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Susanna Pass (1949)

 -  Western  -  29 April 1949 (USA)
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The bad guys dynamite a fish hatchery. They're trying to put the hatchery out of business so they can get possession of oil underneath the lake. Roy is a game warden investigating the dynamiting.


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Complete credited cast:
Kay 'Doc' Parker
Estelita Rodriguez ...
Martin Garralaga ...
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Martin Masters, Newspaper Editor
Lucien Littlefield ...
Russell Masters
Roberts aka Walter P. Johnson
David Sharpe ...
Henchman Vince
Robert Bice ...
Bob Oliver
Foy Willing ...
Riders of the Purple Sage ...
Forest Ranger Musicians


Game Warden Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers) finds the remains of a slaughtered fawn which has been killed by two prison escapees, Bob Oliver (Robert Bice) and Del Roberts (Douglas Fowley.) He finds the sheriff of Susanna Pass is sick and has to take on the task of tracking them down himself, and gets more hindrance than help from ex-bullfighter Carlos Mendoza (Martin Garralaga) and his daughter Rita (Estelita Rodriguez.) Roy checks with local newspaper owner Martin Masters (Robert Emmett Keane)who professes ignorance of the whereabouts of the hunted men, though he is actually in cahoots with Roberts. The latter shows up after Roy leaves and tells Masters he has knifed Bob and left him for dead in the woods. The two have a scheme for dynamiting the lake and hatchery property for the oil underneath, and disposing of the property owner Russell Masters (Francis Ford), Martin's brother, and taking title of the property. At the inquest, after the murder of Russell, Martin is surprised to find that ... Written by Les Adams <>

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The King and Queen of Westerns TOGETHER AGAIN... in TRUCOLOR!








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29 April 1949 (USA)  »

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[last lines]
Roy Rogers: Work done by hatcheries like this doesn't just mean restocking lakes and streams, it means that sportsmen and the youth of America will have a chance to get away from crowded cities and their troubles, go fighin', and enjoy the privileges our forefathers had. So, good luck to ya, Doc!
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Susanna Pass
Written by Jack Elliott
Sung by Roy Rogers with Foy Willing and The Riders of the Purple Sage
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Oil Versus Fish
8 November 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I do have to wonder whether in these days of terrorism and the fluctuating oil market, a film like Susanna Pass could be made today and just who the villain is.

Roy Rogers is a fish and game warden for the state of California and he weighs in with his good offices in a fight between two brothers, Robert Emmett Keane and Lucien Littlefield, one bad and one good.

Bad brother is newspaper editor Keane who's a rich guy looking to get richer. And that would be at the expense of good brother Lucien Littlefield who's got a piece of land on which he's created an artificial lake and uses it as a fish hatchery. He's assisted in this worthy endeavor by Dale Evans who is an ichthyologist.

But there's oil under that lake, black gold, Texas tea as that old TV theme used to say. Keane is in cahoots with escaped convict Douglas Fowley to get that land by fair means or foul, mostly foul.

Later on a different view of the oil situation and drilling underwater would be voiced in the Anthony Mann/James Stewart film, Thunder Bay.

I'm willing to bet that former president Herbert Hoover who was a serious fresh water fisherman would have endorsed this film. I'll bet he saw it when out and loved it. Especially with that valedictory that Roy gives about the youth of America getting out in the fresh air and enjoying fishing as our forefathers did. Hoover was also a founder and spokesperson for the Boys Clubs of America as well.

Hopefully that oil is still under that lake in Susanna Pass so we can get it out when needed in a pinch.

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