The Fighting Gringo


59m 1939
The Fighting Gringo

Brief Synopsis

A cowboy tries to clear an innocent Mexican rancher of murder charges.

Film Details

Genre
Action
Western
Release Date
Aug 8, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Wade Barton is the leader of a band of trouble shooters who hire out their guns to the innocent and oppressed. When Wade and his buckaroos foil a stagecoach robbery, they meet Nita Del Campo, a passenger on the stage, who invites Wade to a festival at her father's ranch, El Rio Rancho. In town, Felipe, the barber, warns Wade that rancher John Courtney has designs on the Del Campo ranch. Courtney has bribed a surveyor to dispute the property line between his ranch and El Rio Rancho, thus ceding ownership to Courtney. At the Del Campo ranch that night, Courtney and his foreman, Ben Wallace, who is engaged to Courtney's sister Sandra, disrupt the fiesta to inform Don Aliso that the new survey proves that Courtney owns El Rio Rancho. In an ensuing struggle, Wallace shoots Courtney and frames Don Aliso for the murder. With the help of one of his ranch hands, Don Aliso escapes the clutches of the sheriff and becomes a hunted man. Meanwhile, Wade begins to suspect Wallace of Courtney's murder, and to gain his confidence, he agrees to evict Nita from the Del Campo ranch. Afterward, Wade tracks Don Aliso to a cantina and warns him that Wallace's men are on their way, thus allowing him to escape. Wade then tricks Rance Potter, Wallace's right-hand man, into believing that Wallace is planning to double-cross him, thus eliciting a confession from Potter that Wallace killed Courtney. Wade passes this information along to the disbelieving Sandra. Wade's plan backfires, however, when Wallace and Potter discover his trickery, and at the Del Campo hacienda, Wade and his buckaroos shoot it out with Wallace and his men. As their guns blaze, Don Aliso and his men ride to the rescue, and when Potter confesses the truth to Sandra, she drops all claims against El Rio Rancho.

Film Details

Genre
Action
Western
Release Date
Aug 8, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Ben Corbett (Shorty), Forrest Taylor (Jury foreman) and Hank Bell (Outlaw).