Under California Stars (April 30, 1948)

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Roy Rogers and Jane Frazee
 

Released April 30, 1948: Roy Rogers finishes another cowboy movie, then goes to his ranch to celebrate 10 years in the movies, but his horse Trigger is kidnapped so Roy and the boys must find him and get him back.

Produced by Edward J. White

Directed by William Witney

The Actors: Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), Trigger (Roy's horse), Jane Frazee (Caroline Bullfincher), Andy Devine (Cookie Bullfincher and Alf Bullfincher), George Lloyd (Pop Jordan), Wade Crosby (Lige McFarland), Michael Chapin (Ted Carver), House Peters Jr. (henchman Ed), Steve Clark (Sheriff), Joseph A. Garro (John the banker), Paul Power (movie director Paul), John Wald (WYX radio announcer), Bob-Nolan (Bob), Sons of the Pioneers (musicians and ranch hands), Pat Brady (member, Sons of the Pioneers), Tommy Coats (henchman), Ken Cooper (henchman), Hugh Farr (fiddler, Sons of the Pioneers), Karl Farr (singer, Sons of the Pioneers), Doye O'Dell (member, Sons of the Pioneers), Post Park (horse whipper), Pascale Perry (henchman), Lloyd Perryman (singer, Sons of the Pioneers)

 

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The Little Boy and the Shaggy Dog

Roy Rogers began his movie career as part of the music group 'Sons of the Pioneers' in 1935. The group appeared in several Gene Autry cowboy movies, and when Gene Autry, who became famous as ‘the singing cowboy,’ gave the studios some trouble over producing more movies, the studios decided that they needed a backup ‘singing cowboy’ and ‘Len Sly,’ singer for the Sons of the Pioneers, became cowboy hero ‘Roy Rogers.’ His first full length movie was released on April 20, 1938 with the title of ‘Under Western Stars.’ Go forward ten years and Roy is a bona-fide movie star, and he decides to make a motion picture celebrating his ten years in movies, and he will call it ‘Under California Stars.’

The story begins with Roy Rogers in a fist fight with a bad guy, and after knocking the man out, the camera backs up and we see the boom microphone, the director and stage hands as the director yells, ‘Cut.’ We see Roy ending the filming of a movie, and he tells his director that he is now heading for his ranch to celebrate his ten years in movies. Arriving at the ranch, we find the Sons of the Pioneers and Andy Devine, with his unique bullfrog voice, preparing for the anniversary party.

After Roy arrives, a ranch hand rushes up and tells them of horse rustlers on Roy’s land, and they all jump on their trusty horses and ride out to the spot just in time to see a mangy critter cowboy hitting a horse with a shovel and dropping the horse to the ground, unconscious. This is too much for Roy, who jumps off of his horse and has a knock-down, drag-out fight with the horse rustler.

Later we see the man returning to the fellow that hired him, and amidst the talk of Roy stopping them from rounding up stray horses, he kicks a small mutt dog that belongs to his step-son. Now, if there was ever a signal in a movie that a fellow was rotten, hitting horses and kicking small dogs sure lets us know. There are lots of good story lines that I won't go into, but the center of the movie is these bad guys that decide to kidnap Roy's horse Trigger, and hold him for $100,000 ransom, which Roy must borrow from his movie studio.

There is only one person who can help Roy Rogers get his beloved horseback, and that person is a young boy with a scraggy dog named Tramp. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Andy Devine
Andy Devine
Andy Devine and Jane Frazee
Andy Devine and Jane Frazee
Andy Devine
Andy Devine
Andy Devine and the Sons of the Pioneers
Andy Devine and the Sons of the Pioneers
And Devine
And Devine
George Lloyd
George Lloyd
House Peters Jr.
House Peters Jr.
House Peters Jr.
House Peters Jr.
Jane Frazee
Jane Frazee
John Wald
John Wald
Michael Chapin and Jane Frazee
Michael Chapin and Jane Frazee
Michael Chapin and Roy Rogers
Michael Chapin and Roy Rogers
Michael Chapin riding Trigger
Michael Chapin riding Trigger
Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
Roy Rogers and Jane Frazee
Roy Rogers and Jane Frazee
Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
Roy Rogers and Jane Frazee
Roy Rogers and Jane Frazee
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
Steve Clark, Andy Devine and Roy Rogers
Steve Clark, Andy Devine and Roy Rogers
Tramp and Michael Chapin
Tramp and Michael Chapin
Wade Crosby and George Lloyd
Wade Crosby and George Lloyd
Wade Crosby
Wade Crosby