Sunset on the Desert (April 1, 1942)

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Sunset on the Desert
 

Released on April 1, 1942: When Roy Rogers goes back to his father's town he discovers that he looks exactly like a murdering Deputy on the run.

Produced by Joseph Kane

Directed by Joseph Kane

The Actors: Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers and Deputy Bill Sloane), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Gabby Whittaker), Lynn Carver (Ann Kirby), Bob Nolan (Bob Nolan, Ann's boyfriend, member of Sons of the Pioneers), Frank M. Thomas (Judge Alvin Kirby), Beryl Wallace (Julie Craig), Glenn Strange (Deputy Louie Meade), Douglas Fowley (Ramsay McCall), Fred Burns (Jim Prentiss), Roy Barcroft (Deputy Nelson), Henry Wills (Deputy Ed), Forrest Taylor (George Belknap), Sons of the Pioneers (musicians), Pat Brady (Pat Brady, member of Sons of the Pioneers), Ralph Bucko (townsman), Roy Bucko (townsman), Bob Card (rancher), Ed Cassidy (Sheriff), Dorothy Christy (committee woman), Spade Cooley (musician), Jim Corey (townsman), Art Dillard (henchman), Hugh Farr (Hugh, member of Sons of the Pioneers), Karl Farr (Karl, member of Sons of the Pioneers), Cactus Mack (cowhand), Ted Mapes (henchman Deputy), Jack Montgomery (man at dance), Frank O'Connor (pie bidder), Jack O'Shea (townsman), Pascale Perry (rancher), Lloyd Perryman (Lloyd, member of Sons of the Pioneers), Francis Sayles (desk clerk), Tom Seidel (Tom Prentiss), Tim Spencer (Tim, member of Sons of the Pioneers), Bob Woodward (Deputy Phil)

 

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Leonard & Bob . . . Singing Legends

Leonard Slye was born in 1911 in Cincinnati Ohio and he would later claim that he was born where second base now stands at the football and baseball stadium. In 1931, after moving to California where his older sister was living, he was a peach picker in a migrant labor camp. He had a pretty good singing voice and his sister suggested that he try out for a job at a local radio station. This lead to that and in 1933 Leonard formed a country western singing group with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan. Bob Nolan wrote some of the most famous country songs of the time, including 'Tumbling Tumbleweed.' They called themselves the Pioneers Trio, but later changed the name to the Sons of the Pioneers when someone pointed out that they were much too young to be called pioneers. In 1935, with singing cowboy movies filling theater seats, the Sons of the Pioneers got parts as backup music for cowboy movies, including movies with singing cowboy superstar Gene Autry. When Gene Autry had a money dispute with the studio the producers started looking for a replacement singing cowboy for their next movie and remembered the good looking Leonard Slye from his supporting roles, and Leonard Slye became Roy Rogers, eventually becoming arguably the most famous singing cowboy movie star ever. As Roy Rogers rose in fame he never forgot his buddies in the Sons of the Pioneers, and his old singing group was featured in most of his movies, and one member, Pat Brady, became his side-kick in his television show.

In most of the Roy Rogers movies we never get good close-up shots of the singers, but this story is unique. Bob Nolan, founding member of the music group along with Roy Rogers, is a major character in the story. He is not only the leader of the music group, but is the boyfriend of one of the leading ladies and Roy will compete with Bob for her attention. This story is a typical Roy Rogers tale, with Roy using a gun in a big gunfight, but never killing anyone with it. He rarely if ever did more than wound the bad guys, keeping his soft-spoken good-guy image pristine for the kids in the audience. This story is different than most not only because his friend Bob Nolan has a large speaking part in it, but because the final gun battle between Roy Rogers and the bad guy is a gun battle between Roy Rogers and . . . . . Roy Rogers . . . . . Yup. . . . . The bad guy is an exact double of Roy, and no one in town can tell them apart. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bob Nolan, Gabby Hayes and Roy Rogers
Bob Nolan, Gabby Hayes and Roy Rogers
Roy
Roy Rogers
Gabby Hayes
Gabby Hayes
Beryl Wallace
Beryl Wallace
Beryl Wallace and Douglas Fowley
Beryl Wallace and Douglas Fowley
Beryl Wallace and Douglas Fowley
Beryl Wallace and Douglas Fowley
Beryl Wallace and Roy Rogers
Beryl Wallace and Roy Rogers
Beryl Wallace and Roy Rogers
Beryl Wallace and Roy Rogers
Beryl Wallace
Beryl Wallace
Beryl Wallace
Beryl Wallace
Bob Nolan and Lynne Carver
Bob Nolan and Lynne Carver
Bob Nolan and Pat Brady
Bob Nolan and Pat Brady
Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
Douglas Fowley
Douglas Fowley
Douglas Fowley and Frank M. Thomas
Douglas Fowley and Frank M. Thomas
Douglas Fowley
Douglas Fowley
Ed Cassidy, Douglas Fowley and Gabby Hayes
Ed Cassidy, Douglas Fowley and Gabby Hayes
Frank M. Thomas
Frank M. Thomas
Frank M. Thomas
Frank M. Thomas
Fred Burns and Forrest Taylor
Fred Burns and Forrest Taylor
Fred Burns and Frank M. Thomas
Fred Burns and Frank M. Thomas
Gabby Hayes
Gabby Hayes
Gabby Hayes and Roy Rogers
Gabby Hayes and Roy Rogers
Gabby Hayes, Roy Rogers and Beryl Wallace
Gabby Hayes, Roy Rogers and Beryl Wallace
Gabby Hayes and Roy Rogers
Gabby Hayes and Roy Rogers
Gabby Hayes
Gabby Hayes
Gabby Hayes
Gabby Hayes
Glenn Strange
Glenn Strange
Glenn Strange, Douglas Fowley and Beryl Wallace
Glenn Strange, Douglas Fowley and Beryl Wallace
Glenn Strange, Henry Wills and Douglas Fowley
Glenn Strange, Henry Wills and Douglas Fowley
Glenn Strange and Henry Wills
Glenn Strange and Henry Wills
Glenn Strange
Glenn Strange
Lynne Carver
Lynne Carver
Lynne Carver and Frank M. Thomas
Lynne Carver and Frank M. Thomas
Lynne Carver
Lynne Carver
Pat Brady singing
Pat Brady singing
Pat Brady
Pat Brady
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers and Beryl Wallace
Roy Rogers and Beryl Wallace
Roy Rogers and Frank M. Thomas
Roy Rogers and Frank M. Thomas
Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes
Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes
Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes
Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes
Roy Rogers, Henry Wills and Glenn Strange
Roy Rogers, Henry Wills and Glenn Strange
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
Sons of the Pioneers
Sons of the Pioneers