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Ridin' Down the Canyon (1942)

Approved | | Music, Western | 30 December 1942 (USA)
Those who might write about this film without seeing it might also question why the government needed horses during WW II (if that is all they knew about it from a short synopsis read ... See full summary »

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Joseph Kane

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Robert Creighton Williams (story) (as Robert Williams), Norman Houston (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whitaker
Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan - Leader Sons of the Pioneers)
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Bobbie Blake (as Dee 'Buzzy' Henry)
Linda Hayes ... Alice Blake
Addison Richards ... Gus Jordan
Lorna Gray ... Barbara Joyce
Olin Howland ... The Jailer (as Olin Howlin)
James Seay ... Burt Wooster
Hal Taliaferro ... Henchman Pete
Forrest Taylor ... Jim Fellowes
Roy Barcroft ... Henchman
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Those who might write about this film without seeing it might also question why the government needed horses during WW II (if that is all they knew about it from a short synopsis read somewhere), but viewing it one can learn that Jim Fellows, is the head of a government experiment in wild horse reclamation for purposes other than war, and his efforts are hampered by Gus Jordan, manager of the swanky Lariat Lodge dude ranch, but actually the leader of a gang of rustlers who steal the horses as fast as the ranchers can round them up for the project. When the rustlers steal a herd from Alice Blake, her kid brother Bobbie, sets out to get help from his radio favorites, Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, and the Sons of the Pioneers, who are en route to Lariat Lodge to play a one-night stand. While riding down the road with Gabby Whittaker, who has given him a ride in his jalopy, Bobbie sees three men who he recognizes as rustlers and, when he tries to stop them, they begin beating him with ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

SIX GUN THRILLS - LOADED WITH DYNAMITE ACTION - FEATURING THE SCREEN'S GREATEST WESTERN STAR! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Music | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Marca dos Bandoleiros See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[Gabby and Pat have crashed Gabby's car]
Pat: Why, you misplaced son of a half-witted hurricane, you've killed me!
Gabby: Awww, shucks, you ain't hurt none. A little shakin'-up's good for your liver. Well, what are you going to do about my car now that you've wrecked it?
Pat: What am I gonna to do about it? I'm gonna sue you for everything you've got!
Gabby: [gesturing toward his car] Well, that's all I got! Sue me.
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Who Am I?
(uncredited)
Written by Walter Bullock and Jule Styne
Performed by Lorna Gray
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End of an era for Roy
26 December 2011 | by Henchman_Number1See all my reviews

When one of his young fans, Bobby Blake and his sister Alice's horses are stolen, (Buzz Henry and Linda Hayes) Roy and the Son's of the Pioneers become entangled in a horse rustling operation. While on his way to a singing engagement at the area dude ranch, The Lariat Lodge, Roy encounters young Blake and self-proclaimed "rustler catcher" Gabby Whitaker (Gabby Hayes) tussling with horse thieves. Roy becomes suspicious when later that evening he finds local rancher Burt Wooster (James Seay) at the scene of the rustling. Roy then sets out to find if Wooster might be involved and how this ties to the Lariat Lodge and it's owner Gus Jordan and his hostess Barbara Joyce (Addison Richards and Lorna Gray).

This one is a treat for any Roy Roger's fan, there's action to keep the story moving along with thoughtfully placed songs including the title track "Ridin' Down the Canyon" and "Blue Prairie" from Roy and the Son's of the Pioneers. Comedic relief is furnished via Pat Brady and Gabby Hayes with a running gag where each is told the other one is deaf. It's as much what this movie doesn't have as what it does have. No lavish costumed musical sets with orchestras and no action stopping slapstick comedy. If you want to know why Gabby Hayes is considered the iconic western sidekick watch this movie. A lot of the credit has to go to the dialog and screenplay by Republic Studios veteran Albert DeMond and Norman Houston. The script seems like it could have been custom written for Gabby who is almost a second lead in this one giving Roy the opportunity to what he does best, just be Roy.

After watching "Ridin Down the Canyon" it's hard to figure out why Republic Studios decided to tamper with such a successful format. After this movie and for the next several years Roy's simple, straight-forward westerns ever increasingly became theatrical musicals that bore less and less resemblance to his earlier releases. This movie is a perfect example of if ain't broke don't fix it.

Top flight Roy Rogers B-western 9 out of 10 *


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