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Silver City Bonanza (1951)

Approved | | Western | 1 March 1951 (USA)
Blind Pete Horne knows the location of the Lost Spanish Silver Lode, but is knifed before he can tell anyone. His seeing eye dog, Duke, brings Rex Allen and Gabriel Horne to Pete's lifeless... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Gabe Horne
Katie McIntosh
Billy Kimbley ...
Jimmy McIntosh
Alix Ebsen ...
Susie McIntosh
Monk Monroe
Henchman Hank
Town Loafer
Theater Owner
Pete Horne


Blind Pete Horne knows the location of the Lost Spanish Silver Lode, but is knifed before he can tell anyone. His seeing eye dog, Duke, brings Rex Allen and Gabriel Horne to Pete's lifeless body. They set out to find the killer and run into trouble near Silver City, Arizona, when they rescue Katie McIntosh from a gang that is chasing her buckboard. She asks Rex and Gabriel to stay and help her on her ranch. Following an attempt to drive off her cattle, Rex finds a clue to the strange secret behind Pete's murder - a tiny brass fitting which Rex discovers is part of a Navy diver's equipment. Tying this up with stories he has heard about "the ghost in armor" who rises from the lake on Katie's ranch at night, Rex comes to the conclusion that the lost lode is under the lake. Pete, who had been a Navy diver in the war, had recognized the sound of a pump as the crooks, led by Monk Monroe, dived to search for the mine entrance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

1 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mina submarina,  »

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(RCA Sound System)
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References Code of the Silver Sage (1950) See more »


Lollipop Lane
Written by Fred Rose and Johnny Marvin
Sung by Rex Allen
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Knifing a blind man
27 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Silver City Bonanza finds Rex Allen and Buddy Ebsen in yet another film that was obviously meant for Roy Rogers. Anytime you find kids in the film you can bank on that idea.

If it was meant for Rogers than Roy missed a good one. Rex and Buddy are on the trail of a blind relative of Buddy's played by Harry Lauter. But all they find is Lauter's dead body with his faithful seeing eye dog beside him. Lauter was on the trail of a lost silver mine with reportedly freshly mined bullion inside it.

After that the two get involved with the troubles of Rex's Dale Evans like leading lady Mary Ellen Kay and her younger brother Billy Kinkley and sister Alix Ebsen. Billy's a baseball loving kid and the only one I've ever seen play baseball with cowboy boots on. They discover the source of their troubles is the same as whoever knifed Harry Lauter.

The key here is a knife was used and you won't believe how well this mine was hidden. Can't say more it's also a key to solving the mystery and bringing the criminals to justice.

Rex gets a couple of nice songs to sing, one where Kay joins him. And for those who don't remember Buddy Ebsen before he was Davy Crockett's sidekick, Jed Clampett or Barnaby Jones, Ebsen was a pretty fair dancer with a nice style that took advantage of his bean pole build. He dances here with his own daughter Alix in a way similar to what he did with Judy Garland back in MGM days in the Thirties.

One of Rex Allen's better Republic features.

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