The life of the legendary Texas cowboy with his horse, Widowmaker, and how his romance with Slue Foot Sue disrupted it.




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Bob Nolan (as Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers)


Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers tell the story of Pecos Bill, an infant who fell out of a covered wagon and was discovered and raised by a family of coyotes. His relationship with the coyotes teaches him survival and, as a result, grows up to become a he-man of the American Desert earning the friendship of a horse named Widowmaker after rescuing him from a flock of buzzards. However, the relationship between man and horse is threatened when Pecos falls in love with a dame named Slue Foot Sue. They plan to wed but the marriage is threatened when Pecos offers Sue a ride on Widowmaker. Written by Matt Yorston <>

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Release Date:

27 May 1948 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Originally released as an episode in the feature film Melody Time (1948) q.v. See more »


Roy Rogers: Yep, Bill went back to the coyotes, but he never forgot Sue.
[Pecos Bill and Windowmaker are shown on top of a mountain under a full moon]
Roy Rogers: And every night when the moon raised high, he'd lift his voice a mournful cry.
[Bill howls mournfully at the moon]
Roy Rogers: Bewailing the fate of his lady fair, his long-lost love in the sky up there.
[the screen pans to a coyote standing on another mountain. The coyote howls at the moon]
Roy Rogers: So painful was his grief to see, the varmints joined in out of sympathy. And ...
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Blue Shadows On The Trail
18 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This short subject was originally part of Melody Time, but it got the best reviews by far of any of the segments of that feature length film. So Walt Disney decided to release it as a short subject in a stand alone feature. I think he was wise to do so.

Roy Rogers and the Sons Of The Pioneers came over from Republic Pictures to do this feature. Disney must have forked over some big bucks to Herbert J. Yates for their services. They are in a scene with his two child stars from So Dear To My Heart, Luana Patten and Bobby Driscoll with them dressed up like future Mouseketeers on talent roundup day.

Roy tells the tale and sings with the help of The Sons Of The Pioneers the story of legendary cowboy Pecos Bill, his horse Widowmaker, and the girl of his dreams, Sluefoot Sue. Let's just say this was a triangular situation with Pecos Bill at the apex and only one of the other two could put a claim on him.

Roy and the Pioneers sing Blue Shadows On The Trail, a favorite cowboy ballad of mine since I got a Bing Crosby record of it. I'm partial to Bing, but Roy and the Pioneers do a grand job.

It's a great song and a fine short subject from The Magic Kingdom.

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