- From The Sam Sherman Archives
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 51 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 30, 2010
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Devoid of of human decency, Jeff Gray is stealing cattle from his recently orphaned six-year-old niece, Sugar. Jeff plans to bankrupt the ranch so that his boss, shady Vic Insley, can take over. All is going smoothly until cowhand Tex catches the thieves altering the brands on Sugar's herd. He concocts a clever plan to steal the Longhorns back from the rustlers. Tex will need to come up with a survival plan after the gang learns that their rustled livestock has completely vanished.
Tex Ritter's illustrious career as a singing cowboy actor earned him legendary status as a western screen star in the 1920s and 1930s and later as a popular recording artist best remembered for the iconic title theme to High Noon. This Monogram production was filmed on location at California's scenic Tejon Ranch and features Glenn Strange as outlaw boss Vic.
Monogram's answer to Republic's Gene Autry, Tex Ritter was never successful in his choice of sidekicks. In PALS OF THE SILVER SAGE he had to contend with bucolic Slim Andrews, who at least was a personal friend if no bargain in the comedy department. But this time he was also saddled with one Sugar Dawn, a very resistible child actress who would reappear in THE GOLDEN TRAIL) (not to mention haunt Tom Keene in no less than five consecutive oaters). Ritter, Andrews and little Miss Dawn filmed PALS OF THE SILVER SAGE in picturesque Tejon Ranch near Lebec, California, but that was the really the Western's only recommendation. Orphaned Sugar Dawn is in danger of losing her ranch unless she can make the deadline for a cattle delivery. But foreman Jeff (Dawn') (Carleton Young), who is also the girl's cousin, is in the employ of nefarious neighbor Vic Insley (Glenn Strange). Enter Tex Wright (Ritter) and his sidekick Cactus (Andrews) who concoct a scheme to trap the villains. Tex is mistaken for a rustler along the way but everything is cleared up within the allotted 52 minutes. Ritter sang Prairie Fairy Tale by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter but otherwise kept the warbling to a minimum.