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Bells of Rosarita (1945)

Approved | | Western | 19 June 1945 (USA)
Sue Farnum inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at the circus. They and a number of other ... See full summary »

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Frank McDonald

Writer:

Jack Townley (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger, Roy's Horse (as The Smartest Horse in the Movies)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittaker
Dale Evans ... Sue Farnum
Adele Mara ... Patty Phillips
Grant Withers ... William Ripley
Addison Richards ... Slim Phillips
Roy Barcroft ... Henchman Maxwell
Janet Martin ... Rosarita
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Boys Choir (as Robert Mitchell Boychoir)
Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians (as Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers)
Bill Elliott ... Wild Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott)
Allan Lane ... Allan Lane
Don 'Red' Barry ... Don Barry (as Donald Barry)
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Storyline

Sue Farnum inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at the circus. They and a number of other western movie stars come to Sue's aid, putting on a show and catching the bad guys. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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All These Western Stars...Plus Music, Romance and Thrills! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Sinos de Rosarita See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[Bad guys Ripley and Maxwell are astonished that their car has been stolen]
Maxwell: There must be some crooks around here!
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Referenced in Blue Collar (1978) See more »

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Bells of Rosarita
Written by Jack Elliott
Sung by Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Sons of the Pioneers
Reprised by cast
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Good Roy Rogers Feature
23 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a very good Roy Rogers feature, perhaps among the best of his many B-Westerns. It is, as usual, primarily light entertainment, with a lot of humor and music, and this time there is some clever irony deriving from the setting - Roy plays himself, acting in a cowboy feature and at the same time getting involved in a situation that in some respects parallels his film. Dale Evans and Gabby Hayes complete the picture, and there are short appearances by several other Western stars of the era.

The story starts with Dale and Gabby heading west to try to save a circus that belonged to the father of Dale's character, while the unscrupulous Ripley (Grant Withers) has plans to take it over himself by any means necessary. As soon as Dale and Gabby arrive, they find themselves mixed up in a scene from the movie (whose title is also "Bells of Rosarita") that Roy and Bob Nolan are shooting. It's a funny scene, and cleverly done, and it sets up the story that follows as well as establishing the connection between film and reality. Most of the actual plot is not to be taken too seriously - the villains are, as usual, pretty incompetent - but it has a very pleasant tone, and a pretty good variety of action and entertainment.

This is very good for a B-Western, and certainly recommended for any fan of Roy Rogers or for those who like Westerns of the era.


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