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Roy Rogers (Character)
from Eyes of Texas (1948)

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Bells of San Angelo (1947)
[first lines]
Padre: It's always good when you come here and we join our voices together in song. I'm only sorry that trouble brings you here.
Roy Rogers: I'm sorry too, Padre, but I think with the help of my friends over the border here, we'll be able to get this thing straightened out.

[Roy is unhappy that his boss has ordered to cooperate with Lee Madison while she researches her next western novel]
Bob: Did you read "Murder on the Border"?
Cookie Bullfincher: Golly, I did. It's about...
Roy Rogers: I know what it's about - black-hearted villains and roarin' six-guns. I'd like to see him face those six guns he writes about.

[Roy pretends to be an outlaw so he can scare Lee Madison into returning to the East]
Roy Rogers: Well, where's Madison?
Lee Madison: H-he didn't show up. What do you want him for?
Roy Rogers: I want his money. He's rich and I'm poor!
Lee Madison: You mean you rob from the rich and give to the poor?
Roy Rogers: Yeah, that's right. Besides, I don't like him.
Lee Madison: Why?
Roy Rogers: Did you ever read any of those awful western stories he writes?
Lee Madison: Awful?
Roy Rogers: Yeah, awful. They give us outlaws a bad name!

Roy Rogers: Here's the silver we found on the murdered boy. It's almost pure. Lee was right - it's a plant. Here's the real ore from the Monarch
[mine]
Roy Rogers: . There isn't enough silver in a ton of it to pay their light bill.

[seeking the location of an old Mexican silver mine, Roy, Cookie, Lee and the Padre find a clue on one of the bells of San Angelo church]
Padre: [reading the inscription] "As the sun rises, the shadow of my arms and the pillar of my strength shall mark that which God made and whence came the bells of San Angelo."
Lee Madison: That's beautiful!
Cookie Bullfincher: But what does it mean?
Roy Rogers: "... The shadow of my arms and the pillar of my strength..." Arms, pillar - that must mean a cross! Cookie, do you know where there's a cross around here?
Cookie Bullfincher: Sure! On top of the church.
Roy Rogers: No, I mean up in the hills near the border where the mine could be.
Padre: None now, but there was a shrine many years ago to which the people came to pray to Santa Guadalupe at Easter.
Cookie Bullfincher: Sure, Padre, I remember. On your side of the border near some rimrock!

[Roy accidentally bumps into Lee Madison, and realizes that she was the girl in the coach he had held-up earlier that day]
Roy Rogers: Why, hello there, I met you...
[catches himself]
Roy Rogers: I mean, I'm sorry.


My Pal Trigger (1946)
Shug: Where are you headed, Roy?
Roy Rogers: I don't know exactly, Shug. But I'm gonna put as a lot of miles between me and here before daylight.

Roy Rogers: Time to be here and there he is. You're kind of quick on the trigger, son.
Walling: What are you going to name him, Roy?
Roy Rogers: I just did. It's Trigger!

Sheriff: Goodbye, Rogers. I hope I won't see you again under these circumstances.
Roy Rogers: You won't... under any circumstances.

Roy Rogers: It's like a told you, Trigger. Sometimes it's fun and sometimes it's tough. You got to take the breaks the way they come. Life is sort of like gambling. You can't always win.

[first lines]
Roy Rogers: Golden horses - that's what they call the palominos. And palominos have quite a history. You know, the history of my own palomino began right here at this ranch. If I hadn't-a gone through that gate a few years back, I'd never have gotten my pal, Trigger.


Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)
Ysobel Martinez: You said you were looking for work. Would you be interested in a job on the Martinez Ranch?
Roy Rogers: Well, that depends on who runs it.

'Teddy' Bear: Mr. Ferguson has a statement to make, folks. Haven't you, buster?
Matt Ferguson: Well, I did have, but I'm kind of forgetful.
[Teddy Bear starts to drag Ferguson from the room]
Roy Rogers: Where are you taking him?
'Teddy' Bear: To the memory room.
Matt Ferguson: Wait a minute! It's coming back to me! I'm beginning to remember!

[first lines]
'Teddy' Bear: I'm so hungry I could eat that gee-tar.
Roy Rogers: If they don't like this song, we'll both eat it.
'Teddy' Bear: And make broth out of the strings. Give 'em the works, Roy!

[Mary is searching for a lost treasure in her father's old mine]
Chip Williams: You're going to help me?
Roy Rogers: Sure. My partner's a mining fool and I'm... well, I'm just a fool.


Spoilers of the Plains (1951)
Splinters: You know, Roy, I fixed this rig all up by myself.
Roy Rogers: Yeah?
Splinters: Based on Newton's theory of gravitivity. Why, you know Shakespeare said that if you run enough rope through enough pulleys, that you could lift the world. 'Course, that is if you had somethin' to hook it to, like, ah, let me see, um...
Roy Rogers: Like the moon or the sun?

[after soaking Frankie with fire-extinguishing foam, Roy and Splinters send her to the beauty shop at their expense]
Oil company worker: She's been over there for hours. I wonder what keeps women in beauty shops so long?
Roy Rogers: Has been a long time.
Oil company worker: Here comes Splinters.
[to Splinters, who has just entered the office]
Oil company worker: Why you don't look any better!
Splinters: Well, whadja expect? I've aged a little since you last saw me.

Roy Rogers: Well, this is North Creek and the spot you showed me on the map is just downstream. Frankie, is there the possibility that someone besides yourself would like to get a hold of that rocket?
Frankie Manning: Very definitely - that's why I'm worried. It's an entirely new type and most of the computations are in J.D.'s head. If anything happened to him, or an unfriendly power got ahold of the instruments inside that rocket, it would be a terrible thing! But who around here...?
Roy Rogers: You never can tell, it might be your next-door neighbor.

Splinters: Gee, if it's Camwell, he's a dangerous guy!
Roy Rogers: I'd say he's a dangerous traitor.


San Fernando Valley (1944)
Dale Kenyon: I certainly hope I run into you again sometime.
Roy Rogers: Thanks!
Dale Kenyon: At 60 miles an hour!

[Walk up to the jailbird wagon]
Marshal: Climb in.
Dale Kenyon: You mean ride in that!
Marshal: Sure!
Dale Kenyon: I won't do it!
Roy Rogers: Then you'll have to run along behind.

Dale Kenyon: Oh, my goodness! poor man! He stepped right in front of me! Well don't just stand there, get some water! Get a doctor, quick!
Keno: Reckon we better find out who he is first. He may not be worth savin'.
[Takes Roy's money out of his pocket]
Keno: I'll take care of this till he comes to."
Roy Rogers: No you don't! Shame on you picking an unconscious man's pocket.
Dale Kenyon: The idea, pretending you were hurt.
Roy Rogers: I thought it was a good idea.
Dale Kenyon: Well, I hope you got bumped hard enough to look where you're going.
Roy Rogers: Oh, but I'm afraid I've been bumped harder than you realize. May I, ah, have your name and address?
Dale Kenyon: You may not!
Roy Rogers: But I have an internal injury I'd like to come around and talk to you about.
Dale Kenyon: You have a colossal nerve!
Roy Rogers: Takes nerve in a competitive world. I'll bet I have a lot of competition. Unless you're married.
Dale Kenyon: No... Yes, I am. I'm married and I have five children.
Roy Rogers: But I heard you the first time.
Dale Kenyon: Well I'm not interested in what you heard, nor in standing here talking to you, and furthermore...
Marshal: Your under arrest!
Dale Kenyon: ...your under arrest! What for?
Marshal: For arguing in the street, that's against celebration rules.

Cyclone Kenyon: This is my granddaughter, Betty Lou. This is Roy Rogers, the new cook. And his helper.
[Betty Lou holds her hand up]
Betty Lou Kenyon: How do you do Mr. Rogers?
[Roy shakes her hand and then removes his hat]
Roy Rogers: How do you do?
[Oliver comes over from the sink]
Cyclone Kenyon: This is her boyfriend, Oliver.
Roy Rogers: Howdy.
Oliver Griffith: Hi.
Betty Lou Kenyon: Grandfather, please. Oliver is NOT my boyfriend. He's merely the little boy who lives on the next ranch.
Oliver Griffith: Is that so? Well just for that, you can wash your own dishes! You were right Cyclone. Women, phooey!


"The Roy Rogers Show: Horse Crazy (#5.11)" (1956)
[Judd gets the drop on Roy]
Judd: Hold it! You got company.
Roy Rogers: What's the matter, Judd? Did you run out of banks to rob?

Judd: I hear you're the best tracker in the country
Roy Rogers: Tracker?
Judd: I need one real bad, Mr. Rogers. That's why I'm askin' you to come along with me.
Roy Rogers: Askin'?
Judd: Well, let's say I'm givin' you a choice. Either you come with me or I plug you... Well, that's a choice, isn't it?

Judd: Roy, I'd like you to meet a couple of my boys. This is Cool Wilson and Dice Perry.
Roy Rogers: I think I've seen their faces before - on wanted posters.

Pat Brady: I don't get it, Roy. First you spend all your time gunnin' for that guy, then you end up by bein' the best of buddies.
Roy Rogers: Why not? Bein' mad never helped you get your man.


"The Roy Rogers Show: Carnival Killer (#1.22)" (1952)
Les Barton, Carnival Owner: Hey, stranger, come here and help me stop this fight!
Roy Rogers: Listen, if it's a private fight, I don't know...
Les Barton, Carnival Owner: They ain't got any right fightin'. They're ruining my property!
Dale Evans: Your property? How come?
Les Barton, Carnival Owner: Oh, they're the stars in my carnival show. If they ruin themselves, they ruin my property.

Mary Barton: These mules are sure onery!
Roy Rogers: My partner here claims he knows a lot about mules. Maybe we can get him to help.
Jake: Yeah, he looks kinda mule-eared to me.
Pat Brady: Listen here, sonny. I was skinnin' mules when you was wearin' diapers as goin'-to-meetin' clothes. Let me at 'em!

[while rehearsing his bullwhip act, Joe deftly coils his whip around Pat's face]
Joe: You didn't feel that did you?
Pat Brady: No, I didn't!
Roy Rogers: Where there's, ah, no sense, there's no feeling.

[Pat is reluctant to serve as the bait in Roy's trap]
Pat Brady: Are you sure you know what you're doin'?
Roy Rogers: I'll be right behind the fence. If you get in any trouble, I'll know it before you do.
Pat Brady: You and your ideas. I feel like the little brown hen who was fixin' to catch the hawk.


"The Roy Rogers Show: M Stands for Murder (#3.6)" (1953)
[first lines]
[Pat peers at the horizon through a pair of binoculars]
Dale Evans: Pat Brady, that's the lazy man's way of looking for stray cattle.
Roy Rogers: You give a lazy man a job and he'll find the lazy way to do it.

Roy Rogers: One-Arm Johnny!
Dale Evans: One-Arm Johnny? Oh, it can't be!
Roy Rogers: Look!
Pat Brady: Well, what's so excitin' about a fellow with one arm? Let me see.
Dale Evans: It is.
Pat Brady: Well, gee-willikers. He's all white-like and leadin' a burro.
Roy Rogers: The legend is that whoever sees him usually ends up murdered.
Pat Brady: Oh? Murdered?... Murdered! And I seen him. Come on, Nellybelle, let's get out of here!

Roy Rogers: You don't believe those old stories, do you Sheriff?
Pat Brady: What do you mean old stories? Nobody tells me nothin'!
Roy Rogers: Well, Pat, back in 1872, One-Arm Johnny Martin was killed on his way back to the Apache gold mine which he claimed he discovered.
Dale Evans: And since that time, a number of people have claimed to have seen his ghost.
Roy Rogers: And everyone of 'em met up with some kind of fatal accident.


Don't Fence Me In (1945)
Mrs. Prentiss: I'm so thrilled. I've never been in the West before. It's so big!
Roy Rogers: Yes, it runs all the way to the east, ma'am.
Mrs. Prentiss: It does?

[Toni has fallen heavily]
Roy Rogers: Are you hurt - I hope? First you steal the surrey and now the station wagon, next I suppose it'll be Trigger.

[Gabby is lying in a coffin]
Gabby Whittaker, aka Wildcat Kelly: How do I look?
Roy Rogers: Not dead enough.


"The Roy Rogers Show: Unwilling Outlaw (#1.10)" (1952)
[first lines]
Roy Rogers: It doesn't pay to look back on the sad things, Lucy, especially if you can't change 'em. Your mom wouldn't want that.

[last lines]
Lucy Collins: What's the matter with you, Mr. Pat?
Pat Brady: Well, how about lettin' me in some of this hero stuff. Dadgumit, I got enough bullet holes in my cook's hat's to use it for a soup strainer!
Lucy Collins: You can be my hero, Dimples.
Roy Rogers: Looks like Pat's really enjoyin' this hero stuff - aren't you, Dimples?


Heart of the Golden West (1942)
Colonel Silas Popen: Why, by gadfly, sir, that calls for a duel!
Roy Rogers: [moving toward him] A duel?
Colonel Silas Popen: But first you're going to get a sharp letter from my lawyers.

Roy Rogers: How about it, Gabby?
Gabby: Me, I'm rarin' for a ruckus too.
Pat: And baby makes three.
Bob Nolan: Four!
Roy Rogers: Well, come on, boys.


"The Roy Rogers Show: Loaded Guns (#2.11)" (1953)
[Tom escapes from Bill Eaton and Deputy Sheriff Jake]
Dale Evans: What are you grinning about? Tom's a fugitive or Jake wouldn't be after him!
Roy Rogers: Oh, I never did like Bill Eaton and that hair-trigger temper of his. What are you grinnin' about?
Dale Evans: I never did like him either.
Roy Rogers: What do you say we go see what it's all about?
Dale Evans: That's a deal!

[last lines]
Tom Larrabee: Roy and Dale, I'd like to thank you for believin' in me.
Dale Evans: Well, it isn't hard to believe in somebody that's always done right.
Roy Rogers: That's right, Tom. A person's got to have faith in someone he knows to be good.
Tom Larrabee: Thanks, Roy.


Red River Valley (1941)
Kay Sutherland: You know, you haven't any proof against Mr. Allison.
Roy Rogers: I guess you're right. But if I ever catch him I'm going to pick him up by the heels, and if a hundred and eighty-two thousand dollars falls out, I'll know I'm right.

Roy Rogers: It doesn't take much to make Red River Valley folks happy. A little water, and a little soft soap, and they're all in a lather.


Under California Stars (1948)
[commenting on the girth of the new ranch hands]
Roy Rogers: Cookie, if you don't quit hiring your relatives...
Cookie Bullfincher: Well, Roy, after their mama died...
Roy Rogers: ...we'll never be able to feed Europe!

[Roy catches Caroline Bullfincher after she faints from seeing a mouse]
Roy Rogers: I can tell she's your relation - she weights a ton!
Cookie Bullfincher: Oh, she ain't that big.
Roy Rogers: How old did you say she was?
Cookie Bullfincher: Oh, well, let's see. When I left...
[the "unconcious" Caroline whacks him in the stomach]
Cookie Bullfincher: ... oh, ow! Ah, I don't rightly remember, Roy.
Roy Rogers: Well, you know how we tell the age of horses don't you?
Cookie Bullfincher: Look at their teeth?
Roy Rogers: Right!


Romance on the Range (1942)
Roy Rogers: Keep an eye on him, Gabby.
Gabby: Get over there, you sidewinder, or I'll let daylight through your hide!

Gabby: Then, ding-bust it, I'm going off by myself. Don't want any part of it.
Roy Rogers: Well, Gabby, I guess we can get along without you.
Gabby: Oh, trying to get rid of me, huh? Well, you ain't. I'm stickin' closer'n a mustard plaster.


Down Dakota Way (1949)
[Pat's bloodhounds dig into what appears to be a grave]
Sparrow Biffle: Hey, what's that? Salt?
Roy Rogers: Quicklime!
Sparrow Biffle: What would quicklime be doin' out here?
Roy Rogers: It's usually used to destroy something... Look! A cow's hoof!
Sparrow Biffle: I wonder where the rest of the cow is.
Roy Rogers: I imagine it's attached to the hoof.

[while on the trail of a wanted fugitive, Roy and Pat stop to tend to a sick calf]
Saunders: You don't take a hint very well, do you, Rogers? You're on McKenzie property. Hope you have permission.
Roy Rogers: Sorry, we didn't have time. We're on a manhunt.
Saunders: Looks to me like you're on a calf hunt. I'd say you were doin' a little rustling!


Apache Rose (1947)
[after chasing Billie, Roy has stepped on her veil, making the wig fall off. Billie has run into a room and closed the door]
Roy Rogers: Oh, Senorita?
Billie Colby: What is it?
[Roy begins talking with a Spanish accent]
Roy Rogers: You better let me in.
Billie Colby: Why?
[Referring to the wig]
Roy Rogers: Because I have your hair!


Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944)
Roy Rogers: Good morning Margie. Don't mind me calling you by you're name on this program, but would you mind stepping up here for a minute?
[Margie hesitates, while her friends tell her to go ahead]
Roy Rogers: Then I'll step down there.
[Roy steps of the platform onto the sidewalk]
Roy Rogers: Would you care to answer a few simple questions?
Marjorie Brooks: Are you going to ask them?
Roy Rogers: Only me.
Marjorie Brooks: Then I'm sure they'll be 'simple'.
[Crowd laughs]
Roy Rogers: First question. As shopper would you condemn a can of corn beef if you've never heard of the brand before?
Marjorie Brooks: Yes I would, if I found it was all corn and no beef.
[Crowd laughs again]
Roy Rogers: You see folks she's just as bright as she pretty. And what a smile she has. Just the sun breakin' over the mesa after a thunder squaw.
Marjorie Brooks: Thank You.
Roy Rogers: And with an answer like that, Margie, you're entitled to twelve ears of shiny golden corn, compliments of the Medley market.


Night Time in Nevada (1948)
Cookie Bullfincher: Watch yourself; they won't give us any information unless they think we're bums.
Roy Rogers: That's why I brought you along.
Cookie Bullfincher: Aw, Roy!


Sunset Serenade (1942)
Roy Rogers: In the mean time, you better go catch the cow.
Gabby: Ehh, I ain't so sure about that, Roy. Maybe I talk too much.
Roy Rogers: Oh, that's all right, Gabby. You're going to back up your words with great deeds.


Bells of Rosarita (1945)
[Roy shoots the chimney off a cabin]
Roy Rogers: I did that in a picture once!


South of Santa Fe (1942)
Roy Rogers: [singing about Mr. Moreland] Living in the open ought to do him lots of good, for...
Roy and Pioneers: [singing] He should be a Vaquero!
Lloyd: He never gets out!
Tim: He's lame, no doubt!
Karl: He's got the gout!
Hugh: He's much too stout.
Roy Rogers: [singing] What do you think we ought to do?
Roy and Pioneers: [singing] Why, he should be a Vaquero!


"The Roy Rogers Show: The Desert Fugitive (#1.8)" (1952)
Roy Rogers: Where is Dale, Pat?
Pat Brady: I was hopin' you'd ask me that. A woman government agent came here and got Dale.
Roy Rogers: A woman government agent?
Pat Brady: Yeah, they went to see this woman's superior about them papers. They oughta be back any minute, though, 'cause Dale was drivin' Nellybelle.
Roy Rogers: Well, Sheriff, we might as well sit down and coffee up, 'cause if she's drivin' Nellybelle, we have quite a wait in store.


On the Old Spanish Trail (1947)
[Roy reads from the paper he has picked up]
Roy Rogers: "Your eyes are like deep desert wells, with sparks from silver stars above. / Your voice is sweet as mission bells, your skin is like a marble dove." Don't ever fall in love, Trigger; that's what it does to you.


Pecos Bill (1948)
Roy Rogers: Yep, Bill went back to the coyotes, but he never forgot Sue.
[Pecos Bill and Windowmaker are shown on top of a mountain under a full moon]
Roy Rogers: And every night when the moon raised high, he'd lift his voice a mournful cry.
[Bill howls mournfully at the moon]
Roy Rogers: Bewailing the fate of his lady fair, his long-lost love in the sky up there.
[the screen pans to a coyote standing on another mountain. The coyote howls at the moon]
Roy Rogers: So painful was his grief to see, the varmints joined in out of sympathy. And that's how come, to this very day. Coyotes howl at the moon that way.


Utah (1945)
Gabby Whittaker: What're you up to, son?
Roy Rogers: I've got a brainstorm, Gabby.
Gabby Whittaker: Oh, I know that. But what're you up to?


Rough Riders' Round-up (1939)
Roy Rogers: If you can find anything that will shoot, grab it!


Billy the Kid Returns (1938)
Roy Rogers: These men claim that I'm Billy the Kid and it ain't so.
[Points to Frog]
Roy Rogers: Right here's a man who knows me.
Henchman: Yeah, well who knows him?
[Frog points to Roy]
Frog Millhouse: Well he does.


The Carson City Kid (1940)
[Roy has just rescued the lovely young Joby from a drunken admirer]
Roy Rogers, posing as The Carson City Kid: I was going to ask you to have a drink, but that's the same mistake the other fellow made.
Joby Madison: Oh, I quit drinking 30, 40 years ago. I guess I'm getting old. I don't even like my pipe anymore.


Man from Cheyenne (1942)
Gabby Whittaker: Hey, I'm late for the meetin'.
Roy Rogers: What meeting?
Gabby Whittaker: Over at the Hardy ranch. Since old man Hardy died his daughter's been runnin' it. You remember her.
Roy Rogers: Well, sort of.
Gabby Whittaker: Well, she's growed up too.
Sally Whittaker: [whistles] Boy, has she. Ever since she went East to that school she thinks she's a glamor girl.
Gabby Whittaker: Sally! Now that ain't nice.
Sally Whittaker: Well, it burns me up the way that dame makes fools of every old goat in the county.
Gabby Whittaker: Sally! She ain't a dame and I ain't an old goat.


Susanna Pass (1949)
[last lines]
Roy Rogers: Work done by hatcheries like this doesn't just mean restocking lakes and streams, it means that sportsmen and the youth of America will have a chance to get away from crowded cities and their troubles, go fighin', and enjoy the privileges our forefathers had. So, good luck to ya, Doc!


King of the Cowboys (1943)
Bob Nolan: We put the rodeo on ice as soon as we got Frog's message
Roy Rogers: You can reopen it when you get back
Member Sons of the Pioneers: If we get back
Pat - Member Sons of the Pioneers: Whats the matter with you? You wanna' live forever?


Song of Texas (1943)
Roy Rogers: Well, whatever we make, we just put it in the bank, and... when we need money we just... take it out again.
Sue Bennett: Go on.
Roy Rogers: Well, then at the end of the year we... see if there's anything left... well, if there's anything left it's swell!