Susanna Pass (April 22, 1949)

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Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Susanna Pass
 

Released on April 22, 1949: Roy Rogers arrests Dale Evans for the murder of her boss, fish hatchery owner Russell Masters.

Produced by Edward J. White

Directed by William Witney

The Actors: Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers, game warden), Dale Evans (Kay 'Doc' Parker), Estelita Rodriguez (Two Gun Rita), Martin Garralaga (Carlos), Robert Emmett Keane (newspaper editor Martin Masters), Lucien Littlefield (Russell Masters), Douglas Fowley (Roberts, aka Walter P. Johnson), David Sharpe (henchman Vince), Robert Bice (Bob Oliver), Foy Willing (Foy), Riders of the Purple Sage (musicians), Peter Brocco (Coroner Carter), Ken Cooper (jailbird), Shug Fisher (jailbird with guitar), Don Frost (Don), Mauritz Hugo (attorney), George Lloyd (singing jailbird), Johnny Paul (Johnny), Bill Potter (henchman), Darol Rice (member of the Republic Rhythm Band), Al Sloey (Al), Nellie Walker (hearing attendee)

 

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The Dale Evans and Trigger Scandal

Okay, I have a beef with old movies and the way they credit cast members. I have the highest regard for every cast member, and try to index every cast member and link them to every movie appearance on every movie that I have on the web site . . . with one exception. I decided very early in the creation of this web site that animals would never take precedence over people, and I do not list any animal actors, save ones that are legitimately the major actor in the story, like Lassie or Rin Tin-Tin. I don't get my dander up very often over a movie before it even opens, but this one had my ire from the first title screen. The first star credit screen announced that this movie was starring Roy Rogers and Trigger, the smartest horse in the Movies . . . I have great affection for several dogs and even a cat or two, but gimme a break . . . people are people, and animals are animals. Roy Rogers, happily married to Dale Evans, giving her major roles . . . rolls with more screen time and obviously more story lines to speak, listed AFTER his horse? Do you imagine that Roy Rogers loved his horse more than he loved his wife? Do you remember that after his horse passed Roy Rogers had it stuffed and kept it with him all his life? I'm wondering if his mama dropped him on his head once too often when he was a baby or something . . . really. I have never listed Trigger as an actor in any of Roy Rogers' movies, including this one, and I also didn't list Bullet the dog or Jim the crow. Whew . . . sorry folks, but I just had to get that off my chest. Now on to the movie . . . This adventure shows us a much gentler Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, much like the Roy Rogers television show that would begin a couple of years after this movie was produced. Roy Rogers is a game warden, and Dale Evans is a fish doctor working at a fish hatchery in Susanna Pass. A couple of ex-cons have escaped from prison and there will be plenty of trouble in Susanna Pass for Roy and his horse Trigger . . . sigh . . . Roy Rogers will eventually arrest Dale Evans for murder . . . and Trigger will whinny his approval . . . sorry, I regressed a bit there . . . Of course Dale will be found innocent and she and Roy will sing a couple of good western songs along the way. We'll also hear from the Riders of the Purple Sage, four cowboy western singers who got their start as house musicians at the first commercial radio station in the U.S. - KDKA Pittsburgh, before moving on to bigger and better things, including a Western radio program from 1946-1948 called The All Star Western Theater. Okay, I think I have that darned horse out of my head, so pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Robert Bice
Robert Bice
Roy Rogers and Trigger his horse
Roy Rogers and Trigger his horse
Al Sloey and Roy Rogers
Al Sloey and Roy Rogers
Dale Evans
Dale Evans
Dale Evans and Lucien Littlefield
Dale Evans and Lucien Littlefield
Dale Evans in Susanna Pass
Dale Evans in Susanna Pass
Dale Evans
Dale Evans
David Sharpe
David Sharpe
Douglas Fowley
Douglas Fowley
Douglas Fowley
Douglas Fowley
Douglas Fowley disguised as Walter P. Johnson
Douglas Fowley disguised as Walter P. Johnson
Douglas Fowley
Douglas Fowley
Estelita Rodriguez
Estelita Rodriguez
Estelita Rodriguez and Martin Garralaga
Estelita Rodriguez and Martin Garralaga
Estelita Rodriguez and Martin Garralaga and Roy Rogers
Estelita Rodriguez and Martin Garralaga and Roy Rogers
Estelita Rodriguez and Robert Emmett Keane
Estelita Rodriguez and Robert Emmett Keane
Estelita Rodriguez in 1949
Estelita Rodriguez in 1949
Lucien Littlefield and Roy Rogers
Lucien Littlefield and Roy Rogers
Martin Garralaga and Dale Evans
Martin Garralaga and Dale Evans
Riders of the Purple Sage
Riders of the Purple Sage
Riders of the Purple Sage
Riders of the Purple Sage
Robert Bice
Robert Bice
Robert Bice and Douglas Fowley
Robert Bice and Douglas Fowley
Robert Emmett Keane
Robert Emmett Keane
Robert Emmett Keane
Robert Emmett Keane
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers and Lucien Littlefield
Roy Rogers and Lucien Littlefield