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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
Alberto Morin ...
Inspector Arturo Gómez
Ray Walker ...
Robert B. Handley
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Counterfeitor Goldie
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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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The Railroad Corral
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Sung by Rex Allen
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In the Lone Pine Mountains
29 July 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Gene Autry left for Columbia. Roy Rogers was preparing to head off to television production. Republic tried to keep their inexpensive series of singing cowboy westerns going. For this one, they tried out Rex Allen, a real cowboy from Arizona with a penchant for singing traditional songs in a deep voice. They surrounded him with some good secondary talent, including Buddy Ebsen, ex-Goldwyn Girl Dorothy Patrick and short, funny Percy Helton as her father. The script, about a gold-stealing ring, is well done too.

The real standout is the cinematography by John MacBurnie; the Lone Pine never looked as good, and even the interior shots are nicely handled. Notice how MacBurnie turns a two-shot into a three-figure composition by use of shadows. This was one of the old pro cameramen who worked for Hal Roach in early sound days (he was DP of Laurel & Hardy's first talkie, UNACUSTOMED AS WE ARE) and then worked in B westerns and TV for the next thirty years. Definitely worth your time.


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