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The Royal Rodeo (1939)

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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
Lucile Fairbanks ...
Marianne (as Lucille Fairbanks)
Scotty Beckett ...
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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king | show | cowboy | american | rodeo | See more »


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25 November 1939 (USA)  »

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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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Featured in Movieland Magic (1946) See more »


Sons of the Plains Are We
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by John Payne and Cliff Edwards
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26 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Royal Rodeo, The (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Silly and rather predictable Western/Musical from Warner has a young King (Scotty Beckett) looking up to cowboy star Bill Stevens (John Payne). The King eventually gets to meet his hero when the traveling rodeo comes to town and sure enough, the King is going to need to be saved from a bad assistant. This film has a few nice things going for it but not the items you might expect. Payne, before becoming a star, manages to be pretty good here even if his line reading is a tad bit hollow. The rodeo stuff is rather bland as we've seen the stunts done various times before and there's really nothing new added to them here. Where the film does succeed is with the music, which includes tracks such as 'Yankee Doodle', 'Oh! Susanna', 'The Good Old American Way' and a couple others. Another plus is the Technicolor, which really looks nice even if the print on Turner Classic Movies is somewhat faded in certain scenes.

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