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Finding aid of the Edward Finney / Tex Ritter Papers 93.237
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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 was handling.
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.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)
3.5 Linear feet 4 boxes
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