Tex Granger

Tex Granger is a 1948 Columbia movie serial featuring the title character as a masked cowboy referred to as The Midnight Rider of the Plains in the serial's subtitle. It was based on a character from the comic Calling All Boys while the plot was taken from The Last Frontier (1926),[1] which was itself based on the novel of the same name by Courtney Ryley Cooper. Tex Granger was the 36th of the 57 serials released by Columbia.

Tex Granger
Poster of chapter 10 (Midnight Ambush)
Directed byDerwin Abrahams
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byLewis Clay
Royal K. Cole
Harry L. Fraser
Arthur Hoerl
George H. Plympton
StarringRobert Kellard
Peggy Stewart
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
Smith Ballew
Jack Ingram
I. Stanford Jolley
Music byMischa Bakaleinikoff
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byEarl Turner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 1, 1948 (1948-04-01)
Running time
15 chapters (270 minutes)
CountryUnited States


When Tex Granger rides into Three Buttes, Helen Kent persuades him to buy the local newspaper office. However, loan shark Rance Carson appoints the bandit Blaze Talbot as town marshal to act as his enforcer and soon the town is in chaos. With fighting between rival gangs, Tex dons a mask to become "The Midnight Rider of the Plains" and bring the criminals to justice.


  • Robert Kellard as Tex Granger, new owner of the town newspaper and secretly also The Midnight Rider of the Plains
  • Peggy Stewart as Helen Kent
  • Robert 'Buzz' Henry as Timmy Perkins, a young boy
  • Smith Ballew as Blaze Talbot, bandit appointed as marshal by Carson
  • Jack Ingram as Reno, bandit working with Blaze Talbot
  • I. Stanford Jolley as Rance Carson, the villainous loan shark
  • Terry Frost as Luke Adams, one of Carson's henchmen
  • Jim Diehl as Conroy, one of Carson's henchmen
  • Britt Wood as Sandy White
  • Tiny Brauer as Morgan, one of Carson's henchmen
  • Duke, the dog

Chapter titles

  1. Tex Finds Trouble
  2. Rider of Mystery Mesa
  3. Dead or Alive
  4. Dangerous Trails
  5. Renegade Pass
  6. A Crooked Deal
  7. The Rider Unmasked
  8. Mystery of the Silver Ghost
  9. The Rider Trapped
  10. Midnight Ambush
  11. Renegade Roundup
  12. Carson's Last Draw
  13. Blaze Takes Over
  14. Riding Wild
  15. The Rider Meets Blaze


See also


  1. Tex Granger Overview at All Movie Database, retrieved 27/04/07
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 247. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Brick Bradford (1947)
Columbia Serial
Tex Granger (1948)
Succeeded by
Superman (1948)
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