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King of the Cowboys (1943)

Passed | | Western | 9 April 1943 (USA)
Saboteurs are blowing up government warehouses (during World War II). Roy and his pals work undercover to put an end to their operations.

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The Governor sends Roy to help bring in a gang of saboteurs. Roy joins a traveling show and soon learns the saboteurs communicate during Maurice's mind reading act that uses a hidden receiver. But Maurice is on to Roy. Roy narrowly escapes when Maurice leaves him tied up in a warehouse they are blowing up. But Maurice then kills a man and blames Roy who now finds himself in jail. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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It's World War II and saboteurs are menacing Texas. Only singing cowboy Roy Rogers and his wonder horse Trigger can save the day!

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9 April 1943 (USA)  »

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Missão Perigosa  »

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Bob Nolan is the voice of the announcer on the car radio in the flashback sequence. See more »

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A flashback scene that takes place literally on the Texas-Arkansas border features a rugged desert landscape not found within hundreds of miles of Texarkana. See more »

Quotes

Frog Millhouse: Roy, you're dead. And long as you stay dead you ain't gonna get killed!
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Edited into Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944) See more »

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Ride, Ranger, Ride
Written by Tim Spencer
Performed by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
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Smashing the Saboteurs
6 September 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Roy Rogers (as Roy), Smiley Burnette (as Frog), and the "Sons of the Pioneers" go undercover to help Texas Governor Russell Hicks stop World War II Axis sympathizers from blowing up U.S. warehouses. Not a war story, but a Roy Rogers western: this one a "Variety Show" of stunts, songs, and Smiley bits … plus, a sign proclaiming: "Freedom of Speech Doesn't Mean Careless Talk".

"King of the Cowboys" songs include: "I'm an Old Cow Hand", "The Gay Ranchero", "Prairie Moon", and others. Stunts include setting up a giant mirror on a road to simulate a head-on car crash; and, following another car crash, Rogers being tied up and left in a warehouse rigged to blow. The story is inconsequential. Following the stunted end, Rogers is introduced as "King of the Cowboys" and sings "Ride Ranger Ride". Formulaic to the hilt!

** King of the Cowboys (1943) Joseph Kane ~ Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Peggy Moran


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