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Call of the Rockies (1944)

Approved | | Western | 14 July 1944 (USA)
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
Henchman Hansen
Henchman Watson (as Robert Kortman)


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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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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[last lines]
[Frog explains that the villain he "shot" was really after Sunset]
Frog Millhouse: Old Frog always gets his man. And you thought I wasn't tough enough.
Sunset Carson: You can go with me, Frog. You saved my life, didn't ya.
Frog Millhouse: Sure did!
Sunset Carson: Better pay that guy first. He did a good job.
Frog Millhouse: I already paid him ten dollars more... Uh-oh. Let's get out of here.
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Taint Worth It
Written by Smiley Burnette
Sung by Smiley Burnette
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The Sunset Now Rises.
3 July 2005 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Frog and Sunset are delivering supplies to merchant Murdock until they have their wagon stolen by mine engineer Ned Crane and his fiancé Marjorie Malloy since Murdock is holding notes on the miners, who are in desperate need of supplies to keep the mine in operation. The main trouble with the progress on the mine is water seepage which is causing numerous cave-ins. Crane comes with an idea to help drain the water from the mines, which Murdock wants to prevent from happening. Doctor Lee, in cahoots with Murdock, suggests to his partner to finance the project and then damage the mine in order to collect on all the notes and land when the work can't be completed. Sunset and Frog (also disguising himself as French engineer M. Grenouille- french for frog) battle all of Lee & Murdock's henchmen and schemes in order for the mine project be completed. The first of Sunset's Republic westerns is a winner, with much of the credit going to Bob Williams' screenplay with lots of clever dialogue and twists. The film has the usual amount of Republic action and the final scene with Smiley talking to the audience is a hoot. The showdown with Lee & Murdock vs. Sunset is a treat. Rating, based on B westerns, 9.

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