Scope and contents
Title: Edward Finney / Tex Ritter Papers
Identifier/Call Number: 93.237
Autry National Center, Autry Library
Language of Material:
3.5 Linear feet
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1938-1939
Date (inclusive): 1938-1939
The collection is primarilty publicity files of Ed Finney, mostly regarding Tex Ritter. Primarily covers the early part (1938-39)
of Ritter's career with Monogram and Grand National. Some material dates through the 1940's and also covers other actors Finney
Finney, Edward F.
Edward Finney was a talent scout and producer for Grand National Studios, when he "discovered" Tex Ritter and signed him to
a contract in 1936. Grand National Studios produced "B" Westerns. Between 1936 and 1938, when the studio folded, Ritter and
Finney made 12 features together. They both then moved to Monogram in 1938. In 1941, Ritter signed on with Columbia studios.
By the time he left Monogram's employ, he and Finney had made a total of 32 B Western movies together.
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Tex Ritter was born Woodward Maurice Ritter on January 12, 1905. He was an American country music singer and motion picture
actor popular from mid 1930s into the 1960s. Ritter first appeared on radio, hosting and appearing in such western shows as
"The Lone Star Rangers" and "Cowboy Tom's Roundup." In 1936, Ritter moved to Los Angeles. His motion picture debut was in
"Song Of The Gringo" (1936) for Grand National Pictures. Ritter later made "singing cowboy" movies for Universal Pictures
and Producers Releasing Corporation. January 2, 1974, Ritter passed away in Nashville, Tenn. (Source: Wikipedia)
Purchased from Suzanne Licht (Edward Finney's daughter)
Processed by Library and Archives staff and Jeanette Berard, March 2000.
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also be obtained by the reader.
Scope and contents
Publicity files of Ed Finney, mostly regarding Tex Ritter. Primarily covers the early part (1938-39) of Ritter's career with
Monogram and Grand National. Some material dates through the 1940's and also covers other actors Finney was handling. There
are some materials on Tex Ritter and the Northwesterners. The bulk of the material is press clippings, exploitation material,
still photos, and movie documentation. There are two boxes of files, some loose photographs in a binder, and some additional
Edward Finney / Tex Ritter Papers, 1938-1939, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; 93.237; [folder number] [folder title][date].
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Grand National Pictures.
Monogram Pictures Corporation.
Northwesterners (Musical group).
Man from Texas (Motion picture : 1939)
Motion picture actors and actresses
Pioneers (Motion picture : 1941)
Rhythm of the Rio Grande (Motion picture : 1940)
Ridin' the Cherokee Trail (Motion picture : 1941)
Roll Wagons Roll (Motion picture : 1940)
Rollin' Westward (Motion picture : 1939)
Sing Cowboy Sing (Motion picture : 1937)
Song of the Buckaroo (Motion picture : 1938)
Song of the Gringo (Motion picture : 1936)
Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (Motion picture : 1937)
Trouble in Texas (Motion picture : 1937)
Utah Trail (Motion picture : 1938)