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Call of the Rockies (1944)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  14 July 1944 (USA)
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Sunset Carson's first western and, despite the misleading video box that indicates otherwise, he was billed as Sonny Carson and was billed 2nd behind Smiley Burnette. Republic dropped the "... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Sunset Carson (as Sonny "Sunset" Carson)
Harry Woods ...
Ellen Hall ...
Marjorie Malloy
Frank Jaquet ...
Doc Lee
Charles Williams ...
Burton Witherspoon
Jack Kirk ...
Tom London ...
Henchman Hansen
Bob Kortman ...
Henchman Watson (as Robert Kortman)
Edmund Cobb ...


Sunset Carson's first western and, despite the misleading video box that indicates otherwise, he was billed as Sonny Carson and was billed 2nd behind Smiley Burnette. Republic dropped the "Sonny" but he was also billed beneath Burnette in three more films---Bordertown Trail, Code of the Prairie and Firebrands of Arizona---released between July and December of 1944, when Burnette and Republic parted company and Carson was given his own series that featured no continuing sidekick actor. Burnette was off the screen from that point until February of 1946 when he made the first of his co-starring Durango Kid films with Charles Starrett. This film finds Sunset Carson (Sunset Carson) meeting and teaming up with Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) who is driving supplies in to Placer City for wealthy mining-equipment man J. B. Murdock (Harry Woods). Through a runaway horse ruse, the supplies are hi-jacked by Marjorie Malloy (Ellen Hall and her companion Ned Crane (Kirk Alyn'). Murdock has ... Written by Les Adams <>

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LUSTY ACTION and ROARIN' LAUGHS...with your favorite western wildcats...SMILEY...and the tune of spittin' six-guns and the rhythm of galloping hoofs! See more »








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14 July 1944 (USA)  »

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$99,762 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Enter Sunset Carson
9 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sunset Carson joined the Republic stable of cowboy heroes with Call Of The Rockies and he gained a worthy sidekick in Smiley Burnette using his Frog Millhouse character.

Call Of The Rockies has Sunset and Frog fighting perennial western villain Harry Woods who is a merchant and who owns mortgages on most of the mines in the area. Including Kirk Alyn's and Ellen Hall's mine. But Alyn has a plan to drain a lot of the underground water away because he feels new deposits of gold will open up and a lot of claims will be rich.

Which is why Woods and a secret partner want control so desperately and they're not squeamish on tactics used.

Not a great actor by any means, Sunset Carson did look well in the saddle and that's usually enough for a cowboy hero.

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