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Mary Robbins is a moderately educated, beautiful, young woman who owns the saloon called "The Poker". She is the only woman in the town of Couldee-making her the fancy of all the men there, especially to Sheriff Jack Rance. On the way to Monterey to sing at a mass officiated by Father Sienna, her stagecoach is held up by the infamous masked bandit, Ramerez. He too takes a fancy to Mary, and decides to secretly follow her, taking on the identity of an officer named, Lieutenant Johnson. While in Monterey, he dances, sings and courts Mary, who has now fallen in love with him. He then has to make a quick getaway. In the mean-time, Sheriff Jack has set up a trap to catch Ramerez at "The Poker". When Ramerez does arrive he soon discovers that Mary is the owner, and quickly changes to the identity of Lieutenant Johnson. How long can this sherade last? Written by
Very well defined characters faithfully portrayed by the actors.
Perfectly placed musical numbers, engrossingly rendered by the supreme vocalists of their time, Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. Each song melodic and memorable to this day, sixty four years later. Especially enjoyable was the voice and instrumental duet by 'Mary' and 'Alabama'...did Buddy Ebson actually play the pipe part, or was it dubbed? I have had a life-long curiosity about this aspect of the movie. Thanks for the opportunity to comment.
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