Tex Yancey (Tex Ritter) arrives on the Parker ranch on Christmas eve and is given the job of being Santa Claus. Also dressed as Santa Claus, Blackie (Bob Terry) robs Parker and kills a man. When Tex is arrested for the murder, he escapes and joins up with outlaw Becker (Charles King) and his gang. He finds Blackie's Santa Claus suit but is soon made a prisoner.
October 20, 2019 Subject:
Down, Down, Down And Out
A mediocre western from Monogram with some of the worst photography I've ever seen - particularly action scenes against a projected background. However, the story has some unusual aspects - its set at Christmas in Wyoming - snow covered plains and mountains, herds of reindeer, wolves howling, men wearing snowshoes, wagons on skis, and Tex Ritter, his usual blithe self ready with a song even under the worst of circumstances, as Santa Claus. Mary Brodel, plays the pretty love interest and ranch owner Candy Parker at the center of the cattle rustling problem. In her first film she was one of the Brodel Sisters, singing instrumentalists and dancers - with sister Betty and sister Joan Leslie. While IMDb has no background info on Mary, you can find out a good deal under IMDb's Joan Leslie bio. The villains are well played by Charles King as Red Becker, an unusually superstitious boss and Bob Terry as his main henchman Blackie. I could have done with fewer of the forgettable songs which hold up the action. Nevertheless it gets 3 stars for its unique setting and script.