Southward Ho!


57m 1939

Film Details

Also Known As
Heading for Texas
Release Date
May 19, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

At the end of the Civil War, Gabby and Roy return from service with the Confederate Army to take possession of half-interest in a Texas ranch willed to Gabby by his aunt Lucy. Upon arriving at the ranch, the pair discover that the other half is owned by Colonel Denbigh, a Union officer with whom they had an unpleasant experience during the war, and his daughter Ellen. However, Denbigh is content to leave the running of the ranch to Roy and Gabby when he is appointed military governor of the district and subsequently dispatches a squadron of cavalry to police the territory. Unknown to Denbigh, the squadron, led by Captain Jeffries, is comprised of a gang of renegade soldiers who initiate a reign of terror by robbing and maiming the ranchers. When Roy accuses Jeffries' men of using unlawful tactics, Denbigh promises to investigate, but before the inquiry can begin, Jeffries bushwacks Denbigh, declares martial law and confiscates the ranchers' firearms. When the renegades seize the opportunity presented by Denbigh's death to undertake more ruthless plundering, Roy organizes the ranchers to oppose them. Through a ruse, Gabby and Roy reclaim the ranchers' guns, and after a rousing shootout between the raiders and the ranchers, Roy shoots Jeffries and restores peace to the valley.

Film Details

Also Known As
Heading for Texas
Release Date
May 19, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Film Length
6 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Heading for Texas. Although onscreen credits attribute the screenplay to Gerald Geraghty and Jack Natteford and story to John Rathmell, the copyright records credit the story to Rathmell and Natteford and screenplay to Geraghty. A news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Wade Boteler replaced J. Farrell MacDonald as "Denbigh" because MacDonald had prior committments. Modern sources add Fred Burns, Frank Ellis, Jack Ingram, Frank McCarroll, Curley Dresden, Jim Corey, Rudy Bowman, George Chesebro and Trigger to the cast.