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Prairie Chickens (1943)

 |  Western, Comedy  |  21 May 1943 (USA)
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Another in the Roach "streamliner" series of semi-westerns top-billing Jimmy Rogers (Jimmy) and Noah Beery, Jr. (Pidge) as out-of-work cowhands. This one is a showcase - in some instances ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Rogers ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Albertson, Lazy 'K' Ranch foreman
Marjorie Woodworth ...
Jack Norton ...
Henry Lewis-Clark III
Raymond Hatton ...
Jefferson 'Jeff' Gibson
Rosemary La Planche ...


Another in the Roach "streamliner" series of semi-westerns top-billing Jimmy Rogers (Jimmy) and Noah Beery, Jr. (Pidge) as out-of-work cowhands. This one is a showcase - in some instances too much so - for oft-times screen-drunk Jack Norton (Henry Lewis Clark III) who takes no drinks here but gets the same results from popping vitamin pills. Clark is coming West to take a look at his 35,000 acre ranch that only has 1500 head of cattle on it according to crooked ranch foreman Albertson, which is basically correct since Albertson and his henchmen have rustled the other 4,000 head. Albertson talks the town civic leaders, including hotel proprietor Jefferson Gilbert, into staging a three-day welcoming party for Clark to keep him away from the ranch while trucks are hauling off the cattle. Thanks to Clark's chauffeur Farnsworth, who gives the stranded Jimmy and Pidge a lift, Pidge is mistaken for Clark. Also enter a tour bus filled with the likes of Marjorie Woodworth, Rosemary LaPlance, ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Western | Comedy





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21 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spøgeri paa Ranchen  »

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Third and final entry in a trilogy of "streamlined" features from Hal Roach featuring Jimmy Rogers and Noah Beery Jr.. First in the series was Dudes Are Pretty People (1942); second was Calaboose (1943). See more »


Follows Calaboose (1943) See more »

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26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Prairie Chickens (1943)

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Third and final film in Hal Roach's series features Jimmy Rogers and Noah Beery, Jr. once again playing cowboys who get mistaken for a guest of honor and chaos follows. I've now watched all three in the series and I've also now seen four films from the short career of director Hal Roach, Jr. Needless to say, his directing style isn't worth a damn so it's rather sad his father hired him over D.W. Griffith for One Million B.C.. With that said, this third film is weak throughout with an incredibly boring screenplay that doesn't give the actors a thing to do. The final third of the film takes place in a haunted house setting and everything here falls flat on its face.

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