The Gentleman from Texas


55m 1946

Brief Synopsis

Wells Fargo sends Johnny Macklin (Johnny Mack Brown) to Rimrock to investigate stage hold-ups and general lawlessness which, according to local agent Tom Jamieson (Steve Clark)is caused by saloon owner Steve Corbin (Tristram Coffin) and his henchmen Duke Sprague (Marshall Reed) and Ace Jenkins (Terry Forst.) When Steve kills a man he had cheated in a poker game, the Rimrock Chronicle, owned by Idaho Jim Foster (Raymond Hatton)and edited by his daughter, Diane (Reno Browne as Reno Blair), starts a vigilante movement to clean up the town. Jamieson, also the mayor, swears Johnny in as the town marshal. Johnny lets henchman Slats Harper overhear information about a fictitious gold shipment, and traps some of Steve's men when they attempt a hold-up. Steve packs the jury and his men are set free. Saloon singer Kitty Malone (Claudia Drake), who is in love with Steve, becomes jealous of Flo Vickers (Christine McIntyre), and warns Johnny that three gunmen have been imported to kill him. Flo tells Steve that Kitty is an informant, and Steve plans a double murder of Kitty and Johnny.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Fighting Texan
Release Date
Jun 8, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Johnny Macklin is summoned by Wells Fargo to break up a gang of outlaws that is terrorizing the countryside near the town of Rimrock. The townspeople believe that an ex-riverboat gambler named Steve Corbin, who operates the town saloon, is behind the gang. When a miner celebrates his rich strike at the saloon, Steve signals singer Kitty Malone to discover the location of the mine. Kitty, who is in love with Steve, learns where the miner has hidden his mine map and also ascertains that the miner has not yet filed his claim. Later, Corbin's men kill the miner and file a claim on his mine. When Diane Foster, who manages the town newspaper, tries to organize a vigilante group to fight Corbin, Corbin mobilizes his men to prevent the group from forming. Macklin arrives in the newspaper office while Corbin's men are threatening Diane and chases them away. The Rimrock citizens then appoint Macklin marshal and Diane's father, Idaho Jim, his deputy. Macklin then warns all the men in the saloon that Rimrock now has a marshal who will enforce the law. Macklin's presence encourages Wells Fargo to re-establish their gold shipments, and Corbin decides to steal the shipment, not knowing that he is walking into Macklin's trap. Macklin captures two of Corbin's men, but when they come to trial, Corbin pays off the jury, and his men are found innocent. Determined to get rid of Macklin, Corbin hires some gunmen. Kitty has become jealous of Flo Vickers, another dance hall girl, and warns Macklin about the gunmen in exchange for his promise not to kill Corbin. Forewarned, Macklin survives the planned ambush. This time, Macklin takes the arrested men to the county seat, where Corbin will not be able to pack the jury. Before they can testify, however, Corbin shoots the men through the jail window and kills them. Believing that Kitty has betrayed him out of jealousy, Corbin arranges a trap to kill both her and Macklin. He sends Kitty on an errand to a deserted house and then sends Flo to tell Macklin that Corbin plans to kill her. Macklin rides to Kitty's rescue, and a suspicious Diane rouses the townspeople to follow him. In the ensuing gunfight, Kitty is killed. Macklin then goes after Corbin and, during their fight, accidentally breaks Corbin's neck. Now that the town is cleaned up, Idaho is appointed marshal while Macklin travels on.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Fighting Texan
Release Date
Jun 8, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

The film's working title was The Fighting Texan. Modern sources add the following to the cast: George Morrell, Artie Ortego and Wally West.