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:
Carol Stevens
Joe Keenan aka Harmon
Arthur Loft ...
Peter Moreland
Charles Miller ...
John McMahon
Harold Prentiss
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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Release Date:

17 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exploradores do Oeste  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Very Cunning Villain
9 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

South Of Santa Fe has Roy Rogers with the rest of the Sons Of The Pioneers in New Mexico trying to get a group of wealthy investors to look at a mine owned by Linda Hayes. But gangster Paul Fix who is on the lam sees a real big opportunity to make a lot of quick bucks by kidnapping these rich guys.

Fix is one of the shrewdest and most dangerous of villains ever in a Roy Rogers western. He's put a neat little frame around Roy and the Sons and it will take every bit of cleverness to foil his dastardly scheme.

A fair share of music is in South Of Santa Fe though nothing really stands out. The best was a square dance where Bobby Beers and Judy Clark decide to liven things up with a jitterbug.

One of Roy's better films and I think I saw a much edited version because I had to fill some blanks in with the story. Still lots of action, lots of singing, and a very cunning villain for Roy to best.

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