The story involves a rather odd flashback by Dale who is visiting El Dorado, home of her grandmother. She dreams about her grandmother's adventures including a romance with a cowboy who ... See full summary »
The story involves a rather odd flashback by Dale who is visiting El Dorado, home of her grandmother. She dreams about her grandmother's adventures including a romance with a cowboy who looks very much like Roy. Roy, of course, also exists in the present for Dale. Written by
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This is a most unusual western for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans taking place in both the past and present. It's like one of those British films where the same woman plays a variation on herself in several centuries.
In the present in Sunset In El Dorado Dale Evans has run away to the west rather than marry stuffy Hardie Albright. One look at Roy Rogers astride Trigger has definitely got Dale reevaluating her future. But aunt Margaret Dumont and Albright have come after her. Dale's grandmother was the legendary Kansas Kate from the former boom town of El Dorado which is now a ghost town. When she visits there and meets up with Gabby Hayes who was around back then, Dale wanders back to the old west where she becomes Kansas Kate and all these people assume roles in her life.
Sunset In El Dorado is an unusual type film for Roy and Dale, but it does fit them quite well. This is a chance to see Dale in a part that at one time she would have had hopes of doing. Before meeting and marrying Roy, Dale wanted a career in musical comedy. Imagine her instead of Doris Day doing Calamity Jane or her instead of Betty Hutton doing Annie Get Your Gun. Those were the parts she aspired to and I think she could have done them if fate hadn't intervened and given her a different personal and career direction.
And who wouldn't have chosen Roy over Hardie Albright?
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