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Under California Stars (1948)

Passed  -  Thriller | Western  -  30 April 1948 (USA)
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Rancher Roy and his boys track down a gang who have stolen Trigger and are holding him for ransom.



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Complete credited cast:
Jane Frazee ...
Caroline Bullfincher
Cookie Bullfincher / Alf Bullfincher
George Lloyd ...
Pop Jordan (as George H. Lloyd)
Wade Crosby ...
Lige McFarland
Ted Carver
House Peters Jr. ...
Henchman Ed
Steve Clark ...
Joseph A. Garro ...
John the Banker (as Joseph Garro)
Paul Power ...
Movie Director Paul
John Wald ...
WYX Radio Announcer
Bob Nolan ...
Sons of the Pioneers ...
Sons of the Pioneers


Roy has just finished his latest film and leaves for his ranch where he will be broadcasting a show celebrating his tenth year in movies. When Roy and Trigger arrive at his ranch he finds Cookie has hired his relatives. Caroline, the only relative that doesn't have a strong resemblance to Cookie, is the horse trainer. Bob Tells Roy a gang of men are hunting range horses. Roy puts a stop to hunting on his land. Pop decides there's money in kidnapping Trigger and demands a $100,000 ransom. McFarland's stepson, Ted, and his dog Tramp, run away and is found hiding in Roy's barn. A trap is set to catch the kidnappers ranch. Written by Anonymous

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30 April 1948 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The amount of smoke surrounding the burning barn towards the end of the film. See more »


[commenting on the girth of the new ranch hands]
Roy Rogers: Cookie, if you don't quit hiring your relatives...
Cookie Bullfincher: Well, Roy, after their mama died...
Roy Rogers: ...we'll never be able to feed Europe!
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Under California Stars
Written by Jack Elliott
Performed by Roy Rogers, Jane Frazee and the Sons of the Pioneers
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Roy Rogers along with Andy Devine take on a gang who has kidnapped Trigger
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Roy leaves Hollywood for his ranch where he will be broadcasting a spectacle commemorating his tenth year in motion pictures as joins his helper Andy Devine in a search of the thieves who kidnapped Trigger . As the newspapers publicize ¨Trigger stolen¨, ¨Trigger kidnapped¨. As Rancher Roy and his pals track down a bunch who have stolen Trigger and are holding him for $100,000 ransom . The movie contains action Western ,songs, adventures, shoot-outs, fighting and is quite entertaining . Swinging From His Toes And Shooting From His Hips...Roy Battles His Foes With A Song On His Lips! . Roy Rogers and Andy Devine team up again in the habitual thin story , but filled with riding stunts and noisy action . It deals with Roy Rogers turned Hollywood star who has just finished his latest picture as he goes back his ranch in California . When Roy and Trigger arrive in his ranch he meets Cookie (Andy Devine) has contracted his relatives (also played by the likable Andy Devine) and Caroline (Jane Frazee , Dale Evens this time doesn't appear) . Bob tells Roy a band of men are chasing range horses . Pop (Lloyd) and Mcfarland (Wade Crosby) decide there's money in abducting Trigger and demand a ransom . McFarland's stepson, named Ted Carver (the little boy well performed by Michael Chapin) , and his dog Tramp, run away and is found hiding in Roy's barn to investigate strange events about the Trigger abduct . Later on, with the help of Devine and other partners , Roy aware that the band is formed by Pop Jordan and McFarland have kidnapped the smarter horse and they set out in pursuit accompanied by the dog Tramp that lead them to the barn .

This B movie displays sensational adventures , intrigue, fights , lots of fun and is pretty enjoyable . This average-budget Western blends action , hokey fun ,humor , suspense and emotional happenings .The highlights of the movie are the amazing race between Trigger and a sympathetic dog called Tramp ; plus the spectacular rescue by Rogers and his boys . Our heroes incarnated by a throughly believable casting of the usual characters undergo numerous adventures and suffering innumerable perils . Surprise-filled entertainment and plenty of action on middle scale . The exterior scenes , gun-play , fights , brawls, , all of them are lightly spectacular and the film is another ordinary Hollywood product but of B-series. Memorable and great cast as Roy Rogers stars the famous singer cowboy , he played in various musical groups ,in 1934 he formed a group called ¨Sons of Pioneers¨ , they appeared in numerous Westerns (Rhythm on the range, Son of the pioneers , On the Spanish trail , among others). Roy was married three times . Arlene Wilkins , his second wife, died a few day after giving birth to their son ,¨Roy Rogers Jr or Dusty¨ and Dale Evans his third spouse , became his four children's mom . Inducted along with his wife Evans into the Hall of great Western performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and also as member of the Sons of Pioneers . Their nicknames were ,Roy as ¨King of cowboys¨ , Dale Evans ¨Queen of the West¨ and Trigger ¨ Smartest horse in the movies¨ . Roy got his horse ¨Trigger¨in 1938 and rode him in every one of his film and TV shows after that. He had appeared in one early movie , being ridden by Olivia De Havilland in ¨¨ The adventures of Robin Hood¨. Trigged died in 1965,aged 33 years.

¨Under California stars¨ includes several songs , played by ¨Son of Pioneers¨ and the actors as Rogers and Devine . Colorful cinematography in Trucolor , though photography is washed-out , reflecting wonderfully landscapes from Chatsworth Park , Los Angeles , California . This ancient movie is professionally directed by William Witney , a craftsman who directed 140 titles from the 30s . The film is produced by Republic picture, usual in serials of low budget . The director , William Witney ,was a prolific director of short budget and TV episodes ( Daniel Boone , Bonanza ,Virginian ) , his best film was ¨The master of world¨ with Vincent Price . The motion picture will appeal to Western buffs and it's a marvelous popcorn story .

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