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Down Dakota Way (1949)

Not Rated | | Western | 9 September 1949 (USA)
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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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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 »

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[Steve Paxton dies from wounds received from a posse]
Dolly Paxton: This is what happens to kids who think they can fight the world all alone... that won't listen to parents or those that love them.
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The ABC Song
Written by Sid Robin and Foy Willing
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Above-average Roy Rogers Trucolor western
20 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I've seen most of Roy Rogers' Trucolor westerns (made for Republic Pictures from 1947 to 1951) and I tend to like them, although the plots can be pretty far-fetched at times, e.g. the atomic spies operating out of a gentle western town in BELLS OF CORONADO. I'm happy to say that DOWN DAKOTA WAY (1949) has a more believable plot than most, with a distinct cowboy theme, making it more of a traditional western than most of Roy's Trucolor films, despite the odd modern touch here and there. It's bigger-budgeted than usual, with lots of scenes involving herds of cattle and cowboys and lawmen riding furiously through them and around them, all photographed on location in beautiful Trucolor, a two-color process unique to Republic. It's also got lots of action, with plenty of shootouts with the bad guys, a cattle gang seeking to get a quick pay-off for a diseased herd before word gets out that the cattle are afflicted with hoof-and-mouth disease. This plot would later turn up in the prestigious modern western, HUD (1963), which starred Paul Newman, Brandon De Wilde and Melvyn Douglas. As I recall, diseased cattle also play a part in a later modern western starring Newman, POCKET MONEY (1972). I like how DOWN DAKOTA WAY and POCKET MONEY handled this plot element, but I never cared much for the ponderous HUD.

Byron Barr and Roy Barcroft make excellent villains here as the hired gun and the corrupt rancher who employs him, while the heroes are saddled with the irksome Pat Brady who provides way too much unnecessary comic relief. Roy and Dale sing, along with Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage, but the sappy songs slow down the action more than usual. Still, there is much to reward a patient viewer and the film is highly recommended to fans of Rogers and the director, action specialist William Witney.


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