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Under Mexicali Stars (1950)

Approved | | Western | 20 November 1950 (USA)
This film is so filled with modern trappings (1950's) and gimmicks that it appears to have been intended for Roy Rogers and is written in the typical take-no-prisoners style of toughness ... See full summary »

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Rex Allen aka Mike Jordan
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Madeline Wellington
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Henchman Hays Lawson
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Homer Oglethorpe
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Nap Wellington
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Giles Starkey
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Sheriff Tom Meadows
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Inspector Arturo Gómez
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Robert B. Handley
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Counterfeitor Goldie
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Race Announcer
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Deputy Bob
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This film is so filled with modern trappings (1950's) and gimmicks that it appears to have been intended for Roy Rogers and is written in the typical take-no-prisoners style of toughness perfected by Bob Williams. Rex Allen and pal Homer Oglethorpe are treasury agents, working undercover with a traveling horse-circus act, after a gold hi-jacking gang that doubles in counterfeiting. Crabby rancher Nap Wellington and his daughter, Madeline, are the early suspects but only until Hays Lawson shows up. The climatic chase scene involves a helicopter, a horse, the Mexican secret service and a flying Rex Allen that gives Republic's outstanding corps of stunt-men a chance to shine. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Thrills Fly... As A Trouble-Shooting T-Man Tracks Down An Outlaw Gang... And Takes To The Air To Get Them!

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20 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Under Mexicali Skies  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Old Black Mountain Trail
Written by Fred Howard and Nat Vincent
Sung by Rex Allen
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Joint American/Mexican Investigation into Counterfeiting
29 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Republic picture outing for Rex Allen does have the look and feel of a Roy Rogers film from its modern setting down to the fact that Rex yodels during his singing of one of the songs. Of course no one could ever yodel like Roy Rogers.

Rex and sidekick Buddy Ebsen are a pair of treasury agents who are on the trail of counterfeiters who are stealing gold and transporting it across the Mexican border and are doing it in a most ingenious manner that I cannot reveal lest it spoil your viewing pleasure. Rex first ingratiates himself with mine owner Percy Helton and daughter Dorothy Patrick and then with the gang as he pretends to be a well known counterfeiter escaped from the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Perennial western villain Roy Barcroft is here for the gang muscle work and Frank Ferguson is the counterfeiter/engraver. What they are doing is counterfeiting Mexican gold coins with real gold on Mexican soil which does bring their police into the investigation as played by Alberto Morin.

Allen sings some fairly forgettable songs. He was the last of the Republic singing cowboys, but after Republic lost its battle with television westerns, Allen's career continued quite nicely as an actor and country recording artist. Under Mexicali Stars is a good example of his work in films.


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