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Boss of Rawhide (1943) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Action / Adventure / Music / Western
Original Title: Boss of Rawhide
Director: Elmer Clifton
Writers: Elmer Clifton
Released: 1943
Duration: 57min
Video type: Movie
In the 8th film of the 22-film series, Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt, Jim Steele and Panhandle Perkins are sent to the district of Rawhide to investigate the killings of several ranchers. Tex enters the town posing as a tramp while the other two Rangers join a troupe of itinerant minstrels. Tex, convinced that while they may find the killer, it will not prevent further harassment of the poorer ranchers, and he returns to the Ranger station and persuades his father, Texas Ranger Captain John Wyatt, to take a leave of absence and go to Rawhide and run for Land Commissioner. Tex and his father meet Henry Colby, the wealthiest landholder in the district, who has been advised by his ranch foreman, Frank Hade, and Sam Barrett, the boss of Rawhide, that the nesters are the cause of all the lawlessness. At a meeting, preceded by the dullest, most demeaning minstrel show ever filmed, Captain Wyatt is shot (a fate that should have befallen the minstrels) and the bullet is found to be the same caliber...
Complete credited cast:
Dave O'Brien Dave O'Brien - Texas Ranger Tex Wyatt (as Dave 'Tex' O'Brien)
James Newill James Newill - Texas Ranger Jim Steele (as Jim Newill)
Guy Wilkerson Guy Wilkerson - Texas Ranger Panhandle Perkins
Nell O'Day Nell O'Day - Mary Colby
Ed Cassidy Ed Cassidy - Henry Colby (as Edward Cassidy)
Jack Ingram Jack Ingram - Sam Barrett
Billy Bletcher Billy Bletcher - Jed Bones
Charles King Charles King - Henchman Frank Hade (as Charles King Jr.)
George Chesebro George Chesebro - Henchman Joe Gordon
Robert F. Hill Robert F. Hill - Ranger Captain John Wyatt (as Robert Hill)
Dan White Dan White - Minstrel
Lucille Vance Lucille Vance - Widow Perriwinkle

The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Saturday 9 October 1948 on WATV (Channel 13).

Reviews: [3]

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    Despite the excellent cast -- and any movie is improved and rates high if Dave "Tex" O'Brien is in it -- "Boss of Rawhide" does not earn 10 stars.

    There are very many good elements, including that excellent cast -- and I cannot stress the quality of the players too much -- but there are some bad ones too: Primarily the attempts at humor by the minstrels.

    Director Elmer Clifton had been around since silent days, and his sure touch was not quite so sure, or perhaps the editing could have been tighter. Still, the framing and angles showed his experience and he kept the action moving -- most of the time.

    Jim Newill, who co-authored with "Tex" O'Brien one of the songs, sang four and showed me he was one of the best cowboy singers of the movies. He had a really good voice.

    Oliver Drake wrote the other three. His name too is just magic and means a good time is ahead for a movie audience.

    There are too many great Western performers to try to point out the great Western performances in "Boss of Rawhide."

    And the story was solid, with many and intriguing characterizations, generally well portrayed.

    It doesn't quite come together, primarily because of the unfunny "humor" of the minstrel show, but it's a B Western and therefor I like it.

    And, more important, Dave "Tex" O'Brien is one of the stars. His big fight scene at the end showed him, again, as a superior actor, and I'd rate "Boss of Rawhide" high just for him.

    You can do what I did, and see it free at YouTube -- well, almost free: There are commercial interruptions. But having to watch the beginnings of commercials is usually better than paying money.

    I do recommend "Boss of Rawhide."
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    While I am not the most politically correct guy out there and I don't get too bent out of shape about stuff I see in old films, I should point out that this film features a minstrel show. Yup, white guts wearing paint to make themselves look like stereotypical blacks...not exactly something that won't offend! I am NOT saying this make the film one to skip, it might be one to skip if you cannot look past this.

    "Boss of Rawhide" is a series western from PRC...a low-budget company known for mostly craptastic movies. They were famous for making B-movies...and "Boss" is clearly a B...with a running time under an hour and a low-budget version of The Three Mesquiteers or The Range Busters (series films from Monogram, one of the better low-budget studios).

    The story begins with a group of folks in a stage coach being shaken down to pay extra to pass through a patch of land. Soon, a guy who didn't wanna pay is shot dead by a baddie hiding in the woods and it just so happens that the Rangers are among the folks in the coach. They decide to pretend to be strangers to each other and some of them pose as traveling minstrels! The story all boils down to the usual B-western plot...there's a boss who wants to gain control of all the land there abouts and he isn't against killing and terrorizing folks to do so.

    What does the film have going for it? Well, if you like singing cowboy films, the music is at times nice...though not quite as good as what you'd find in a Gene Autry or Roy Rogers flick.

    What is working against it? Well, the plot is the most overused plot in westerns. And, the minstrel scenes are demeaning and rather gross. Overall, not one of the better films of its type, though one die-hard fans might be able to enjoy.
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    B westerns hit a nadir with Boss Of Rawhide. Three Texas Rangers, Dave O'Brien, James Newill, and Guy Wilkerson arrive in the town of Rawhide where it seems everything has a price and its all being collected by the head of the local Ponderosa. Apparently public right of way doesn't exist in this corner of the Lone Star state.

    Part of the plot involves our heroes getting the father of one of them to run for the newly created office of Land Commissioner. And as a campaign gimmick the Rangers get involved in one god awful minstrel show, awful by minstrel show standards.

    It's the reason I'm sure this particular film is not seen too often. Even without the minstrel show, there's not much to recommend it.