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South of Santa Fe (1942)

Passed | | Western | 17 February 1942 (USA)
New Mexico is the scene of undeveloped gold mines and kidnapping. Modern elements include tommy guns, an airplane, two-way radios, fast cars, and big city gangsters.


Joseph Kane


James R. Webb (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittaker
Linda Hayes ... Carol Stevens
Paul Fix ... Joe Keenan - aka Harmon
Judy Clark ... Judy
Arthur Loft ... Peter Moreland
Bobby Beers Bobby Beers ... Bobby
Sam Flint ... Harold Prentiss
Sons of the Pioneers ... Cowhands / Musicians (as The Sons of the Pioneers)
Jack Kirk ... Sheriff Benton
Charles Miller Charles Miller ... John McMahon
Jack Ingram ... Louie - Henchman


To get the three needed business men to visit the Stevens mine, Roy stages a ride with the Vacaros and has them as honored guests. Seeing a chance to make a lot of money, gangster Harmon joins the ride and then has his men kidnap the three. Having filmed a fake holdup earlier, he uses the film to convince the Sheriff that Roy and the boys were the Kidnapers. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Tim: Hey, Sheriff, let us out of here! I wasn't raised to be a convict.
Sheriff Benton: Hey! If you don't stop that racket I'll...
Tim: Aw, you'll do what? Throw us in jail, I suppose.
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South of Santa Fe
Written by Tim Spencer and Roy Rogers
Performed by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
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Perfect example of a singing cowboy movie
7 July 2006 | by stevehaynieSee all my reviews

What would it take to get prominent businessmen to come to an old mine? The adventure of a trail ride with the Vaqueros, that's what!

Gabby Whitaker is the mayor of... Whitakerville! The town is dying off, but if Carol Stevens (Linda Hayes) can get someone to look at her isolated gold mine she knows it will bring prosperity back to the town. This is a tough proposition, but Roy Rogers and The Sons of the Pioneers just go (instruments and all) into the offices of a few businessmen to make them want to join the annual ride of the Vaqueros. A little western harmony can work like magic. It's just like Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney putting on a show to save the day, and it could only work in the movies! So, once the industry leaders show up in their dude outfits they soon learn the mine has a value. Those men also have a value to a crook named Harmon (Paul Fix). He kidnaps them and frames Roy and the Pioneers for the crime. It's no big deal because Roy Rogers always wins.

What makes this Roy Rogers adventure stand out is the Sons of the Pioneers. The classic lineup is there: Hugh and Karl Farr, Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer, Pat Brady, and Lloyd Perryman. They play several songs throughout the movie by themselves and also backing Roy. The group had been well established before South of Sante Fe was made, and by this time their personalities were known. Tim and Lloyd had less screen time, but everyone was well represented. More singing is provided by Judy Clark and Bobby Beers. Music works its way into several scenes perfectly.

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Release Date:

17 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exploradores do Oeste See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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