Fighting Valley


60m 1943

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 1, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Alexander-Stern Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,438ft

Synopsis

A gang of outlaws led by mine manager Tucson Jones and his pal, Slim, attack a wagonload of ore protected by Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt, Jim Steele and Panhandle Perkins. The Rangers successfully defend the wagon, and later report to Frank Burke, manager of the Independent Smelting Company, who informs them that the recent rash of ore robberies has nearly put him out of business. Burke runs the mine for the deceased owner's daughter, Joan Manning, whom he expects to arrive at any time. As ore is difficult to sell, Tex surmises that the robbers have an ulterior motive, and Frank believes that only Dan Wakely, president of the larger Rio Grande smelting company, would profit if Frank went out of business. When Joan arrives with plans to sell the business to Wakely, Frank protests that the local miners cannot afford to use Wakely's services. However, Joan is already negotiating with Wakely through her fiancé, Paul Jackson. Tex calls the local miners to a meeting at Ma Donavon's house, but they are unable to persuade Joan to change her mind, and Jim has a minor altercation with Jackson. After Wakely and Joan leave, Tex reveals his suspicions that Wakely is the mastermind behind the robberies. To force Wakely's hand, Tex has the creditors declare Independent insolvent, and he is appointed the receiver. The next day Joan and Paul present their bill of sale to Frank, but the company is now officially bankrupt. Paul, who reportedly has no money himself, tries to bribe Tex with an offer of $10,000 to give up the receivership, but Tex refuses. When Paul learns that the Rangers are obtaining a wagonload of ore, he informs Tucson and Slim, who attempt to ambush them. Tex and his friends are prepared for the assault, however, and leave the outlaws without their trousers or their horses. Tex's suspicions of Wakely are confirmed when he learns that Tucson runs a mine owned by Wakely's Rio Grande company. Joan later tries to convince Tex to stop interfering with her business, but he refuses to comply and calls her a spoiled brat. When she follows him to Ma's house, they all try to open her eyes by telling her that Jackson is double-crossing her by working for Wakely. Although she is not convinced, Joan decides to stay at Ma's house until the matter is cleared up. When the gang steals Jeff's wagonload of ore and wounds him, he shows up at Ma's cabin with the sheriff and a judge, who informs Tex that he will appoint another receiver if Tex does not reclaim the ore. Jackson accuses the Rangers of the robbery, but privately admits to Joan that Wakely was going to advance him $10,000 for the bribe. Disappointed by Jackson's dishonesty, Joan breaks off their engagement. The Rangers and Jeff then follow Jeff's wagon tracks until they see Wakely and Jackson heading for Tucson's mine. While Jeff returns to round up the miners, the Rangers sneak up to the mine and see Wakely and his men stuffing Jeff's ore into Wakely's mine sacks. The outlaws and the Rangers engage in a gunfight, which the Rangers eventually win. With the outlaws arrested, the Independent Smelter Company is restored to full activity, and the Rangers depart.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 1, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Alexander-Stern Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,438ft

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Notes

Hollywood Reporter production charts add Jack Ingraham and Ken Duncan to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Dan White, Carl Mathews, Curley Dresden, Jimmy Aubrey, Jess Cavin, Hal Price, Budd Buster and Tex Williams. For further information on the "Texas Rangers" series, consult the Series Index, and see the entry below for The Rangers Take Over.