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San Fernando Valley (1944)

Passed | | Western | 15 September 1944 (USA)
A ranch owner fires his ranch hands and brings in women to replace them. The owner's daughter wants the male hands back and comes up with a plan to do it. They will rustle the horses and ... See full summary »



(original screenplay), (original screenplay) (as Stuart McGowan)

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Complete credited cast:
Trigger (as The Smartest Horse in the Movies)
Betty Lou Kenyon
Andrew Tombes ...
Cyclone Kenyon
Oliver Griffith
Edward Gargan ...
Hattie O'Toole
Vernon and Draper ...
Dance Act
Morrell Trio ...
Skating Act
Sons of the Pioneers ...
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A ranch owner fires his ranch hands and brings in women to replace them. The owner's daughter wants the male hands back and comes up with a plan to do it. They will rustle the horses and when the women hands are unable to find them, they will bring them in and get their old jobs back. But the two hands that steal the horses sell them and then claim they were robbed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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"I'm gonna settle down and never more roam---I'll make the SAN FERNADO VALLEY my home!" (original poster) See more »




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15 September 1944 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Dale Kenyon: Oh, my goodness! poor man! He stepped right in front of me! Well don't just stand there, get some water! Get a doctor, quick!
Keno: Reckon we better find out who he is first. He may not be worth savin'.
[Takes Roy's money out of his pocket]
Keno: I'll take care of this till he comes to."
Roy Rogers: No you don't! Shame on you picking an unconscious man's pocket.
Dale Kenyon: The idea, pretending you were hurt.
Roy Rogers: I thought it was a good idea.
Dale Kenyon: Well, I hope you got bumped hard enough to look where you're going.
Roy Rogers: Oh, but I'm afraid I've ...
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Over the Rainbow We'll Ride
Music and Lyrics by Ken Carson
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Rather typical of the genre...
24 June 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Mr. Kenyon is having problems. His employees mostly sit around singing with his young daughter (Jean Porter)--a problem typical to most ranches. So, he fires his employees and his older daughter (Dale Evans) hires a bunch of woman to run the place. At the same time, Roy has come into town and gets run over by Dale and conked over the head and robbed. So, his trail naturally is to the Kenyon spread--to woo Dale and find the thieves.

This film has a lot in common with Roy Rogers' other movies. It's set out west--but in a weird modern one with cars, telephones and the like. When Dale meets him, she hates him--only to eventually be won over by the rugged and virtuous Rogers! He also has a dopey sidekick--though instead of the familiar Gabby Hays, he's got the more larcenous but equally unattractive Edward Gargan. Gargan isn't the women-hater that Gabby usually plays but he's enjoyable nonetheless. And, of course, there's Trigger who manages once again to save the day. Familiar...but also enjoyable.

In the 1950s, most of Roy Rogers' films were hacked apart in order to make them fit into a one-hour time slot. Because of this, many of his films (particularly those in the public domain) have been truncated severely. Oddly, in many cases they left in all the songs--making the pacing of the films rather poor. Fortunately, "San Fernando Valley" is not one of these shortened films--and the pacing is much, much better. Instead of the usual song-chocked movie, this one actually has a bit more story and doesn't seem so rushed. It's not at all a great film but (the acting and writing are rather broad) it's a bit better than the average Rogers film. For fans of the genre, it's well worth seeing. For others, it might seem a bit silly and predictable (which they are....but that's part of their old fashioned charm). Plus, the weird orange dance number at the end is pretty weird--and something that might throw off potential fans, as it's MEGA-weird now that I think about it!!

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