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Sunset in El Dorado (1945)

Approved | | Action, Music, Western | 29 September 1945 (USA)
The story involves a rather odd flashback by Dale who is visiting El Dorado, home of her grandmother. She dreams about her grandmother's adventures including a romance with a cowboy who ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writers:

Leon Abrams (original story), John K. Butler (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger (as The Smartest Horse in the Movies)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby
Dale Evans ... Lucille Wiley / Kansas Kate
Hardie Albright ... Cecil Phelps / Cyril Earle
Margaret Dumont ... Aunt Dolly / Aunt Arabella
Roy Barcroft ... Buster Welch
Tom London ... Sheriff Gridley
Stanley Price ... Lyle Fish - Henchman
Robert J. Wilke ... Curley Roberts - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
Ed Cassidy ... U. S. Marshal
Dorothy Granger ... Maisie - Switchboard Operator
Bob Nolan ... Bob - Leader Sons of the Pioneers
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians
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Storyline

The story involves a rather odd flashback by Dale who is visiting El Dorado, home of her grandmother. She dreams about her grandmother's adventures including a romance with a cowboy who looks very much like Roy. Roy, of course, also exists in the present for Dale. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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MUSIC AND THRILLS! Singing a song...Slinging a gun...Swinging his fists...Roy knows his western manners! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | Music | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama de Eldorado See more »

Filming Locations:

Victorville, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Call of the Prairie
Written by Ken Carson
Performed by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
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Starring the sweet Miss Dale Evans!
8 August 2010 | by mikhail080See all my reviews

Here's a sweet little "oater" from Republic that probably entertained the girls in the audience more than their guys. It's really a Dale Evans movie all the way, told totally from her viewpoint and she appears in practically every scene.

The hook is that the entire cast plays dual roles: one in present day, and one in the 1890's in which may either be a flashback or a dream. The plot centers on unhappy career woman Dale who makes a fast break for the country to reconnect with her roots, namely her deceased Grandmother who was a notorious saloon hall songstress. Her aunt Margaret Dumont and her fiancé Hardy Albright follow, and they're not happy when Dale meets flirtatious cowboy Roy Rogers. He gives Dale a tour of the now deserted town of El Dorado, winding up in the saloon where Dale's granny sang. Sleepyhead Dale nods off, and dreams up an alternate reality where she's now playing her own grandmother, and all the cast members are there only with different costumes and names.

There's some shootouts and chases, all handled expertly by Roy Rogers at his athletic best. And of course, between the bullets, he sings a couple songs and two duets with Dale. The supporting cast is great, and it's a joy to see old pros Gabby Hayes and Margaret Dumont playing scenes together. There's a lot packed into the short running time, although the denouement seems a bit rushed.

So Dale Evans really proves that she has star quality in this, and looks fabulous in both the contemporary and gay nineties fashions. And not far away is Roy Rogers, leading Trigger and looking handsome in his trademark cowboy gear.

*** out of *****


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