A man of no worth brags to his daughter back East that he is rich and owns a big ranch. When she decides to pay a visit to her father, Roy and his buddies agree to pretend that the poor man is the owner of the ranch.
Billy breaks jail in Texas and travels to Sundown at the request of his friend Fuzzy. There he runs into Mort Slade who is after a mortgage held by banker Ainsley. Slade's men rob the bank ... See full summary »
In Texas after the Civil War, Ballard has declared martial law intending to drive the ranchers out of the county. When Col. Davis ousts Ballard and Roy is elected Sheriff, his man Stacy ... See full summary »
George 'Gabby' Hayes,
Escaping from the Marshal, Billy and Fuzzy ride to Laramy only to find it a ghost town. Sykes and his gang have driven people away while they look for the gold mine of a man they have ... See full summary »
Fuzzy opens a store only to find that everyone buys on credit. The absence of cash is due to the range war between the cattlemen and the farmers started by Kinney. The Sheriff being worthless, Billy is quickly drawn into the conflict.
Trouble in Colorado is tying up Union troops needed back east during the Civil War and Lieut. Burke is sent to investigate. Macklin and his gang are causing the problems and Capt. Mason ... See full summary »
George 'Gabby' Hayes,
To bring water to their valley, ranchers have raised money to build a dam. When that money is stolen, Allison suggests the ranchers sell their stock to a friend of his thereby getting the money needed to complete the dam. Roy has a clue that Allison was involved in the robbery and is out to get control of the valley. So Roy and the boys try to delay the sale of the stock while they look for proof against Allison.Written by
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Singing star Roy Rogers returns to his home to find that the the money the town raised to finance their much needed dam project has been stolen. The town desperate for water agrees to sell their interest in the dam over to Allison (Trevor Bardette). Roy suspicious of Allison tries to stop the rest of the town, headed by cranky Sheriff Sutherland (Robert Homans) from signing over their water rights. Aided by Gabby Whittaker (Gabby Hayes), his daughter (Sally Payne), and the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy tries to thwart plans to steal the town's water. If that means Roy has to commit a few felonies along the way to stop the bad guys, then so be it.
Released in 1941 this Joseph Kane directed entry in the Roy Rogers series marks a change in the style of Roy's westerns. His prior movies were contemporaneous and historically oriented with Roy playing parts like Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill. Red River Valley ushers Roy into the Automobile Age Western where people hitch their horses beside station wagons. Kane over a period of several years shifted to more musically oriented releases eventually changing Roy's singing cowboy movies into musical lollapaloozas. This one strikes a nice balance between the singing and the action. Roy is re-united with his former group, The Son's of the Pioneers, who get in several well done numbers.
This movie also marks the first teaming of Roy with future sidekick Pat Brady. Brady would continue to be featured and become a mainstay of Roy's movies continuing on through Roy's television series in the 1950's. Despite the fact that Roy's best movies lay ahead of him under the direction of William Witney, this movie maybe more than any other, marks the beginning of what most most fans would soon come to remember as the classic Roy Roger's Western.
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