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Heldorado (1946)

Passed | | Music, Western | 15 December 1946 (USA)
Heldorado is an annual parade celebrating Las Vegas as a frontier town. Roy is captain of the guards at Boulder Dam. He helps celebrate the town's anniversary while capturing racketeers involved with the local casinos.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baxter (as Barry Mitchell)
John Bagni ...
Johnny - Driscoll Henchman
John Phillips ...
Sheriff Glenn
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ...
Bellboy Henchman (as James Taggart)
Charlie - Bartender
Mitch - Driscoll Henchman
Ticket Taker
State Ranger
Charles Williams ...
Carnival Judge
Carnival Shooting-Gallery Attendant


Roy Rogers, a Nevada State Ranger Captain in charge of the Rangers Reclamation Service, makes a trip to Las Vegas for the annual Heldorado Frontier Days Festival, as he wants to help his old friend Gabby Whittaker who originated the idea (at least, in this film).In Las Vegas, Roy meets heiress Carol Randall, who has been selected as the Queen of the Heldorado. Roy is informed that the F.B.I. wants an immediate investigation of the counterfeit thousand dollar bills that are being passed over the gambling tables at the casino. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Music | Western


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15 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Helldorado  »

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(original) | (edited)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Though the title of the movie in the opening credits is "Heldorado," signs all through the movie say "Helldorado". This was clearly an effort to avoid displaying the world "Hell" on the marquee. See more »


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Don't you just hate when bad guys get in the way of a good parade!
15 January 2006 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Nevada State Ranger Roy Rogers gets involved with some racketeers who are entrenched with the local Las Vegas casinos and on the other side of this matter he makes time to participate in the towns annual parade Heldorado, which celebrates it becoming a frontier town.

Don't you just hate when the DVD cover tells you that it's the longer cut, but when you watch it you find out it's the edited version… well that's what happen here. Anyhow, I better move on. Usually I wouldn't touch a film like this, but I was looking for a change and so I borrowed a couple of old western flicks off my grandfather. I thought it wouldn't hurt for some nostalgia b-grade Hollywood westerns. Sure thing, after getting into 'Heldorado', it wasn't really my thing and I wouldn't care to lay my eyes on it again… but still it was a fair way to spend a odd 56 minutes of rooting and tooting fun, well kind of in a clean cut way. Now onto the main star Roy Rogers, sure I've heard of him and know him as a singing cowboy, but really that's it. Actually I think this is the first film I've seen of his… I think? Whoops, I almost forgot his white horse Trigger. Is he truly the smartest horse in the movies? I know lot adults would've grown up with Roy Rogers, but I guess I might have appreciated the film more if I did too. Heck, as a child I grew up with John Wayne's westerns because of my grandfather.

The western genre is one of my favourite genres, but like I said I guess I'm the wrong target audience because this b/w typical Hollywood western yarn was kinda lacklustre in the action department and too, it was rather talkie for me. So because of all of that the pacing felt a bit monotone and the song interruptions delayed the viewing for me. But still I got something out of it, if I was able to sit through it. What made it easier to take were the performances by the main leads and surprisingly the humour was worked in rather well, without stretching it. Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes and Dale Evans chemistry worked wonders and when they were on screen they seemed to chew up the scenery. The characters had a nice sense of entertainment and likability about them. The humour between flowed well, with Roger's witty remarks, Gabby's sour face and gags and Evans cheeky style. It was just clever in its light touches. At least Evan's character was a strong willed female instead of the damsel in distress. The plot was reasonably simple, with the usual bad guy's stuff and the hero coming through at the end with a parade as the backdrop. When Roger's was not breaking into a song or performing tricks with Trigger and enjoying the parade he finds some time for looking into this mystery of these racketeers and counterfeit money. There's no real tension to it nor are the tussles between the cowboys overly memorable, but this particular film just has a feel good stance about it. While the three leads might have stood out, the rest of the acting was pretty stuffy and their dialogue was real wooden. On a grand scale the combination between the three will make sure you'll enjoy yourself.

The factor is it's nothing more than a showpiece for Rogers to do his stuff. Decent, but more for the fans.

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