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Sunset Serenade (1942)

Passed | | Western | 14 September 1942 (USA)
Bad guys plot to trick a newly arrived Eastern girl out of a ranch which belongs to her infant ward. Roy, of course, saves the ranch for the girl.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Robert Yost (story), Earl Felton (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby
Bob Nolan ... Bob
Sons of the Pioneers ... Ranch Hands / Musicians
Helen Parrish ... Sylvia Clark
Onslow Stevens ... Gregg Jackson
Joan Woodbury ... Vera Martin
Frank M. Thomas ... Clifford Sheldon
Roy Barcroft ... Bart Reynolds - Henchman
Jack Kirk ... Sheriff Praskins
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Writing A New Chapter In Western Screen History!... Roy Rogers' Sensational Rise To Fame!... Here He Is... In Reply To YOUR Demands!

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Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1942 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Alpha Video DVD is the cut version, not the complete version. See more »

Goofs

When Gabby pulls the tablecloth off the table, there is a large bowl with a serving spoon in it that stops near the edge. When the camera angle changes the spoon is gone. See more »

Quotes

Gabby: Some job. I don't mind doin' a gal a favor, but all we do is ride. Burnin' up good energy and saddle leather!
Pat Brady: You been burnin' up her food, too, ain't you? Why, you're gorged to the gills right now.
Bob: All he can hear is the dinner bell. Two helpings of stew he had, and last night I saw him take a whole pie and hide it in the garbage chute.
Gabby: Awww, I never did...
[suddenly realizing]
Gabby: Garbage chute! I thought that was a cooler!
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Connections

Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

A Cowboy Has To Sing
Written by Bob Nolan
Performed by the Sons of the Pioneers
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Highly enjoyable...and with a female villain for a change.
12 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was very happy to find that this Roy Rogers film was the original full version. I say this because in the 1950s, the original Rogers films were edited (in some cases HIGHLY and poorly edited) to fit them into TV time slots. While many of the cowboy films at archive.org are trimmed, this copy is not and free to copy.

When the film begins, the viewer is at first sympathetic towards Vera. After all, she's lived on this ranch for some time and considers it hers--but now she's learned it's not hers and was willed to some easterner. So, with the help of her even more evil neighbor, they conspire to ruin the ranch and then buy it off the new owner for a pittance. Interestingly, however, the new owner is a baby--and his guardian is determined to make a go of it since she has help from Roy, Gabby and the Sons of the Pioneers.

While the plot isn't unfamiliar, it's handled well and the songs are a bit better than average. Overall, a very good installment of the Roy Rogers films. Not the best but better than average. Plus, it's a rare case where you get to hear Gabby sing as well!


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