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

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Don't know why this is on a Happy Trails Theatre DVD.
13 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although Roy and Dale have a cameo appearance in this movie, they are not the stars. I bought the DVD with Roy featured on the cover to watch a Roy Rogers movie. As you can see from the other commentators, this movie is not so much a western as it is about making a western, Hollywood style, and that's the story. Roy and Dale were probably the best part of the movie when they did a song together and then rode off on their horses. Of course, when you get Roy and Dale together and doing their thing, they tend upstage everyone else anyway. That is meant in a good way as it was just their natural talents and personalities that shine in any movie. The only one that I've seen that can keep up with them on the same screen is George Gabby Hayes. Anyway, the movie was OK and had some good actors. Monte Hale seemed to be a very likable fellow and sang well. In fact, I think the problem with his part was that he was being too nice, and that's not natural. If the bad guys were doing to me, what was being done to him, I'd be a little more angry. But when you're an actor you have to do it the way the director tells you if you want to work. Bobby Blake was very good as a child actor, and it is difficult to match him to the mean spirited type actor he became. Then again, life experiences have changed many a person and we all have to play the hand we are dealt. Allan "Rocky" Lane had a cameo and it was good to see a cameo of Don "Red" Barry too, as he was a favorite of mine as a kid. The female lead was Lorna Gray (aka Virginia Pound and Adrian Booth), who is one of the last surviving cast members of Columbia Pictures Three Stooges shorts. A pretty girl, she did a nice job of the part given her. John Dehner was the bad guy, as he was often cast in many westerns. Rarely a starring role but almost always a very important supporting role in more TV shows and movies than I can count. And he always did an excellent job, it just seemed to come naturally to him. I remember him as a newspaperman in the TV show of the 60's titled The Roaring 20's. This was a favorite show, as I never missed a chance to watch Dorothy Provine, who was the star of the series (OK, Donald May was in it but when Dorothy is on screen - wow!). It is said that John Dehner started out as an animator for Walt Disney and was an accomplished piano player. And of course, the pleasant tunes of Foy Willing and The Riders of the Purple Sage. If you're looking to spend a pleasant Saturday matinée type hour, then no harm done with this movie. But if you are looking to see Roy Rogers in a starring role, don't let the cover fool you, he only has those few minutes of cameo (but well worth seeing and hearing with Dale).


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