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Out California Way (1946)

Passed | | Music, Western | 5 December 1946 (USA)
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:
Monte Hale
Gloria McCoy (as Adrian Booth)
Danny McCoy (as Bobby Blake)
Rod Mason
George Sheridan
Ace Hanlon
Jimmy Starr ...
Jimmy Starr
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
Roy Rogers
Trigger - Roy's Horse
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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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Release Date:

5 December 1946 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sung by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
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why is Roy's picture on the DVD box
16 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Re: the reviewer's question of why Roy Rogers' picture is on the front cover of the DVD box. Because the distributor wants to sell the DVD. He is perhaps the best known movie cowboy to today's audiences, secondly only to John Wayne. He once appeared in a Gene Autry western, when he was still billed as "Dick Weston." He gets in a fight with Autry and of course is beaten. Autry wants to bring him in to sing with the Sons of the Pioneers. Don't ask why, just one of those Republic lines. On the video box I saw, usually at one of those dollar stores, Gene and Roy are both featured on the cover, but the photos are from the Forties, not l936 when the film was made. Since Roy was better known to today's western fans, many of whom never saw his old movies, just his TV series, his picture was on the box for Out California Way. Monte Hale was initially supposed to replace Roy if he was going to be drafted during WW II. Roy had not decided to go into television as yet. That wouldn't come until 1951. Monte began his career doing bit parts in Republic's serials and westerns until finally getting his break in Home on the Range (1946). Yeah, the Trucolor was a little gaudy but Republic was trying to add appeal to their box office trade which was already beginning to show post war expenses. As to the plot line of making a movie within a movie, Republic had already done that with Bells of Rosarita, with Republic cowboy stars coming to Roy's aid in tracking down the outlaws. Sure, we kids knew they were only playacting, but what the heck. Sit back and enjoy the picture. One should try to look at these films in the time frame of when they were made and not compare them to today's big budget films that play down to the audience, rather than to entertain.

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