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The Arizona Kid (1939)

Passed | | Music, War, Western | 29 September 1939 (USA)
Roy is a Confederate officer stationed in Missouri during the Civil War. He must put an end to outlaw gangs working under the pretense of service to the Confederacy.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Luci Ward (screen play), Gerald Geraghty (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittaker
Sally March Sally March ... Laura Radford
Stuart Hamblen ... Val McBride
Dorothy Sebastian ... Bess Warren
Robert Middlemass ... General Stark
Earl Dwire ... Dr. Jason Radford
David Kerwin David Kerwin ... Dave Allen
Peter Fargo Peter Fargo ... Sheldon
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... Melton
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Roy and Gabby deliver horses to Missouri in 1861. When the war breaks out, they become confederate scouts. When the rebel McBride and his gang of murderers attack them, Roy is shot and left for dead. One of McBride's raiders is Dave who is a friend of Roy and he returns to save him. Later Roy captures McBride's gang including Dave and has to have them executed. Then he heads after McBride. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Music | War | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona Kid See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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Written by Wallis Willis
Arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Sung by Negroes at the party and joined by Roy Rogers
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The Confederacy Couldn't Afford Such Scruples
24 March 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As is the case in a lot of B westerns the title has nothing to do with the story. The only connection that Arizona has with The Arizona Kid is that Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes are bringing a string of horses from Arizona as the story opens. Otherwise the action takes place in Civil War era Missouri.

Roy wants to join the Confederate cause, but friend Dave Allen wants to join the irregular guerrillas that Stuart Hamblen is putting together. Roy has scruples about what Hamblen is all about, he's a Quantrill type raider in all, but name.

Later on Hamblen has his connections with the Confederacy severed by the Confederacy due in no small part to Rogers's instigation. After that capturing Hamblen and destroying his band becomes a personal mission for Roy.

I think it completely ironic that the Confederacy had such scruples about the fictional character that Hamblen plays. They sure didn't in real life have any about Colonel Quantrill, they couldn't afford any.

I will say that the final showdown between Roy and Hamblen's character is nicely staged.

Still this is not one of the best of the Roy Rogers westerns.


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