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Under Western Stars (1938)

Passed | | Western | 20 April 1938 (USA)
Roy is elected to Congress to bring the misery of the "dustbowl" of the 1930s to the attention of Washington politicians.

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(as Joe Kane)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Stuart McGowan) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy Rogers
... Frog Millhouse
... Eleanor Fairbanks
Maple City Four ... Singers
Guy Usher ... John Fairbanks
... Congressman Edward H. Marlowe
... Richards
... Tom Andrews (as Alden Chase)
Brandon Beach ... Sen. Wilson
... Mayor Biggs
Jean Fowler ... Mrs. Wilson
... Mrs. Marlowe (as Dora Clemant)
... William P. Scully
Burr Caruth ... Larkin
... Tremaine (as Charles Whitaker)
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In his starring debut Roy gets elected to congress in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. In Washington he learns he needs the backing of a key congressman and gets that man to go west for an inspection trip. When the Congressman is initally unimpressed, Roy gets the inspection party stranded without water to show the true conditions. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A NEW WESTERN STAR BLAZES HIS WAY ACROSS THE SCREEN! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Western

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20 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sob as Estrelas do Oeste  »

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(RCA Victor Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was Roy Rogers' first starring film for Republic Pictures, and while he was a hit with movie fans and exhibitors, it was a full five years (1943) before he received billing as "King of the Cowboys". See more »

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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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That Pioneer Mother of Mine
Written by Tim Spencer
Sung by Roy Rogers
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A bit of a career misstep for Gene Autry.
22 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

During the 1930s, there was no cowboy more popular than Gene Autry, so it's not surprising that he'd flex his muscles a bit and demand a higher salary. Unfortunately for Gene, he picked the absolute worst time to walk off on his contract---as Republic Pictures then substituted a relative newcomer into his next planned picture, "Under Western Skies". That newcomer was Roy Rogers--and in a few years he'd surpass Autry in popularity. I am pretty sure Gene must have felt pretty foolish after this--especially since "Under Western Stars" turned out to be a very good picture and much better than Gene's usual output!

The film begins with a bunch of ranchers at their wits end. The water company has jacked up the rates after they turned the land into a dessert. Now folks cannot afford to water their cattle and they are, naturally, hopping mad. Roy (along with Smiley Burnett) leads the fight against the water company and eventually they get the idea to run him for Congress. After all, their elected official is clearly in the pocket of the water company. Not surprisingly, Roy wins and goes to Washington to change things. Unfortunately, he learns that change comes slow and now he finds himself in the middle of what could be an all-out war between the ranchers and the water company. Can he manage to fix things AND still get the girl?

The plot to "Under Western Stars" is the best thing going for it. It's unique--and that's something you can't say about many of the B-westerns! On top of that, the music is good and Roy's voice is about equal to Gene's. All around, one of Roy's best efforts as he hits a grand slam the first time up at bat, so to speak.


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