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Bells of Coronado (1950)

Approved | | Thriller, Western | 8 January 1950 (USA)
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Roy is an insurance investigator looking into the theft of uranium ore. He must prevent the thieves from taking off in a plane with the stolen ore.


William Witney


Sloan Nibley





Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Roy's Horse
Dale Evans ... Pam Reynolds
Pat Brady ... Sparrow Biffle
Grant Withers ... Craig Bennett
Leo Cleary Leo Cleary ... Dr. Frank Harding
Clifton Young ... Ross
Robert Bice ... Jim Russell
Stuart Randall ... Sheriff
John Hamilton ... Mr. Linden, Insurance Company Official
Edmund Cobb ... Rafferty
Eddie Lee Eddie Lee ... Shanghai, the Cook
Rex Lease ... Shipping Company Foreman
Lane Bradford ... Shipping Smuggler
Foy Willing Foy Willing ... Foy


Mine owner George Perez, transporting a load of uranium, is ambushed and left for dead after a fall over a cliff. Badly hurt, he makes his way to town doctor Frank Harding (Leo Cleary), secretly the boss of the outlaw gang working with a foreign government to steal the uranium,who poisons him and passes his death off as the result of an accident. The mine passes into the hands of rancher/businessman Craig Bennett, who makes a claim for the Uranium loss and the company sends Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers) to investigate. He comes to Coronado posing as a cowhand looking for work and gets a job as a member of a line crew that includes Foy Willing (Foy Willing) and the Riders of the Purple Sage(Darol Rice, Al Sloey and George Bamby)working for Bennett's Coronado Power and Light Company. Roy also runs into an old friend, Sparrow Biffle (Pat Brady), who is a helper to Bennett's secretary Pam Reynolds (Dale Evans.) Just as Roy has uncovered evidence linking Dr. Harding, henchman Ross (Clifton Young... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Atomic Thrills... Hit the saddle with Roy and the gang... On the trail of Uranium smugglers!


Thriller | Western


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Release Date:

8 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campanas de Coronado See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Referenced in The Bionic Woman: The Night Demon (1977) See more »


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Written by Sid Robin and Foy Willing
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Western film-making pioneer William Witney provides us with another fun, swift film starring Rogers and Trigger
5 June 2004 | by FrankieDeesSee all my reviews

A criminally unheard-of William Witney has always been underappreciated by western genre fans. Just as influential as John Ford, if not more so, Witney made some of the best early westerns out there creating the modernized, choreographed Western fight scenes we still see today. Witney kept the landscapes in the back where they belong and focused on the pure joy. This film, The Bells of Coronado, was one of Witney's last collaborations with Roy Rogers and Trigger but it is still worth checking out. A little adventure, a little action, a little music. It's all here. For Western genre fans who have never seen a William Witney film, do yourself a favor and check one out. If you liked this one, also check these early greats: On the Old Spanish Trail and Adventures of Red Ryder. While I'm a big fan of John Ford, Anthony Mann and Sergei Leone and appreciate what each of them has brought to the western genre over the years, Witney is still my favorite Western filmmaker. Because there's just a pure unadulterated joy to his pictures you can't find somewhere else. Pictures with no cynicism, a welcome watch in today's cynical world.

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