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Heart of the Rockies (1951)

Approved | | Western | 30 March 1951 (USA)
Roy Rogers, a highway engineer, strongly favors a youth-rehabilitation camp sponsored by retired State Prison Warden Parker where young first-offenders can be reformed without being exposed... See full summary »

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Roy Rogers, a highway engineer, strongly favors a youth-rehabilitation camp sponsored by retired State Prison Warden Parker where young first-offenders can be reformed without being exposed to penitentiary life. Andrew Willard, through whose range a new highway is being built, is being secretly robbed of his pure-bred cattle by his crooked foreman Devery who has marketed the cattle and replaced them with scrub stock.He then has the herd stampeded into a landslide set off by dynamite by Roy's young crew to make them appear responsible for the loss of the "valuable" cattle. Roy takes the blame and is ordered off of the property by Willard, over the protests of his niece June. Then Devery has two of his men, whom he has planted on the guest ranch ran by Splinters McGonigle, steal a diamond brooch belonging to Mrs. Edsel and the blame is placed on one of the work camp boys, Jim Corley. Roy has his work cut out for him to clear the boys of the pending charges, especially after Devery has ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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During the brawl with Devery at the Willard ranch, Roy's shown with a couple of bloody cuts when the fight is over, but they're gone in the very next time frame when he mounts Trigger. Alternately, near the end of the film, when Roy mixes it up with Devery in the barn, only one punch is thrown with Roy knocking out the bad guy. However when he turns to the camera, Roy's forehead and lip are bleeding, and he didn't even take a punch. See more »

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Prairie Country
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Spanish Lyrics by Geri Galian
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Road Gangs for Wayward Youth
6 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Heart of the Rockies is one of two films that Republic Pictures put out with this title. The first was a Three Mesquiteer film with Max Terhune, Crash Corrigan, and Bob Livingston. It was infinitely superior to this Roy Rogers epic.

I sincerely hope that this film did not play in any of the prisons because if it did there would have been a riot. The premise of this film is that a crusty local rancher, Ralph Morgan, has been violently against a work camp for young prisoners cutting through his land. Roy Rogers is the chief engineer for the road and the labor he's using is young first offender convicts. The idea behind it is the director of the camp is a former warden William Gould says it's to keep the young guys in the fresh air and away from the hard cases. If the camp closes down the government might actually have to pay civilian workers and the road might never get done.

Well it's certainly an interesting take on the penal system and a defense for using convict labor. Of course such films as Brubaker take a much different line. And my idea of a convict road gang is best expressed cinematically by Cool Hand Luke.

Anyway Morgan's got troubles in his own house. His niece Penny Edwards has taken a real shine to Roy. And he's got a doubledealing, doublecrossing foreman in Fred Graham who both has something on Morgan and is working his own agenda.

I don't expect much from the B westerns and don't usually get it, but this film actually left me aghast. I wonder if Robert Mitchum who actually did time on a road gang ever saw this film and what he must have thought.


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