has so many villains that Bud Osborne is relagated to playing a good guy role.
6.
The Pinto Bandit (1944) as Jim Steele
7.
Bad Men of Thunder Gap (1943) as Jim Steele
8.
Border Buckaroos (1943) as Jim Steele
With the owner of a ranch now dead, Melford takes aim at the two heirs. The will states they must arrive by a certain date or the property will revert to his Lawyer cohort. When his men try to stop their arrival the Texas Rangers appear just in time. Tex poses as a hired gunman and Jim as one of the heirs as they try to find out why Melford wants an apparently worthless ranch.
9.
Fighting Valley (1943) as Jim Steele
The Independent Smelting Company is being forced out of business through ore shipments being hijacked while on the way from the various mines. Ma Donovan (Mary MacLaren), owner of the Elkhorn Mine, asks for help from Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt (Dave O'Brien), Jim Steele (Jim Newill) and Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson). They learn from Frank Burke (John Elliott), manager of the smelter, that if he cannot get ore he will be forced to close, and the miners will have to do business with the Rio Grande Corporation owned by Dan Wakely (John Merton). Joan Manning (Patti McCarty), owner of the smelter, arrives from the east, with her fiancee Paul Jackson (Robert Bice) and, acting on his advice, intends to sell the smelter to Wakely's company. At a meeting, with the Rangers present, Joan instructs Paul to prepare an inventory of the plant for the sale, and he remarks that it is practically bankrupt. Tex suggests that the miners use the remark by Jackson to declare it bankrupt and appoint a receiver. They do so and make Tex the receiver. This does not set well with Wakley or Jackson, who is working for Wakely to help him get control of the smelter, and they launch an all-out attack against the miners and the Rangers.
10.
West of Texas (1943) as Jim Steele
Texas Rangers Tex and Jim head to New Mexico to bring in Yeager and his men who are fighting the new railroad. The real crooks however are Calloway and his lawyer Conlon who have been forging deeds and rustling cattle. When Tex sets a trap to bring in Yeager, Jim refuses and the two Rangers find themselves on opposite sides.
11.
Boss of Rawhide (1943) as Jim Steele
In the 8th film of the 22-film series, Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt (Dave O'Brien), Jim Steele (Jim Newill) and Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson) are sent to the district of Rawhide to investigate the killings of several ranchers. Tex enters the town posing as a tramp while the other two Rangers join a troupe of itinerant minstrels. Tex, convinced that while they may find the killer, it will not prevent further harassment of the poorer ranchers, and he returns to the Ranger station and persuades his father, Texas Ranger Captain John Wyatt (Robert Hill), to take a leave of absence and go to Rawhide and run for Land Commissioner. Tex and his father meet Henry Colby (Edward Cassidy), the wealthiest landholder in the district, who has been advised by his ranch foreman, Frank Hade (Charles King), and Sam Barrett (Jack Ingram), the boss of Rawhide, that the nesters are the cause of all the lawlessness. At a meeting, preceded by the dullest, most demeaning minstrel show ever filmed, Captain Wyatt is shot (a fate that should have befallen the minstrels) and the bullet is found to be the same calibre as that used in the earlier killings, although Wyatt is only wounded. Mary Colby (Nell O'Day), riding the range, sees Barrett attempt to kill Tex using a rifle. Realizing he has been identified, Barrett hurries back to town where he meets the other gang members, and they prepare to fight against the Rangers.
12.
Bombardier (1943) as Captain Rand
Military officers compete for the same woman while training pilots for war.
13.
Return of the Rangers (1943) as Jim Steele
14.
Trail of Terror (1943) as Jim Steele
15.
The Rangers Take Over (1942) as Jim Steele
Texas Ranger Sergeant Jim Steele (Jim Newill) spots Pete Dawson (Bud Osborne) taking horses over the Mexico-Texas border, but Dawson has an alibi. A new group of recruits arrives at the Ranger station, among them, Tex Wyatt (Dave O'Brien), the son of Ranger Captain John Wyatt (Forrest Taylor), whom he hasn't seen for many years. Captain Wyatt tells Tex that, in the Rangers, he is there strictly on his own merit and there will be no favors played. He assigns Tex to pick up Dawson's trail, but orders that no arrest be made without proof. Jim, Tex and Ranger Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson) find Dawson and his men at the Oasis Trading Post where, forgetting his orders, Tex tries to arrest him. A fight ensues until Jean Lorin (Iris Meredith), the Post owner, covers the fighters with a gun and demands they stop. Dawson escapes and Captain Wyatt dismisses Tex from the Ranger Service for disobeying orders. The embittered Tex joins up with Rance Blair (I. Stanford Jolley) who, unknown to Tex, is partner of Dawson. He also unknowingly becomes involved with the rustlers, and is captured and arrested by the Rangers, but escapes. Captain Wyatt is wounded in the pursuit of the gang, and is captured and taken prisoner to their hideout.
16.
The Falcon's Brother (1942) as Paul Harrington
A gentlemanly detective calls on his brother to help him stop the Nazis from assassinating a key diplomat.
17.
The Great American Broadcast (1941) as Singer
After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together.
18.
Murder on the Yukon (1940) as Renfrew
19.
Sky Bandits (1940) as Sgt. Renfrew
Sgt. Renfrew and Constable Kelly go aloft to search for a plane missing with a shipment of gold from the Yukon Mine Company. Inventor Speavy has devised a power ray which disrupts electrical impulses, and Morgan and his gang of crooks has brought in Prof. Lewis to increase the ray's range, telling him he's helping the government develop this new weapon. Speavy spills the beans to Prof. Lewis and his daughter Madeleine,and Morgan threatens to implicate them in his crimes unless they cooperate. Morgan kills Speavy when he tries to warn Renfrew, but when Madeleine stows away on board the doomed plane Renfrew is piloting, will the crooks be able to make Prof. Lewis use the power ray to bring the plane down?
20.
Yukon Flight (1940) as Renfrew
When the plane owned by the "Yukon and Columbia Mail Service" crashes, RCMP Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien) suspect murder. Their suspicions are confirmed when Renfrew finds the control stick has been jammed, forcing the plane to fly in one direction until the gas ran out. Mine owner Louise Howard (Louise Stanley) reports that her superintendent is missing. The Mounties find him murdered and that too has been made to look like an accident. A new mail service pilot, Bill Shipley (Warren Hull), arrives. He had gone to training school with Renfrew but had been cashiered for misconduct. The Mounties discover that Raymond (Karl Hackett), who had been working for Louise, really owns the flying line managed by Yuke Cardoe (William Pawley.) They find proof that all the gold from the mine isn't being turned over to Louise, and suspect that Raymond and Yuke are stealing the gold and shipping it to Seattle by plane. Renfrew sets a trap and Yuke and Raymond try to escape in their plane.
21.
Danger Ahead (1940) as Sergeant Renfrew
22.
Fighting Mad (1939) as [Sgt.] Renfrew
23.
Crashing Thru (1939) as Sgt. Renfrew
Six people are in on a gold robbery. Three of them double-cross the others. Mountie Renfrew has to go after them alone when his partner Kelly is wounded.
24.
25.
Something to Sing About (1937) as Jimmy
A New York bandleader takes Hollywood by storm.
26.
Sing While You're Able (1937) as Himself
27.
Renfrew of the Royal Mounted (1937) as Sergeant Renfrew
Counterfeit bills are being printed in Canada and shipped across the border hidden in blocks of ice. When the counterfeiters force engraver Bronson to make a new plate, he inscribes a tiny help message on it. Renfrew catches a henchman who has one of the new bills. A magnifying glass lets him read the message and he heads out alone to round up the counterfeiters.

Music (feature film)

28.
Spook Town (1944) as Composer
Dty Gulch Trading Post owner Kurt Fabian (Robert Barron) advances money on mortgages to the local settlers to finance an irrigation program. Three Texas Rangers, Tex Wyatt (Dave "Tex" O'Brien), Jim Steele (Jim Newell) and Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson) transport the money in a strong box which they place in the Wells Fargo safe as agent Sam Benson (Dick Curtis, for only about the third time in his 200-plus film career he isn't the dyed-in-the-wool villain) assures them that he is the only one who knows the safe combination. Fabian conspires with Bill Gunner (Dick Alexander), Breed Crocker (Bob Cason) and Trigger Booth (Charles King) to steal the money and they fail, but Fabian gets it on his own. Benson is arrested, and a committee of citizens, led by Oscar Perrin (John Elliott) accuse Captain Wyatt (Edward Cassidy) and the Rangers of carelessness and request the resignation of the Captain if the money is not recovered. Fabian owns the abandoned ghost town of "Mystic", and Gunner, Crocker and Booth take him there to force him to tell where he has hidden the money, They shoot at his feet to intimidate him and he dies from fright and shock. Tex, Jim and Panhandle are also searching the town and they find Fabian's body. Benson tells Lucy Warren (Mady Lawrence) that the money may be hidden in the old Wells Fargo office in Mystic and they go there and find the strongbox. Enter Gunner, Crocker and Booth. Enter the Rangers. Gunfight.
29.
Guns of the Law (1944) as Composer
The 11th in the series of 14 "Texas Rangers" westerns from P.R.C. that starred Dave O'Brien and Jim Newill, before Newill was replaced by Tex Ritter in the concluding eight films of a very bad 22-films series: Lillian Wilkins (Jennifer Holt) and her old Civil War Veteran Uncle Jed Wilkins (Budd Buster)own a ranch through which a pipeline will be laid. They are unaware of this but Dan Tyndall (Robert Barron), Joe Hyslop (Bob Kortman) and Tom Binns (Frank McCarroll) are aware of the possibilities for a quick profit and set out to prove through crooked-surveyor Sam Brisco (Jack Ingram)that the land has been improperly surveyed and not rightfully the possession of the Wilkins. They go to family friend and attorney Kendall Lowther (Charles King) for advice and this is not a good move as Lowther is actually the brains behind the scheme to beat them out of their property. But Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt (Dave O'brien) and Jim Steele (Jim Newill) show up to take a hand on the side of the Wilkins. That also means that Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson), accompained by Lee Zahler's horrific comedy scoring, will also show up. Wilkerson's comedy and Zahler's music is enough to make one root for the villains. This one has so many villains that Bud Osborne is relagated to playing a good guy role.
30.
Border Buckaroos (1943) as Composer
With the owner of a ranch now dead, Melford takes aim at the two heirs. The will states they must arrive by a certain date or the property will revert to his Lawyer cohort. When his men try to stop their arrival the Texas Rangers appear just in time. Tex poses as a hired gunman and Jim as one of the heirs as they try to find out why Melford wants an apparently worthless ranch.
31.
Boss of Rawhide (1943) as Composer
In the 8th film of the 22-film series, Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt (Dave O'Brien), Jim Steele (Jim Newill) and Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson) are sent to the district of Rawhide to investigate the killings of several ranchers. Tex enters the town posing as a tramp while the other two Rangers join a troupe of itinerant minstrels. Tex, convinced that while they may find the killer, it will not prevent further harassment of the poorer ranchers, and he returns to the Ranger station and persuades his father, Texas Ranger Captain John Wyatt (Robert Hill), to take a leave of absence and go to Rawhide and run for Land Commissioner. Tex and his father meet Henry Colby (Edward Cassidy), the wealthiest landholder in the district, who has been advised by his ranch foreman, Frank Hade (Charles King), and Sam Barrett (Jack Ingram), the boss of Rawhide, that the nesters are the cause of all the lawlessness. At a meeting, preceded by the dullest, most demeaning minstrel show ever filmed, Captain Wyatt is shot (a fate that should have befallen the minstrels) and the bullet is found to be the same calibre as that used in the earlier killings, although Wyatt is only wounded. Mary Colby (Nell O'Day), riding the range, sees Barrett attempt to kill Tex using a rifle. Realizing he has been identified, Barrett hurries back to town where he meets the other gang members, and they prepare to fight against the Rangers.
32.
Trail of Terror (1943) as Composer
33.
West of Texas (1943) as Composer
Texas Rangers Tex and Jim head to New Mexico to bring in Yeager and his men who are fighting the new railroad. The real crooks however are Calloway and his lawyer Conlon who have been forging deeds and rustling cattle. When Tex sets a trap to bring in Yeager, Jim refuses and the two Rangers find themselves on opposite sides.
34.
Return of the Rangers (1943) as Composer

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