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Trouble in Texas (1937)
For the Experts who can't remember 'who stole from who'
"Trouble in Texas (1937) with Tex Ritter was a virtual remake of "The Man from Utah (1934)" with John Wayne and used again for "Mesquite Buckaroo(1939) with Bob Steele and again in "The Utah Kid (1944)with Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson essaying the roles of John Wayne and George Hayes from the 1934 film...and yet again in 1951 as "Lawless Cowboys" starring Whip Wilson. And Tex Ritter's 1938 "Frontier Town"was more that just a version of the origin film. And all the "rodeo footage" in the remakes came from the 1934 film.
You are welcome.
Wells Fargo Days (1944)
Wells Fargo Days (1944) was all archive footage
The only exception was the narrator (voice) added by Warner Bros in 1944. This film (short) was produced by Cinecolor, Inc. (2809 South Olive Avenue, Burbank, California), in order to get more theatrical exposure for their color process Cinecolor. It was shown and distributed to theatres in the U.S. by the film exchanges of Monogram Pictures Corporation. The original, country of origin title was "The Man from Tascosa" in 1939. For whatever reason the Warner Brothers shorts department acquired this film in 1944 and changed the title to "Wells Fargo Days." Most likely because they didn't have the raw film (World War Two shortages) and needed to fulfill their obligations to exhibitors to deliver a certain amount of color shorts for that production season...and they had already edited into a short all the feature Technicolor westerns they owned. And, yes, the reason that some reviewers of the Warner 1944 version thought the "Technicolor was a bit washed out was because it wasn't in Technicolor to begin with...it was in Cinecolor and pale green dominated. The cast and crew credits alone should have tipped the film experts that "Wells Fargo Days" was not produced by Warner Brothers; Dennis Moore, Louise Stanley, Lafe McKee, Mack Wright and Bennett Cohen were not starring in nor directing and writing 1944 Warner Bros. productions...features nor shorts. What Warners did do was have some in-house editors chop some footage from the original and hire Art Baker to narrate the gaps in the plot. And, because there was no new footage shot, the correct attribute for every actor---credited or uncredited--- is and always will be (archive footage), with one single exception...Art Baker's (voice) narration.
King of the Bandits (1947)
The reason why the names are changed and dubbed
When Monogram Pictures Corporation sold their Cisco Kid series of films to television in 1949, United Artists had acquired and now held the rights to the O'Henry characters, and the company was forced to dub-over and pronounce another name in every reference to Cisco, Cisco Kid and Pancho. Perhaps the speculator and guesser might want to go back and edit his review.
Bad Lands (1939)
Sorry, film reviewers, John Payne is not in this one.
One would think that if a reviewer that knows the name and face of an actor in a film (when he is seen), then such reviewers would not go to great lengths in adding little tidbits about that actor, in their review, when that actor...John Payne...is not in the film. John Payne did not play "Apache Jack" in this film. That role was played by a one-and-done actor named Jack Payne. Perhaps those reviewers that pointed out the fabrication John Payne is in this film would go back and edit their reviews. But, the chances are very high that, rather than delete/correct their reviews, they will just mark this with a 'don't like'. Be my guest.
Cheyenne: Fury at Rio Hondo (1956)
There is no issue of plagiarism here.
Warner Brothers owned the property (the screenplay of "To Have and Have Not") and if Roy Huggins wanted to make a western version of that, he, and the studio, were free to do so. They were also free to use archive footage from other Warner Bros. feature films (which they did many, many times in this TV series) and a lot of footage from "Juarez"is used in this "Cheyenne" episode. And for what it is worth, regrading the reviewer who thinks Hoagy Carmichael played the piano player in this episode, the piano player called 'Professor" was played by Tim Grahame.Yes, the 'Star Dust' man did play the piano in "To Have and Have Not."
Newly Rich (1931)
Time to get the title confusion sorted out.
This film was released in the USA on June 6, 1931 as "Forbidden Adventure", hence the source of the on-site lobby cards under using that title. Paramount, for whatever reason, called back the "Forbidden Adventure" prints and printed material from their film exchanges (some of which had already been sent to theatres and escaped the call-back) and sent out changed-title prints on June 20, 1932 as "Newly Rich."
Voices Across the Sea (1928)
Voices Across the Sea was a Metro-Movietone short featuring the cast in clips from their first sound(talkie)film, and was part of a Gala Harvest Special when shown, in 1928, at the Empire Theatre in London, England, with "Alias Jimmy Valentine" starring William Haines as the feature film, and a live vaudeville act. The theatre called it a Special Personal Appearance Film.
What Price Vengeance (1937)
The Brit Quota rule gets out-sourced
This film was part of the British Quota Law that existed in the 1930's that basically said in order for films produced in the U.S. by U.S. producers and companies to be shown in Great Britain or any of the colonies, a certain number of films shot somewhere in the British Empire, with the majority of the cast and crew British subjects, had to be shown in the U.S.A. This posed no problems for the major studios who either had production facilities in England or working agreements with the major British producers, but Columbia had neither. In order to comply with the British Quota, so Columbia films could be shown in England and its far-flung outposts, Columbia entered into an agreement with Commonwealth Studios, headed by Canadian-producer Kenneth J. Bishop, in Willows Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to finance and shoot films there for distribution through Columbia's film exchanges. Most of these films starred imported Columbia contract players such as Rita Hayworth, Charles Quigley, Rosalind Keith, Charles Starrett and others, but the vast majority of cast and crew was made up of subjects of the Crown. As such, there were a couple of dozen B-features or westerns shot in Canada with the cast filled with names such as Finis Barton, Robert Rideout, Arthur Kerr, Reginald Hincks, Edgar Edwards, others, directed or written by people such as Del Lord (Canadian-born), J. P. McGowan (Australian-born) or Kenneth/Kenne Duncan (Canadian born). There were a couple of Charles Starrett westerns filmed there and the only American citizens on either side of the camera were Starrett and his double/stunt man Ted Mapes. "Vengeance, 1937" (Canada title) and "What Price Vengeance?,1937" (U.S. title), and there is no re-issue title in 1937 in spite of some source that thinks so (but some uninformed sources also show re-issue titles as being used in the same year the film was originally released, which may have happened only twice in the history of films), has "Dynamite" Hogan as a young policeman who is a crack pistol shot on the firing range, but lets some bank robbers get away because he hasn't the nerve to fire at human targets. Following a fake resignation from the force, he poses as a crook and gets himself accepted as a member of the gang. Before long, with time out for romancing Polly Moore, he soon engages the entire mob in a gun battle. - Written by Les Adams
I'm Still Alive (1940)
It was an easy case to prove.
Over in Trivia there is this little note: Actress Helen Twelvetrees sued, claiming that the film was based on her life story. She won her case.
It would have taken a really bad lawyer to lose the case. RKO was on record of making the claim. On page six of the pressbook sent to the theatre exhibitors, there was a long publicity story , for use in local newspapers when the film was showing in their towns. It told of the many stunt men who were involved (in actual roles and stunts) on "I'm Still Alive." Mentioned were Allen Pomeroy. George Magrill, Cliff Bergere, Art Dupuis, Cy Slocom and several others. And, about half-way through the long ready-to-be printed (and it was) story was this paragraph from RKO's publicity department: "Strangely enough, every one of them is married, and most of them own their own homes. It is a fetish with these men who lead such hazardous lives to run no bills, to pay cash for everything they buy. They had fun on the picture which, they say, is based on a true story of one of their number, the romance a few years ago between the former star, Helen Twelvetrees, and stuntman Jack Woody."
She might have overlooked it. if they hadn't called her a former star.
Hunting Trouble (1938)
If it was good enough for Laurel and Hardy....
...it was good enough to steal for Prouty and Lane; Jed Prouty and his pal, Dick Lane, have attended secretly the annual convention of the Sons of Hawaii. they having told their wives they were going on a hunting trip. After the final wild closing night, Jed doesn't remember much of what happened, but on the way home the next day Dick tells him some strange woman was chasing on the way to the train. Jed arrives home to find his wife gone but a beautiful young waiting for him and calling him "Daddy." He does not know she is the wife of his son, they having eloped suddenly. The problem begins when his wife returns and he, with a guilty conscience, tries to keep the girl out of her sight.