Red River Valley (December 12, 1941)
Released on December 12, 1941: Singing cowboy Roy Rogers gets put in jail for kidnapping the Sheriff and his daughter, while the bad guys convince the town to give away their rights to the water behind the new dam.
Produced by Joseph Kane
Directed by Joseph Kane
Written by Malcolm Stuart Boylan
The Actors: Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Gabby Whittaker), Sally Payne (Sally Whittaker), Trevor Bardette (Allison), Gale Storm (Kay Sutherland), Robert Homans (Sheriff Sutherland), Hal Taliaferro (Murdock), Lynton Brent (Feld), Sons of the Pioneers (musicians), Chuck Baldra (townsman), Hank Bell (Hank), Pat Brady (Pat Brady, member of the Sons of the Pioneers), Bob Nolan (cowhand, leader of the Sons of the Pioneers), Bob Burns (townsman), Fred Burns (cattle rancher), Hugh Farr (Hugh, member of the Sons of the Pioneers), Karl Farr (Karl, member of the Sons of the Pioneers), Jerry Jerome (casino henchman), Jack Kirk (sheep rancher), Ted Mapes (henchman), Monte Montague (mechanic), Jack O'Shea (helpful passerby), Edward Peil Sr. (cattle rancher), Lloyd Perryman (Lloyd, member of the Sons of the Pioneers), Jack Rockwell (unknown), Tim Spencer (Tim, member of the Sons of the Pioneers), Dick Wessel (man delivering lumber)
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King of the Singing Cowboys
In January of 1938 Leonard Slye was just a cowboy singer with a bit part in the Gene Autry movie “The Old Barn Dance” and no one in the audience knew who the young fellow was. Three months later, in April of 1938 he was the star of the movie “Under Western Stars” and promoted as the King of the Cowboys. Gene Autry, the most famous singing cowboy in motion pictures in 1938, was demanding more for his next movie than the studios wanted to pay, so the studio thought it could pick any young fellow from the many bit part cowboy actors and build their own singing cowboy star. Someone remembered one of the singers in the Sons of the Pioneers who had just had bit parts in the Gene Autry movie and they thought that this one fellow with rugged good looks and boyish smile might be just what movie fans would enjoy. They changed his last name to Rogers, in honor of Will Rogers, who had recently died. They made his first name ‘Roy’ . . . . Which is French for ‘King’. . . . And the King of the Cowboys was created.
This 1941 adventure was filmed several years before Roy Rogers’ first wife would die during childbirth and he would meet and marry Dale Evans, so the pretty girl in this story is Gale Storm, who would one day star in her own television situation comedy series. Every cowboy adventure needs a crime or two, and this one is packed with crime. The Sheriff and his daughter are kidnapped . . . . Twice! The kidnapper is caught and put in jail, but he escapes with the help of his henchmen. Next this same fellow steals a 1941 Cadillac convertible and wrecks it. This fellow then plans a robbery at a casino, and as part of the robbery sets the place on fire. If ever a town like Red River Valley needed the help of a man like Roy Rogers, this is the place, and this is the time. . . . . But wait . . . . Can it be? . . . . The fellow who has committed all of the crimes that I mention is . . . . Roy Rogers! . . . . But have no fears buckaroos, because there is more fun than fear in this story, and more music than mayhem, so . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Dick Wessel and Sally Payne
Gale Storm and Roy Rogers
Gale Storm and Trevor Bardette
Pat Brady and Sally Payne
Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes
Sally Payne and Gabby Hayes
Sally Payne at the telephone switchboard
Sons of the Pioneers