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Silver City Bonanza (1951)

Approved | | Western | 1 March 1951 (USA)
Blind Pete Horne knows the location of the Lost Spanish Silver Lode, but is knifed before he can tell anyone. His seeing eye dog, Duke, brings Rex Allen and Gabriel Horne to Pete's lifeless... See full summary »


George Blair


Robert Creighton Williams (as Bob Williams)




Complete credited cast:
Rex Allen ... Rex Allen
Buddy Ebsen ... Gabe Horne
Mary Ellen Kay ... Katie McIntosh
Billy Kimbley Billy Kimbley ... Jimmy McIntosh
Alix Ebsen Alix Ebsen ... Susie McIntosh
Bill Kennedy ... Monk Monroe
Gregg Barton ... Henchman Hank
Clem Bevans ... Town Loafer
Frank Jenks ... Theater Owner
Hank Patterson ... Postman
Harry Lauter ... Pete Horne
Harry Harvey ... Groggins


Blind Pete Horne knows the location of the Lost Spanish Silver Lode, but is knifed before he can tell anyone. His seeing eye dog, Duke, brings Rex Allen and Gabriel Horne to Pete's lifeless body. They set out to find the killer and run into trouble near Silver City, Arizona, when they rescue Katie McIntosh from a gang that is chasing her buckboard. She asks Rex and Gabriel to stay and help her on her ranch. Following an attempt to drive off her cattle, Rex finds a clue to the strange secret behind Pete's murder - a tiny brass fitting which Rex discovers is part of a Navy diver's equipment. Tying this up with stories he has heard about "the ghost in armor" who rises from the lake on Katie's ranch at night, Rex comes to the conclusion that the lost lode is under the lake. Pete, who had been a Navy diver in the war, had recognized the sound of a pump as the crooks, led by Monk Monroe, dived to search for the mine entrance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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silver | cattle | blind | dog | murder | See All (10) »


Rip-roaring round-up of action! music! thrills!




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Release Date:

1 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mina submarina, 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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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References Code of the Silver Sage (1950) See more »


I Ride an Old Paint
Sung by Rex Allen
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There is a lot more of interest in this one, for music and film fans, than just a couple of players from television.
29 November 2005 | by horn-5See all my reviews

The small girl, Alix Ebsen, six or seven years old, that plays the kid sister Susie MacIntosh, was Buddy Ebsen's daughter. Part of the plot involved a birthday party for the Susie character, in which Rex Allen and Mary Ellen Kay do a duet on "Lollipop Lane" (written years ago by Fred Rose and Johnny Marvin). The singing only lasts a couple of verses, then the song becomes an extended instrumental in which ex-hoofer Buddy Ebsen does a dance with with his real-life young daughter. The enjoyment that Mr. Ebsen derives from this sequence is shown on his face throughout.

The music for this number was supplied by four uncredited members of the then-current line-up of the Sons of the Pioneers; Karl Farr, George "Shug" Fisher, Lloyd Perryman and Frankie Messina. In 1950, the Sons of the Pioneers shared a radio program with Rex Allen, sponsored by Phillips Petroleum, and in 1951 the Pioneers had their own "Lucky U Ranch Gang" program (sponsored by Planter's Peanuts, so the sponsor's initial stayed the same). Band members working on the program at the time this film was made were brothers Hugh and Karl Farr, Lloyd Perryman, Ken Curtis, George "Shug" Fisher and Tommy Doss, plus former Spade Cooley vocalist Ginnie Jackson and fiddle player Wade Ray and accordionist Frankie Messina. But only the four mentioned above were in this film, marking one of the rare times The Sons of the Pioneers didn't receive a screen credit and were seen on screen. Their uncredited music is heard in many films.

Midway through the film, Rex Allen and Gabriel Horne (Buddy Ebsen) are in town seeking information, and Rex is talking to a theatre manager played by Frank Jenks. They are standing in front of a one-sheet poster from Allan Lane's "Vigilante Hideout" (Now Playing) and behind them as a Coming Attraction is a one-sheet from Lane's "Code of the Silver Sage." It wasn't so much that theatre manager Jenks was a victim of block booking, but more like Republic Pictures Corporation never missed a chance, when the film time-period allowed (and sometimes when it didn't), to plug their own movies.

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