South of Santa Fe (1942)

Passed  |   |  Western  |  17 February 1942 (USA)
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New Mexico is the scene of undeveloped gold mines and kidnapping. Modern elements include tommy guns, an airplane, two-way radios, fast cars, and big city gangsters.



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Complete credited cast:
Linda Hayes ...
Carol Stevens
Joe Keenan aka Harmon
Arthur Loft ...
Peter Moreland
Charles Miller ...
John McMahon
Sam Flint ...
Harold Prentiss
Jack Kirk ...
Sheriff Benton
Sons of the Pioneers ...
Cowhands / Musicians (as The Sons of the Pioneers)


To get the three needed business men to visit the Stevens mine, Roy stages a ride with the Vacaros and has them as honored guests. Seeing a chance to make a lot of money, gangster Harmon joins the ride and then has his men kidnap the three. Having filmed a fake holdup earlier, he uses the film to convince the Sheriff that Roy and the boys were the Kidnapers. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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17 February 1942 (USA)  »

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Exploradores do Oeste  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Enjoyable nonsense
24 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty silly movie if you think about it. However, it's also easy to forget about the plot and just enjoy the movie, as it's a pretty good little B-movie.

"South of Santa Fe" begins with a young lady fretting that she needs investors for her mine--but no one seems interested. So, Roy comes up with a scheme to use his 'Vaqueros' (actually the Sons of the Pioneers) to deliver singing invitations to some rich potential investors--inviting them out to the dude ranch for a vacation. The plan is to butter them up and show them a great time and then spring the mining proposition on them. What they don't know is that a mobster (Paul Fix) has infiltrated this group and has plans of his own.

The biggest negatives about this film is the plot (which is just odd) and Fix's character--he's simply too obviously evil to work. While a very good supporting actor, here he isn't given much to work with--and EVERYONE knows he's bad--so why doesn't Roy recognize this?! But, although the plot is bizarre, it all is fun and enjoyable in a 'turn off your brain' sort of way.

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