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Pecos Bill (1948)

The life of the legendary Texas cowboy with his horse, Widowmaker, and how his romance with Slue Foot Sue disrupted it.


Clyde Geronimi




Cast overview:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan (as Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers)
Luana Patten ... Luana


Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers tell the story of Pecos Bill, an infant who fell out of a covered wagon and was discovered and raised by a family of coyotes. His relationship with the coyotes teaches him survival and, as a result, grows up to become a he-man of the American Desert earning the friendship of a horse named Widowmaker after rescuing him from a flock of buzzards. However, the relationship between man and horse is threatened when Pecos falls in love with a dame named Slue Foot Sue. They plan to wed but the marriage is threatened when Pecos offers Sue a ride on Widowmaker. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Release Date:

27 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пекос Бiлл See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally released as an episode in the feature film Melody Time (1948) q.v. See more »


At the end of the cartoon, when Pecos and Widowmaker go back to live with the coyotes, it's seen that Pecos has removed his clothes and left them in a pile in the desert and Widowmaker has removed his horseshoes. However, Widowmaker lost his horseshoes earlier in the cartoon when he was bucking around when Slue-Foot Sue was riding him and a cowboy was seen being hit in the head by the horseshoes. See more »


Roy Rogers: Yep, Bill went back to the coyotes, but he never forgot Sue.
[Pecos Bill and Windowmaker are shown on top of a mountain under a full moon]
Roy Rogers: And every night when the moon raised high, he'd lift his voice a mournful cry.
[Bill howls mournfully at the moon]
Roy Rogers: Bewailing the fate of his lady fair, his long-lost love in the sky up there.
[the screen pans to a coyote standing on another mountain. The coyote howls at the moon]
Roy Rogers: So painful was his grief to see, the varmints joined in out of sympathy. And ...
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It's just another Disney cartoon
11 July 2010 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

'Pecos Bill' is one of the segments from Disney's 'Melody Time'. In my opinion, it is a cartoon with very little to offer and limited appeal. It is basically just another cartoon. And one that isn't particularly interesting, with a bland plot, poor artwork, characters incapable of captivating the public and literally no charm.

The only thing I really liked in this was the live-action sequences, with actors Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan, Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten. The actors don't portray any characters, they portray themselves (which is fun). Bob Nolan, besides himself, is also cast as The Sons of the Pioneers. And I really like that horse, it's beautiful. These live-action sequences, while not the best Disney has ever made, are nevertheless interesting, charming and fun.

If this was an entirely live-action short and these actors portrayed the animated characters (not by voicing them but as live-action) I'm sure it would have been a lot better. Unfortunately the live-action bits are short, way too short.

By giving this a 5 rating I am being generous. The 5 is because of the live-action sequences. If I only considered the live-action sequences, I'd rate it much higher than 5. But the animated parts clearly deserve a far lower rating than 5.

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