Road Agent


60m 1941

Brief Synopsis

Reissued by Realart Pictures in 1953 as "Texas Road Agent", with a title change because RKO had just made a 1952 film using this title, and this was the first year that Universal's "Road Agent" was known as "Texas Road Agent" and that was not a 1941 alternate title as shown by some revisionist-history sources. The actual 1941 filming title was "The Sonora Kid." Duke Masters (Dick Foran) and his two pals, Pancho (Leo Carrillo) and Andy (Andy Devine), are undercover agents for an express company sent to round up a gang of bandits who have been holding up stages carrying gold to the cattlemen of the district. They begin by hijacking a gold shipment from the three bandits who took it from the stage. They take it to town and drop it at the bank. The money was the annual payment to the cattlemen, who are excitedly surrounding bank president Sam Leavitt (Samuel S. Hinds). Steve (John Gallaudet) and the two gunmen who helped him rob the stage are in the crowd. They report this unexpected turn of events to their boss, Big John Morgan (Morris Ankrum.) Morgan tries unsuccessfully to pin the original robbery on Duke and his pals. He later confers with Leavitt who is an unwilling tool in the holdups. Morgan tries to decoy Duke, Pancho and Andy out of town while his gang holds up the bank, but Duke, with the help of Leavitt's daughter, Patricia (Anne Gwynne), beats them to it and cleans out the bank himself, taking the money to Leavitt's home to cache. But Morgan, Steve and the gang are in pursuit.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 19, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,507ft

Synopsis

After a stagecoach robbery, cowboys Duke Masters, Pancho and Andy steal the strongbox from the bandits. In Calliope, the local ranchers complain to banker president Sam Leavitt about the recent rash of hold-ups and threaten to take their money to another town. The robbed stagecoach then arrives, with the town's murdered sheriff and deputies aboard. Later, Duke and his men return the strongbox, less their "ten percent commission," to the bank, and the townspeople accuse them of the murder. After saloon singer Lola stands up for Duke, he visits her and learns that she is now married to Steve, whom Duke recognizes as one of the real bandits. Under the alias "Douglas," Duke pretends to be an out-of-town rancher and opens a large account in Leavitt's bank, where he meets the banker's lovely daughter Patricia. At Leavitt's party, Duke's true identity is discovered, and despite Patricia's warning, Duke, Pancho and Andy are captured. The townspeople plan to hang the accused murderers the next morning, but Lola's testimony, backed by her husband, convinces all of their innocence. After a speech by Tom Martin, Duke is made sheriff, and Pancho and Andy, his deputies. Duke's first official action is to ban firearms in town, and when saloon owner Shayne refuses to abide, Duke and his men are forced into a fight. Using a cannon, they force Steve and the other outlaws to leave town. Later, Patricia learns that outlaw leader Big John Morgan is coming to town, so she tries to convince Duke to leave. Instead, Duke meets with Morgan, who agrees to follow all of the town's new laws. Morgan then meets with his secret partner, Leavitt, who tries unsuccessfully to convince the outlaw to go straight. An election is held for mayor, with Tom the leading candidate. At the same time, Lola is tricked into telling Duke that Morgan plans to kidnap Patricia and ransom her for the bank's holdings. Duke and his men then rob the bank, much to the chagrin of Morgan, who had the same idea. Duke takes the money to the Leavitt ranch, where he shoots it out with Morgan and his gang. The townspeople, rallied by Tom, then arrive at the ranch and capture Morgan and his men. Despite Tom's efforts, Duke, Pancho and Andy make their escape, leaving behind the bank's money and a note to Leavitt, telling him that Duke is actually a special agent for Wells Fargo Express and that he can now run his bank honestly.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 19, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,507ft

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Notes

Variety mistakenly gives the running time of this film as sixty-nine minutes. Hollywood Reporter notes that actor Richard Davies was optioned by Universal to appear in this film after his supporting performance in that studio's Unfinished Business . According to modern sources, the film was re-released under the title Texas Road Agent.