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King of the Cowboys (1943)

Passed  -  Western  -  9 April 1943 (USA)
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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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Smiley Burnette ...
Bob Nolan ...
Bob Nolan
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Peggy Moran ...
Judy Mason
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Maurice - the Mental Marvel
Dorothea Kent ...
Ruby Smith
Lloyd Corrigan ...
William Kraley - Governor's Secretary
James Bush ...
Dave Mason
Russell Hicks ...
Texas Governor Shuville
Irving Bacon ...
Alf Cluckus - the Jailer
Norman Willis ...
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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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Western

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9 April 1943 (USA)  »

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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

Ruby Smith: Don't tell me you want to be an actor.
Frog Millhouse: No, ma'am, I promised my ma I'd lead an upright life.
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Roses From the South
Written by Johann Strauß
Used as background music for the Mental Marvel act
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Treason In Texas
18 June 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Roy apparently earns his title as King of the Cowboys by helping out Governor Russell Hicks of Texas track down a nest of Nazi saboteurs who are wreaking havoc across the Lone Star State. Did Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson know about this?

Herbert J. Yates put the best creative minds at Republic Pictures to work on this and they came up with a script that's a combination of The Thirty Nine Steps and This Is My Affair. Like the Robert Taylor MGM classic where he's a secret agent working directly and reporting to President McKinley because McKinley like Governor Hicks can't seem to trust anyone in his official capacity. And like The Thirty Nine Steps the key is Gerald Mohr with a carnival memory act. If you're going to borrow at least Yates felt you should borrow from the best. You can't do too much better than Alfred Hitchcock.

Roy gets a nice group of songs and I particularly liked the fact that he gets to sing I'm An Old Cowhand which in fact he had a hand in introducing seven years earlier. When Roy was just one of the Sons of the Pioneers who also appear in King of the Cowboys he backed Bing Crosby when he introduced the Johnny Mercer classic in Rhythm on the Range. Now Roy's a star and does a nice solo turn accompanying himself on the guitar.

While Republic's other big singing cowboy Gene Autry was off to war, Roy inherited for a while, Smiley Burnette who does his usual comedy bit.

Sadly though the film that gives Roy the title he was forever known by is a badly dated war propaganda flick that simply doesn't wear well or age well. The King had been better served by his subjects at Republic before and after this film. They'd also done worse by him as well.


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