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Bells of Rosarita (1945)

Approved | | Western | 19 June 1945 (USA)
Sue Farnum inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at the circus. They and a number of other ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trigger, Roy's Horse (as The Smartest Horse in the Movies)
Patty Phillips
Henchman Maxwell
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ...
Boys Choir (as Robert Mitchell Boychoir)
Sons of the Pioneers ...
Musicians (as Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers)
Wild Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott)
Allan Lane
Don Barry (as Donald Barry)


Sue Farnum inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at the circus. They and a number of other western movie stars come to Sue's aid, putting on a show and catching the bad guys. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

19 June 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Sinos de Rosarita  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three of the four actors who portrayed Red Ryder on the screen appear in this film. Don "Red" Barry, the first Red Ryder, Wild Bill Elliott and Allan "Rocky" Lane. Jim Bannon, not in this film, was the fourth Red Ryder. See more »


[Bad guys Ripley and Maxwell are astonished that their car has been stolen]
Maxwell: There must be some crooks around here!
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Referenced in Blue Collar (1978) See more »


Bugler's Lullaby
Written by Robert Mitchell and Betty Best
Performed by the Robert Mitchell Boys' Choir
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Musical Interludes Replace Plot Design In Giddy Affair.
28 January 2007 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Here is a pacey work that employs standard elements to be found in Republic Pictures' contemporary Western films starring Roy Rogers, including the familiar plot artifice of shooting a movie within another, cowboys on horseback chasing motor vehicles bearing villains, musical interludes that interrupt the action at random, et alia, with an additional device utilized herein: "cameos" from cowpoke stars under contract with Republic: Wild Bill Elliott, Robert Livingston, Allan Lane, Don "Red" Barry, and Sunset Carson. Sue Farnum (Dale Evans) has been willed her father's traveling circus but his erstwhile partner Bill Ripley (Grant Withers) intends to take it from her as she cannot locate a receipt confirming that her sire had repaid a loan enabling him to gain title to the big top company, and when she and her employee and friend Gabby Whittaker (Gabby Hayes) accept aid from her dad's pal Slim Phillips (Addison Richards), the three, along with Slim's daughter and troupe entertainer Patty (Adele Mara), entrain to the southern California fictional town of Cabrillo wherein Slim believes he will locate the missing receipt, thereby ending Sue's plight. The Forces of Evil soon kidnap Slim but subsequent events are but ill-explained by a slapdash screenplay that accords space for eight musical numbers (not counting repeats) and while Rogers plainly is tasked, as is his wont, with rescuing a city-bred damsel in distress, he is equally motivated by a primal need to burst into song, a predilection shared with, among others, Evans, Mara, Janis Martin, and the baritone Bob Nolan-led Sons of the Pioneers. This lower case effort benefits from a panoply of Republic casting roster supporting players from whom, despite the film's following the accepted trend of Rogers "B" Westerns, a number of telling performances will be enjoyed from uncredited actors (including dancing girls!); Hayes reprises his wearisome shtick that he displays in each of his movies, even to the phrases, but Evans has a clamp on the acting laurels with a vivacious turn, while able editing supervised by Arthur Roberts makes for a snappily moving although somewhat goofy picture.

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