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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 »

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

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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HERE'S ROY AT HIS VERY BEST IN HIS BIGGEST HIT! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Music | Western

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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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Quotes

[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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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Who Am I?
(uncredited)
Written by Walter Bullock and Jule Styne
Performed by Lorna Gray
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Rustling At the Lariat Lodge
30 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Ridin' Down The Canyon strikes a proper balance in a Roy Rogers western with singing as well as action. In this film Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers are entertainers as well as cowboys and have signed for a gig at the Lariat Lodge owned by Addison Richards and hosted by Lorna Gray. But that's only a blind because Richards makes his real money in horse rustling. Which puts him in opposition to Forrest Taylor who is leading a reclamation project to save the wild horses and preserve them in their natural habitat. If you remember The Misfits you know what some view the wild horse as good for.

Young Buzz Henry is a big fan of Roy on the radio and after his own horse named Trigger Jr. is rustled by these varmints and he runs into Roy he asks for help. Roy if nothing else is obliging to his fans.

Music for Ridin' Down The Canyon is culled from several sources. Roy sings My Little Buckaroo which was introduced by Dick Foran over at Warner Brothers and Herbert J. Yates must have plunked down some big cash to get it for this film. The old Twenties classic In A Little Spanish Town is sung nicely by Roy. And the title song is also sung well and also was a nice record for Bing Crosby.

Gabby Hayes who says he's a professional rustler catcher has some nice moments with future Rogers sidekick Pat Brady who is starting to work his way up from The Sons Of The Pioneers as Roy himself had. Brady was a very funny fellow both in film and in the Roy Rogers television show.

Nothing like having a child shown that his hero is all he thinks he is. Those are the happiest endings of all for the front row Saturday matinée kids yesterday and today. Which is another reason why Ridin' Down The Canyon still holds up well.


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