The Fargo Phantom (1950)

Approved | | Short, Music, Western | 9 February 1950 (USA)
This entry in Universal's series of "Musical Westerns" shorts has Tex Williams, assisted by Deuce Spriggins and Smokey Rogers, bringing his six guns, fists and singing abilities against a ... See full summary »


Will Cowan


Joseph O'Donnell (screenplay), George Waggner (based on a story by) (as Joseph West)




Cast overview:
Tex Williams ... Tex Williams
Smokey Rogers Smokey Rogers ... Smokey Rogers
Deuce Spriggins Deuce Spriggins ... Deuce Spriggins
Shirlee Allard Shirlee Allard ... Pat Condon
Forrest Taylor ... Hartley
Stark Bishop Stark Bishop ... Shorty
Monte Montague ... Blacksmith Watson
Chuck Hayward ... Barnes
Ray Jones ... Stage Driver
Robert A. O'Neil Robert A. O'Neil ... Agent (as Robert O'Neil)


This entry in Universal's series of "Musical Westerns" shorts has Tex Williams, assisted by Deuce Spriggins and Smokey Rogers, bringing his six guns, fists and singing abilities against a gang of stage-robbing bandits. This film was combined with another Tex Williams short, Coyote Canyon, and reissued as the feature-length "Tales of the West No.2.) Written by Les Adams <>

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Short | Music | Western


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Release Date:

9 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheriffen i knibe See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


[Tex puts the strongbox under his seat in stagecoach driver's box]
Agent: Don't you think you'd better carry that box on top where you can keep an eye on it?
Tex: I'll carry it down here where I can keep a *foot* on it.
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A Song in Your Heart
Written by Foster Carling
Performed by Tex Williams and Smokey Rogers
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a complete b-western in 25 minutes...with songs!
19 February 2006 | by django-1See all my reviews

Decided to check out another Tex Williams musical western short this weekend (see my review of Cheyenne Cowboy). This one, THE FARGO PHANTOM (the title card was missing in my copy), features an exciting, full b-movie plot involving stealing gold shipments (in a clever manner!) crammed into the 25 minute running time. Tex, along with his fellow band-mates Smokey Johnson and Deuce Spriggins (the former in the Smiley Burnette role), wander over to Montana after stumbling into a gun battle in the Dakotas (hence, the title)and having to escape as they are blamed for a crime they did not commit. They get a job protecting a stage line used for payroll shipments. Yes, that plot is familiar, but it's carried off with style and excitement here. Tex is an authoritative western hero here--not just an ambling entertainer as he seems in some of the other shorts--and with a feature film's worth of material crammed into under one half hour, I'd imagine that audiences of the day would have found this short quite satisfying. I did, and I want to see as many more of these Tex Williams shorts as possible. Be sure to check out the reissue CD's of Tex's prime work on the German "Bronco Buster" label. There is also a nice collection available from the British Academy of Country Music.

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