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Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 13 May 1944 (USA)
Bad guy Craig Allen, gambler and town boss, tries to take a gold mine inherited by innocent Chip Williams on her seventeenth birthday. Roy and his pal 'Teddy' Bear ride to help the girl and her cousin.


Joseph Kane


Gordon Kahn (screenplay), Bradford Ropes (original story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
Mary Lee ... Chip Williams
Dale Evans ... Ysobel Martinez
John Hubbard ... Craig Allen
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Teddy Bear
Fuzzy Knight ... Fuzzy
Dorothy Christy ... Lulubelle
Lucien Littlefield ... Judge Loomis
Hal Taliaferro ... Henchman Matt Ferguson
Jack Kirk ... Sheriff Gilbert
Capella Capella ... Specialty Dancer
Patricia Patricia ... Specialty Dancer
Jane Beebe Jane Beebe ... Specialty Dancer
Ben Rochelle Ben Rochelle ... Specialty Dancer


Chip has inherited a supposedly worthless gold mine from her father and Craig Allen is about to buy it. Roy suspects the mine may be valuable and using a clue left by Chip's father, investigates. He finds the hidden shaft that contains the gold and with the posse chasing him on a trumped up robbery charge, races to town with ore samples hoping to get there before the ownership is transferred. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

13 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboy-ul si seniorita See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Happy Trails Begin
10 May 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In a joint book about Roy Rogers and Dale Evans that I recently read, it seems as though Herbert J. Yates at Republic Pictures had the idea that Roy could use a regular female singing star, the better to boost the audiences for his number one B picture cowboy at the time. He had under contract one Frances Octavia Smith renamed Dale Evans who had done about nine films in minor roles. She was most prominent in John Wayne's In Old Oklahoma as a second female lead.

Dale was understandably reluctant to do the film. Although she was born in Uvalde, Texas her thing was not exactly country/western. She was a band singer and a good one with Anson Weeks. Her ambition was to do musical comedy, she wanted very much to do the lead in Oklahoma and later do Annie Get Your Gun. But Yates was the boss so she agreed and the rest is history.

The film they were assigned to is Cowboy and the Senorita and truth be told it's not one of the great westerns of all time. Roy and sidekick Guinn Williams get themselves involved in saving an inheritance of a gold mine from the grasp of villain John Hubbard who's about to marry Dale, the older of the two sisters. Younger sister Mary Lee has run away because she dislikes her prospective brother-in-law so much. Roy and Big Boy save the day of course.

Cowboy and the Senorita is only important in that it was the first teaming of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. They did several pictures over the next few years and eventually married after Roy's first wife Arlene Wilkins died suddenly. After that Dale only teamed with Roy occasionally until they went to television as she was busy raising Roy's kids, her son by previous marriages and their children.

Until I saw this film I never knew Guinn Williams had done any films with Roy as sidekick. The version I have is the edited one for television and I think it's a lot of his footage that was edited out. Apparently he had a rivalry going with Fuzzy Knight that looked interesting and funny and I'd certainly like to have seen more of it.

A historic landmark and it shows Herbert J. Yates apparently did have good business sense when it didn't involve his wife Vera Hruba Ralston. On the other hand he could have asked Roy to take Vera as his next leading lady.

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