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In Old Caliente (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Western | 19 June 1939 (USA)
Americans come west to California in the hope of peaceful settlement.



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Complete credited cast:
Jean (as Mary Hart)
Rita Vargas
Don José Vargas
Curly Calkins
Paul Marion ...
Carlos Vargas (as Paul Marian)
Aunt Felicia
Merrill McCormick ...

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Don Jose's foreman Sujarto is an informer for an outlaw gang. After Don Jose's son Carlos is robbed, Roy and Gabby find the outlaws but end up captured and blamed for the robbery. They get even deeper into trouble when Sujarto kills Don Jose and blames Roy. They are able to escape and Roy convinces Carlos that Sujarto killed his father. Roy then has a plan that will bring Sujarto and the gang into the open. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Comedy | Music | Western


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19 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Damals in Caliente  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is evidently taking place in the early 1850s, yet all handguns are revolvers, which weren't yet invented, and the cattle we see are Herefords. That breed wasn't introduced into North America until well after the Civil War. See more »


[first lines]
Don José Vargas: Here they come, these Americanos and their covered wagons. Pedro, the days of the Dons are numbered.
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »


Sundown on the Rangeland
Written by Fred Rose
Sung by Roy Rogers
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Good Fun with Roy and Gabby
16 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

In Old Caliente (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Good "B" Western has Roy Rogers going to work for a rich, Spanish landowner (Frank Puglia) but when he's killed by Sujarno (Jack LaRue), it's Roy and Gabby that's accused of it. With the help of Gabby's granddaughter (Lynne Roberts) they must try and find a way to prove their innocence while bringing down the bad guy. IN OLD CALIENTE is pretty much what you'd expect from a film like this and fans of the genre should have a good time with it. It gives us some nice action, quick pacing, some nice songs and the story itself is fairly interesting. The story is set before the battle between the states and shows a time when white settlers were heading West and trying to get their part of the land and riches. I thought this was used to good effect as well as all the messages going on in regards to the Spanish owners. As you'd expect, the cast are in fine form with Rogers leading the way. He has no problems playing the cool, laid back good guy and there's no doubt that the actor could do this in his sleep. George 'Gabby' Hayes is also in fine form with his comic touches and especially in some scenes involving the family dog. The sequence with the earthquake is quite funny. Roberts makes a good love interest for Roy and LaRue does his very best as the hissing villain. The film also offers up some pretty good action scenes scattered throughout including the ending, which takes place in the ocean. If you're not a fan of these type of movies then it's doubtful this one will make you change your opinion but fans of the genre should get a kick out of it and there's also a duet between Rogers and Gabby, which is priceless.

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