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The Royal Rodeo (1939)

A young monarch, bored with responsibility and craving excitement, invites a traveling rodeo show to perform at his palace.



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Complete credited cast:
Bill Stevens
Marianne (as Lucille Fairbanks)
The King
Boyd Irwin ...


In the small European country of Avania, the King, who is only a child, is more interested in the arriving American cowboy show led by Bill Stevens than he is about affairs of the state. After meeting Bill, the King requests that a rodeo be held at the castle. The two begin a friendship based on Bill seeing in the King what he himself was like when he was a child. When the Regent of Avania abducts the King and his governess Marianne in an elaborate and widespread conspiracy to overthrow the King, Stevens puts on a real live wild west show to save the pair and maintain the monarchy as it should be. In doing so, Bill also hopes to demonstrate a wider perspective of life the American way. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

25 November 1939 (USA)  »

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Technicolor Specials (1939-1940 season) #2: The Royal Rodeo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #9539-9540. See more »


[opening title card]
Title Card: Somewhere in Europe nestles the country of Avania ~ A small nation with the manner of a mighty kingdom.
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Isn't this a remake !
30 December 2007 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

Isn't this a remake of MY PAL,THE KING (Universal,'32)which starred Tom Mix and Mickey Rooney? Great stuff! I get tired of those who are either too cynical or too young to "get" the point of such a film. Way back when, we recognized the nature of such movies, but we enjoyed them for what they were---and we did appreciate patriotism! I believe that we were thankful, and trusting, and mature enough to enjoy things as they were; we DID know the difference between sheer entertainment and WAR AND PEACE. Life was getting very real in 1939 with clouds of war expansion gathering across both oceans. The American public had withstood an economic depression which would probably psychologically devastate a majority of Americans today. So---we were willing to suspend belief or critical judgment when a melodrama came along. Would we were so innocent, and kind, and fun-loving today!

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