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Don't Fence Me In (1945)

Approved | | Western | 20 October 1945 (USA)
Wildcat Kelly has been dead and buried for years. Or has he? Dale is a reporter for an Eastern magazine who comes West to find out the true story of Kelly, of whom Gabby seems to have mysterious knowledge.


John English


Dorrell McGowan (original screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittake - aka Wildcat Kelly
Dale Evans ... Toni Ames - Reporter
Robert Livingston ... Jack Chandler
Moroni Olsen ... Henry Bennett - aka Harry Benson
Marc Lawrence ... Clifford Anson
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Prentiss (as Lucille Gleason)
Andrew Tombes ... Cartwright
Paul Harvey ... Gov. Thomas
Tom London ... Ben Duncan - Sheriff of Twin Wells
Douglas Fowley ... Jack Gordon
Steve Barclay ... Tracy (as Stephen Barclay)
Edgar Dearing ... Chief of Police
Bob Nolan ... Bob


Roy, the proprietor of a dude ranch where Gabby is working as a hired hand. Dale is a photojournalist working for "Spread" magazine sent from New York to investigate a long-dead highwayman by the name of "Wildcat" Kelly. After finding out, by snooping around the ranch, that Gabby is in fact "Wildcat" Kelly, she publishes her findings in the magazine and Gabby is shot. Word is put out that Gabby died of the gunshot and a funeral is arranged. During the lying in state, Dale hides near the casket and photographs all the mourners as they pass by the casket. After the ceremony, Gabby reviews all the photos and picks out the man he saw shot him. By means of a description of the kill supplied to the local sheriff the suspected killer is traced to a local nightclub called the Westward Ho. Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers get a job entertaining at the club to try to locate and build a case against the gunman. By having Gabby make an appearance at the club and scaring the gunman into going to ... Written by Anonymously

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"Let me ride thru the wide open country that I love..." (original one-sheet poster) See more »




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Release Date:

20 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was made to take advantage of the popularity of the song which was written in 1934 with music by Cole Porter and lyrics by Robert Fletcher but did not become popular until 1944. See more »


Musicians: Are you really Wildcat Kelly?
Gabby Whittaker, aka Wildcat Kelly: I'd tell ya, but you're better off the way you are - ignorant!
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Referenced in American Gods: Donar the Great (2019) See more »


A Kiss Goodnight
Written by Freddie Slack, Reba H. Herman and Floyd Victor
Sung by Dale Evans
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I can't find Helen Talbot in this film
21 May 2007 | by frontrowkid2002See all my reviews

In looking over Helen Talbot's list of film appearances on the IMB, I noticed that she supposedly appearance in Don't Fence Me In, as a dancer. There is an opening dance number in the beginning of the film where Dale masquerades as a dancer trying to get an "uncover" story on a politician who professes to be a "Law and Order" man with family values, but is really a dirty old man who likes pinching show girls. Dale is dressed up in a cute little outfit that shows off her legs. She was really a good looking gal and it is ironic that she would even play a part considering her late years as a "Christian" role model mother. But that's another issue. Helen, although she was an actual glamor model and had been a Goldwyn Girl briefly before coming to Republic, does not appear on camera. I have run that sequence through my video machine at slow speed and cannot find any evidence that she was indeed in that film. The same thing in SONG OF NEVADA, another Rogers musical, where she was supposedly cast as an airline stewardess. I stand ready for correction, gentlemen.

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