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Sunset on the Desert (1942)

Passed  -  Western  -  1 April 1942 (USA)
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Roy is mistaken for a bad guy expected by the local outlaw gang. He goes undercover to pin the goods on the bad guys. Just as he is about to do so, the real bad guy shows up.



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Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers / Bill Sloan
Lynne Carver ...
Ann Kirby
Frank M. Thomas ...
Judge Alvin Kirby
Beryl Wallace ...
Julie Craig
Glenn Strange ...
Deputy Louie Meade
Ramsay McCall
Fred Burns ...
Jim Prentiss
Roy Barcroft ...
Deputy Nelson
Henry Wills ...
Deputy Ed
Forrest Taylor ...
George Belknap
Sons of the Pioneers ...


Judge Kirby is being blackmailed and forced to let outlaws go free. He was once the partner of Roy's father and when Roy reads in the paper that he is in trouble he heads out to help him. Arriving, Roy quickly realizes he has been mistaken for one of the outlaws and is not wanted in town. However he stays, and now posing as that outlaw, hopes to learn who is causing all the problems. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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1 April 1942 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Oh, evil twin!!! I didn't see that coming....ha!
8 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A county has a typical baddie. In this case, homes are being sold out from under folks and the Sheriff is impotent to help. So, when Roy and Gabby come to town, it's their job to right the wrongs and make all the good people happy.

This is a decent Roy Rogers film but like many you do have to turn off your brain in order to really enjoy it. Part of it is that weird sort of B-western mixture of the old and new---with folks riding horses AND cars! I can't blame Rogers entirely--Gene Autry films also were filled with odd anachronisms--such as folks calling the sheriff on the phone or chasing down horses with their pickup truck! Another part, and this is clearly the worst, is the use of the WAY over-used cliché of the 'identical stranger'. Now if Roy had a twin brother, that might have worked--but here we are expected that an evil killer looks exactly like good 'ol Roy! This is patently ridiculous, that's for sure. Dumb but enjoyable...and not too many songs!

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