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Song of the Gringo

Song of the Gringo(1936)

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Lawman Tex goes undercover as an outlaw by holding up miners Robert Henderson and Norman Conklin as they turn in gold from their mine. During a storm, Tex is chased by the sheriff and his deputies to the hacienda of Don Estaban Valle, where Tex hides. Hoping to capitalize on Tex's talents as an outlaw by hiring him, SeƱor Evans, Don Estaban's business partner, convinces the sheriff to give up his search for Tex in the house. When Tex emerges from his hiding place, he finds himself in the bedroom of Lolita, Don Estaban's daughter, and she nurses his wound and falls in love with him. Evans then recruits Tex to help him steal the profitable Henderson-Conklin mine. Evans and Don Estaban have recently financed a string of mine owners who have run into trouble. Mysteriously, all those who have accepted Evans' help have been killed, after which their property has been seized by Evans and Don Estaban. Unaware that Evans has been hiring men to kill the miners, Don Estaban has innocently profitted. Soon Evans becomes jealous of Tex's favor with Lolita, whom Evans desires, while Cherokee begins to suspect Tex's loyalty to Evans. Forcing Tex to prove himself, Evans instructs him to dynamite the Henderson-Conklin mine, then orders Tex to kill the miners. While Cherokee watches nearby, Tex successfully fakes the murders, making it look as if Henderson and Conklin shot each other, then orders them to go into hiding. After the newspapers report Henderson and Conklin's death as part of a growing list of tragedies associated with Don Estaban, he vows to extricate himself from Evans' crime ring. At Lolita's birthday fiesta, to which the sheriff has been invited, Lolita, alone with Tex, warns him to leave before he is killed. Don Estaban then catches the couple embracing and, denouncing Tex for bringing shame to his house, orders him to leave. During their argument, Don Estaban is shot, and Tex is blamed. Following Evans' orders, the Estaban maid identifies Tex as the outlaw whom the sheriff chased the night of the storm, and Tex is arrested for the miners' murders and stands trial. Tex proves his innocence by arranging for Henderson and Conklin to enter the courtroom. In a panic, Evans shoots Tex in the arm, and himself is shot by the sheriff and Tex. Later Tex returns to Lolita's room with a wounded arm, and she tells him her father, now recovered, has given them permission to marry.