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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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Complete credited cast:
Bob Nolan
Judy Mason
Maurice - the Mental Marvel
Dorothea Kent ...
Ruby Smith
Otto - Governor's Secretary
James Bush ...
Dave Mason
Texas Governor Shuville
Alf Cluckus - the Jailer
Henchman Buxton


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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Release Date:

9 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Missão Perigosa  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Bob Nolan: We put the rodeo on ice as soon as we got Frog's message
Roy Rogers: You can reopen it when you get back
Member Sons of the Pioneers: If we get back
Pat - Member Sons of the Pioneers: Whats the matter with you? You wanna' live forever?
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Edited into Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944) See more »


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Written by Ted Fio Rito, Harry MacPherson and Albert von Tilzer
Performed by Roy Rogers
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Lesser Roy
29 March 2017 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Certainly not a western in the usual sense. In fact, horses aren't seen til the end, while there're many more suits than Stetsons. The programmer does manage a good flying fists sequence, but fast-shooting and hard-riding are at a bare minimum. There's little scenery, except for some familiar LA area locations. And likely, wartime restrictions discouraged shooting in Technicolor so we get b&w instead.

It's 1943, and I guess Republic wanted something contemporary having to do with the scheming Axis powers. But reviewer Plankton is right. The script is very poorly done, so it's hard to know who exactly who is up to what and why. There are some good moments such as action on the train trestle and some snappy audience lines during Mohr's psychic act. And that's along with a pretty good selection of western tunes, like Red River Valley. Of course, Mohr makes a first-rate baddie, and it's unusual to see short, stubby Corrigan in a serious part, a departure from his usual addle-pated comedic parts.

In my little book, it's a lesser Rogers entry, apparently before he met up with the sparkling Dale Evans or the golden stallion Trigger. But it should do for Rogers fans if you're not too insistent about your traditional westerns.

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