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Roll on Texas Moon (1946)

Roy Rogers tries to prevent a range war between cattlemen and sheepherders.



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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trigger, Roy's Horse (as The Smartest Horse in the Movies)
Dennis Hoey ...
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Cactus Kate Taylor
Steve Anders
Edward Keane ...
Frank B. Wilson
Henchman Brannigan
Sheriff Bert Morris
Don Williams
Tom Prescott (as Edward Cassidy)
Lee Shumway ...
Ned Barnes
Joe Cummings
Henchman Stuhler


To get the Delaney ranch Cole's henchman Anders has started a phony range war between the cattlemen and sheepmen. After killing Delaney, he tries to kill his daughter Jill and then Roy who was sent to investigate the war. But the failed attempts gives Roy the information he needs. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE PLAINS ROAR WITH ROMANTIC EXCITEMENT!...'cause Roy's back in a tuneful...action-full...adventure-full tale! (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

12 September 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Luar do Sertão Texano  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Roy falls out of the saddle (pretending to be dead), he is holding Trigger's rein. Yet, in the next scene, he is reaching for the rein to put it in his hand while reaching for his gun too. See more »


[the pioneers have put taffy in the house, so he can sleep with Gabby]
Pat - Member, Sons of the Pioneers: Boy, that o'ta keep him warm.
Bob: Warm? It'll burn him up!
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Wontcha Be a Friend of Mine
Written by Jack Elliott
Performed by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
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Roy must stop a war between Cattlemen and Sheepmen
23 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a neighboring sheep rancher is found murdered on his property, by sheep-hating cattleman Gabby Whitaker, hostilities begin to heat up between the local factions. Cattleman Roy Rogers is quickly dispatched from the home office in Chicago to diffuse the situation and find the culprits. Evidence leads him to the sheep ranch where he joins forces with the murdered rancher's daughter Jill (Dale Evans)over the protests of her old battle-axe aunt, cattle-hater Cactus Kate (Elisabeth Risdon).

Roll on Texas Moon is the first teaming of Roy and B-western great director William Witney. Over the course of the next 5 years Witney would change the tone and style of the Roy Rogers' pictures from a musically oriented singing cowboy to the Action Cowboy Hero. After watching this one it's clear that Witney was really good at the latter, no so much with the former. Promising action sequences quickly give way to oddly selected and poorly placed musical numbers. One song has Roy singing a lullabye to Gabby and the title tune, introduced in a Gabby dream sequence, has Dale dressed as Little Bo peep, making Betty Boop faces at Roy. The whole number was just uncomfortable to look at. It should be noted that despite the inauspicious start, Witney righted the ship in their next film "Home in Oklahoma", a film very similar in substance and plot.

While you can occasionally see in this movie what was eventually to come of the Roy Rogers / William Witney collaboration, Roll on Texas Moon is not one of Roy's better movies. Recommended for die-hard Roy Rogers Fans only.

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