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Red River Valley (1941)

Approved | | Western | 12 December 1941 (USA)
Ranchers, with the help of Roy, raise money to build a reservoir but lose it to a gambler through a crooked stock deal.


Joseph Kane


Malcolm Stuart Boylan (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittaker
Sally Payne ... Sally Whittaker
Trevor Bardette ... Allison
Gale Storm ... Kay Sutherland
Robert Homans ... Sheriff Sutherland
Hal Taliaferro ... Murdock
Lynton Brent ... Feld
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians


To bring water to their valley, ranchers have raised money to build a dam. When that money is stolen, Allison suggests the ranchers sell their stock to a friend of his thereby getting the money needed to complete the dam. Roy has a clue that Allison was involved in the robbery and is out to get control of the valley. So Roy and the boys try to delay the sale of the stock while they look for proof against Allison. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Roy Rogers: It doesn't take much to make Red River Valley folks happy. A little water, and a little soft soap, and they're all in a lather.
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Edited into Six Gun Theater: Red River Valley (2015) See more »


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Roy returns home to find all the folks in his hometown are jerks!
19 March 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the story begins, Roy has returned to his hometown for Pioneer Days...a rootin', tootin' good time to celebrate the exploits of this famous cowboy. But soon after arriving, someone robs the bank and steals all the funds set aside to build the dam...and immediately the townsfolk start whining and blaming Roy for this...and practically everything else! It makes no sense at all and when Roy tries to help them, they come up with many excuses NOT to follow his suggestions. At the same time, it's very obvious that Allison and his partners are behind the robbery and the countless 'accidents' that happened to the dam construction! Will this town ever wise up? And, why would Roy care about this town of jerks in the first place??

Like many of Roy Rogers' and Gene Autry's films, this is one of those strange sorts of modern westerns--complete with cars, telephones and all the modern conveniences...and folks STILL riding about on horses! I can look past this...it's just a strange part of the genre. But what I had trouble with was this hometown. Can ANY group of folks be this unfriendly, suspicious (but only towards things that are NOT dangers) and stupid? I think it was too much in the story and actually hurt the film overall. A decent film...but not among Rogers' best...mostly because his so-called friends are about as friendly as rattlesnakes!

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Release Date:

12 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Patagonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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