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A crooked businessman is trying to sell cattle infected with deadly hoof-and-mouth disease. He has the local veterinarian murdered to cover up his plans.



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Complete credited cast:
Pat Brady ...
Montie Montana ...
Sheriff Holbrook
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Dolly Paxton
Steve Paxton
James Cardwell ...
Saunders (McKenzie's Foreman)
Mack McKenzie
Emmett Vogan ...
Dr. George Fredricks, DVM
Foy Willing ...
Riders of the Purple Sage ...
Musicians (as The Riders of the Purple Sage)


Rancher H. T. McKenzie is informed by veterinarian George Fredericks that his cattle are carriers of the hoof-and-mouth disease and must be destroyed. McKenzie hires Steve Paxton to kill the vet and steal his report. Roy Rogers and the Riders of the Purple Sage (Foy Willing, Darol Rice, George Bamby and Al Sloey) on their way to the Cheyenne Rodeo, detour through Sun Rock so that Roy can visit his old schoolteacher Dolly Paxton, Steve's stepmother. Roy becomes involved in the chase of Steve by Sheriff Holbrook. Ruth Shaw tells Roy that the school board has fired Dolly because of Steve, and that she has turned into a crushed and bitter woman still willing to defend her stepson. Roy discovers a McKenzie calf with symptoms of hoof-and-mouth which puts him on the trail of McKenzie. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

9 September 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trilha do Perigo  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Keep an eye on that scene right after Roy has the water hole fight with McKenzie henchman Saunders. After the fight, Sparrow picks up Saunders' hat and takes it with him, but Saunders shows up at McKenzie's later wearing it. See more »


[while on the trail of a wanted fugitive, Roy and Pat stop to tend to a sick calf]
Saunders: You don't take a hint very well, do you, Rogers? You're on McKenzie property. Hope you have permission.
Roy Rogers: Sorry, we didn't have time. We're on a manhunt.
Saunders: Looks to me like you're on a calf hunt. I'd say you were doin' a little rustling!
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Down Dakota Way
Lyrics by Sloan Nibley
Music by R. Dale Butts
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Contract Killing In The Wild West
6 March 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Roy Rogers is passing Down Dakota Way through the place of his birth on the way to the Cheyenne rodeo. He finds that the old school marm, Elizabeth Risdon, has been retired forcibly and Dale Evans taking her place. More importantly Roy finds out that unscrupulous rancher Roy Barcroft is up to no good.

Barcroft has hired a paid killer in Byron Barr to kill the area veterinarian Emmett Vogan and destroy a report stating that hoof and mouth disease is present in his cattle herd. Barcroft wants to get his cattle shipped and paid for before news gets out of the epidemic. Barr carries out the murder, but then he kind of goes off on his own game, neither of them really trust the other.

To see how these two events intersect you'll have to watch Down Dakota Way. Barr is particularly effective as the punk killer, the kind usually found in urban noir films. In fact Byron Barr's screen debut was as Zaccetti, the punk that Barbara Stanwyck almost frames for the murder of her husband in Double Indemnity. Barr played mostly those kind of roles in his career and did them well.

Roy and Dale and get their usual quota of songs to sing and although the accent is on plot and action more than music in this western. It's not a bad one from the great western studio of Republic and its boss Herbert J. Yates.

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