Country-western singing star Tex Ritter (1905-1974) rode tall in the saddle during his Hollywood heyday of the 1930s and '40s. Ritter starred in a slew of low-budget movie westerns including such films as Song of the Gringo, Hittin' the Trail, Rollin' Plains, Flaming Bullets and Prairie Gunsmoke. Valuable Tex Ritter memorabilia includes autographed photos, movie posters, lobby cards and original movie stills.
Woodward Maurice "Tex" Ritter (1905-1974) was one of the more popular singing cowboys of the 1930s and '40s. A talented music performer, Ritter made his motion picture debut in Song of the Gringo (1936), later appearing in such movie fare as Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937), Song of the Buckaroo (1938), Westbound Stage (1939), Roll Wagons Roll (1940), Prairie Gunsmoke (1942), Oklahoma Raiders (1944) and Flaming Bullets (1945). Here are ten valuable Tex Ritter movie posters and other memorabilia which are sure to please Ritter fans and collectors...
Tex Ritter Autographed Photo
A 5x7-inch black-and-white photo autographed by Tex Ritter brought $59 at auction. It's signed: "Sy, Tex Ritter + White Flash." White Flash was Ritter's horse.
Tex Ritter signed photo $59
Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937) Three Sheet Movie Poster
Tex Ritter stars as Tex Archer in Grand National's Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937). A big three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in very good/fine condition sold at auction for $239.
Sing, Cowboy, Sing three sheet poster $239
Arizona Days (1937) One Sheet Movie Poster
Tex Ritter plays Tex Malinson in Arizona Days (1937). A restored one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine condition brought $488.75 at auction.
Arizona Days one sheet poster $488.75
Hittin' the Trail (1937) Three Sheet Movie Poster
Tex Ritter portrays Tex Randall in Hittin' the Trail (1937). A three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $402.50.
The Whispering Skull (1944) One Sheet Movie Poster
Tex Ritter plays Tex Haines in The Whispering Skull (1944). A one sheet movie poster in very fine condition brought $42 at auction.
Tex Ritter Suite by Nudie Cohn
Tex Ritter was one of the first country-western singers signed by Capitol Records. A western suit designed for Ritter by Nudie Cohn of North Hollywood, California, in 1953 sold at auction for $2,342.20.
Tex Ritter Western Fawcett #6 Comic Book
Fawcett published one of the official Tex Ritter comic book lines. Fawcett #6 dated August 1951 in graded CGC very fine 8.0 condition brought $40 at auction. Original price: ten cents.
Tex Ritter #5 comic $40
Tex Ritter Western Charlton #29 Comic Book
Charlton produced its own line of Tex Ritter Western comic books. Charlton #29 dated June 1955 in graded CGC near mint- 9.2 condition sold at auction for $47.
Tex Ritter Movie Lobby Cards
A collection of eight Tex Ritter lobby cards spanning the years 1937-45 in fine/very fine condition brought $38 at auction.
Tex Ritter lobby cards $38
Tex Ritter Movie Stills
A lot of three 8x10-inch original Tex Ritter movie stills from 1943-47 in fine- condition sold at auction for $16.
Tex Ritter Movie Memorabilia Credits
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Song of the Gringo (1936) title lobby card $25
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