Lambert owns the trucking line that ships cattle to market. When he raises his rates Roy decides to ship the cattle on the River Boat. When Lambert and his men are unable to stop the boat, they rustle the cattle.
Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette), Gabby Whittaker (George 'Gabby' Hayes) and the Sons of the Pioneers (Sons of the Pioneers) undertake to protect the ranchers of Cherokee City from unjust charges levied against them for transporting their cattle to the stock yards of the packing houses. Trucking executive Ross Lambert (Edmund MacDonald) doubles his rates and Roy decides to try and convince old Colonel Silas Popen (Walter Catlett) to run his riverboat as far as Cherokee City and transport the cattle that way. Roy and his friends plan a "western" welcome for Popen and his daughter Mary Lou (Ruth Terry), but James Barabee (Paul Harvey, head of the cattleman's association, sends Roy a wire warning him that Popen hates and fears anything smacking of the "wild west." Lambert and his henchman Cully Bronson (William Haade) intercept the wire and start a campaign to make Cherokee City appear lawless and wild, so that Popen will refuse to bring his steamboats up the ... Written by
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Roy Rogers (as Roy), Smiley Burnette (as Frog), George "Gabby" Hayes (as Gabby), and "The Sons of the Pioneers" defend Cherokee City ranchers against taxes imposed on transporting cattle. Edmund McDonald (as Ross Lambert) leads the evil-doers.
The story is slight. Mr. Burnette and Mr. Hayes team-up for a ludicrous "two-men-in-the-horse" joke. This, and action sequences appear to have been speeded up for dramatic and/or comic effect. The film includes a generous, interesting amount of location work; climaxing with a storm-drenched river scene. Unfortunately, the relatively low budget makes certain sequences appear more technically incompetent than exciting. Song highlights are when Mr. Rogers sings with Riverboat workers, on "Who's Gonna Help Me Sing?" and "The River Robin".
** Heart of the Golden West (1942) Joseph Kane ~ Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, George 'Gabby' Hayes
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