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Out California Way (1946)

Passed  -  Music | Western  -  5 December 1946 (USA)
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An interesting oddity in Republic's B-western series but certainly not the first or only time the studio used a movie set as the backdrop of a plot line. Newcomer Monte Hale is tying to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorna Gray ...
Gloria McCoy (as Adrian Booth)
Danny McCoy (as Bobby Blake)
Rod Mason
Nolan Leary ...
George Sheridan
Fred Graham ...
Ace Hanlon
Tom London ...
Jimmy Starr ...
Jimmy Starr
Edward Keane ...
E.J. Pearson
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ...
Boy Choir (as St. Luke's Choristers)
Foy Willing ...
Riders of the Purple Sage ...
Foy Willing Band
Allan Lane ...
Allan Lane


An interesting oddity in Republic's B-western series but certainly not the first or only time the studio used a movie set as the backdrop of a plot line. Newcomer Monte Hale is tying to just get a job in western films when he meet young Danny McCoy and his sister Gloria. Danny is trying to get his horse, "Pardner" into films. Monte sings a song and "Pardner" does some tricks and a casting director notices. Monte gets a singing-cowboy role and the horse gets a bit, but there is an accidental explosion, engineered by western star Rod Mason, who is jealous of Monte, and the horse is badly scared and blows his lines. Monte takes care of Sheridan in some hand-to-hand fisticuffs and "Pardner", trouper that he is, recovers and performs as expected. Republic contractees Roy Rogers and Dale Evans drop by and sing a song while "Trigger" upstages "Pardner" with some tap-dancing, and Donald Barry and Allan Lane drop by and say 'hidy." Written by Les Adams <>

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It's Gotta Be A Great Picture! It has a new color process... TRUCOLOR!... a great western star... Monte Hale... and All your greatest western favorites... in an exciting outdoor adventure!


Music | Western


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5 December 1946 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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not very thrilling
29 April 2003 | by (Pocono Summit, PA) – See all my reviews

This isn't so much of a western movie, as it is a movie about MAKING western movies - set in the mid 40s. There are at least a half-dozen songs here, but many of them are quite juvenile. I guess that's supposed to play to the youthfulness of the audience at whom this must be aimed. Most of the music is provided by Foy Willing and The Riders of The Purple Sage, but Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - as part of their cameo appearance - also contribute a tune. Rocky Lane and Red Barry briefly cross the screen as well. Robert (Bobby, as he was billed back then) Blake has a main part: While trying to get his HORSE in films, he meets actor-wannabe Monte Hale. The newcomer ultimately upstages an established radio-to-celluloid cowboy, thereby establishing what little tension there is in this flick. In addition, the kid has an older sister, who provides a bit of romance involving her and Monte. The plot and dialogue throughout seems very contrived, which may be too noticeable to adults; and kids may lose interest in a few places.

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