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In Old Caliente (1939)

Passed | | Western | 19 June 1939 (USA)
Americans come west to California in the hope of peaceful settlement.


Joseph Kane


Norman Houston (story), Norman Houston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Lynne Roberts ... Jean (as Mary Hart)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whitaker
Jack La Rue ... Sujarno
Katherine DeMille ... Rita Vargas
Frank Puglia ... Don José Vargas
Harry Woods ... Curly Calkins
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Carlos Vargas (as Paul Marian)
Ethel Wales ... Aunt Felicia
Merrill McCormick Merrill McCormick ... Pedro


Don Jose's foreman Sujarto is an informer for an outlaw gang. After Don Jose's son Carlos is robbed, Roy and Gabby find the outlaws but end up captured and blamed for the robbery. They get even deeper into trouble when Sujarto kills Don Jose and blames Roy. They are able to escape and Roy convinces Carlos that Sujarto killed his father. Roy then has a plan that will bring Sujarto and the gang into the open. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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STRAIGHT-SHOOTIN' SON OF THE SADDLE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »




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This is evidently taking place in the early 1850s, yet all handguns are revolvers, which weren't yet invented, and the cattle we see are Herefords. That breed wasn't introduced into North America until well after the Civil War. See more »


[first lines]
Don José Vargas: Here they come, these Americanos and their covered wagons. Pedro, the days of the Dons are numbered.
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »


We're Not Coming Out Tonight
Written by Walter G. Samuels (as Walter Samuels)
Sung by Roy Rogers and George 'Gabby' Hayes
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Pointless music, OK story.
8 May 2017 | by ChinkyFunbagsSee all my reviews

This is my first cowboy movie and now I know why I have avoided them for so long.Everyone who was surprised by Brokeback Mountain must have never seen this because all I learned from this is that cowboys are super gay.Even when they aren't eating pudding.The plot isn't half bad but the acting is terrible.It quickly becomes clear why Roy Rogers is known as the singing cowboy and not the acting cowboy.The best thing about this movie is that it starts with a Mexican saying they are going to lose California to the gringos because the Mexicans just sleep all day and party all night.Very refreshing.Without all the music it could have been a decent movie.

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Release Date:

19 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In Old Caliente See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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