The Bells of San Angelo (April 15, 1947)
Released on April 15, 1947: (running time 1 hour and 15 minutes) Roy Rogers uncovers a silver smuggling operation bringing cheaper silver from Mexico into the U.S. and pretending to mine it in the U.S. to get the higher U.S. price.
Produced by by Edward J. White
Directed by William Witney
Written by Paul Gangelin with screenplay by Sloan Nibley
The Actors: Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers, Border Investigator), Dale Evans (Lee Madison), Andy Devine (Cookie Bullfincher), John McGuire (Rex Gridley), Olaf Hytten (Lionel Bates), David Sharpe (Henchman Ulrich), Fritz Leiber (Padre), Hank Patterson (the deaf bus passenger), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (the cook), Eddie Acuff (bus driver), Bob Nolan (Bob, member Sons of the Pioneers), Sons of the Pioneers (musicians), Doc Adams (mine henchman), Pat Brady (Pat, member of the Sons of the Pioneers), Keefe Brasselle (Ignacio), Ralph Bucko (mine henchman), Roy Bucko (mine henchman), Ken Carson (Ken Carson, musician), Whitey Christy (mine henchman), Victor Cox (bus passenger), Art Dillard (mine henchman), Hugh Farr (fiddle player, member Sons of the Pioneers), Karl Farr (guitar player, member of Sons of the Pioneers), Fred Graham (mine henchman who guarded Lee), Silver Harr (mine henchman), Jay Kirby (rider), James Linn (mine henchman), Kansas Moehring (mine henchman), Post Park (mine henchman), Eddie Parker (mine henchman), Rex Rossi (Ramon), Tim Spencer (Tim, member Sons of the Pioneers), Charles Sullivan (henchman Roberts), Ray Turner (Buck), Dale Van Sickel (henchman Mike), Luana Walters (the lodge clerk)
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Her Disastrous Life
So, you think that your life is rough and there is nothing to smile about? Everyone else has it easy and you get the tough end of life, and it just isn’t fair. The people that are smiling and living the good life never experienced the disasters that are a daily part of your life. Think again.
On October 30, 1912, Lucille Wood Smith was born. For some reason her mother always told her that her birthday was October 31 and that her name was Frances Octavia Smith. The girl only discovered the truth many years later when she applied for a passport. The reason for her mother’s deception will probably never be known, but there it is, and it can’t have been good.
At the age of 14 she got married and soon had a baby boy. The baby’s father fled to parts unknown and she was on her own with a baby, at a time when mothers with babies but no husbands were not looked on kindly. Still, she had a song in her heart and a passion to become a radio singer, so she got a job as a secretary at a radio station, looking for an opportunity to sing. She soon joined a band and made her way to Hollywood with the goal of becoming a movie actor.
Along the way she got married again, and divorced, and married again, and divorced again. Life just wasn’t treating this mother very well, but she still sang her way onto the big movie screen and into the hearts of her fans. As luck would have it, in 1943 she got a part in a John Wayne cowboy movie as a singing saloon girl, and a few months later she got a part in a Roy Rogers singing cowboy movie. Ms. Smith had changed her stage name to Dale Evans, and she and Roy Rogers got along famously, getting married on New Year’s Eve 1947. Finally she has everything going for her and her life is beautiful. She has endured more disasters than most folk could imagine, and came out singing and smiling. She was beginning what would become a legendary film career, and she had a devoted and loving husband, . . . What could go wrong?
Dale Evans dearly wanted a child with the love of her life, and on August 26, 1950 Robin Elizabeth Rogers was born. Unfortunately, 23 months later their baby girl died from complications of severe Down Syndrome. After her grieving period, Dale Evans wrote a best-selling inspirational book about their dead daughter, bringing hope and inspiration to parents across the country. Dale Evans always refused to accept the disasters of her life as her destiny, instead determining to become a happy, spirited inspiration on screen and off.
In this cowboy adventure, she is an author of cowboy novels, and Roy Rogers is a government border agent at the Rio Grande town of San Angelo. Of course, there are silver smugglers crossing the border, with plenty of fist fighting, gun shoot-outs, and a song or two from Dale and Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Dale Evans and Roy Rogers
Andy Devine and David Sharp
Andy Devine and Roy Rogers
Bob Nolan and Andy Devine
Dale Evans, Roy Rogers and Olaf Hytten
Dale Van Sickel
John McGuire and David Sharpe
Roy Rogers and John McGuire