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King of the Cowboys (1943)

Passed | | Music, Western | 9 April 1943 (USA)
Saboteurs are blowing up government warehouses (during World War II). Roy and his pals work undercover to put an end to their operations.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Olive Cooper (screenplay), J. Benton Cheney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians
Peggy Moran ... Judy Mason
Gerald Mohr ... Maurice - the Mental Marvel
Dorothea Kent ... Ruby Smith
Lloyd Corrigan ... Otto
James Bush ... Dave Mason
Russell Hicks ... Texas Gov. Shuville
Irving Bacon ... Alf Cluckus
Norman Willis ... Buxton
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Storyline

The Governor sends Roy to help bring in a gang of saboteurs. Roy joins a traveling show and soon learns the saboteurs communicate during Maurice's mind reading act that uses a hidden receiver. But Maurice is on to Roy. Roy narrowly escapes when Maurice leaves him tied up in a warehouse they are blowing up. But Maurice then kills a man and blames Roy who now finds himself in jail. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Taglines:

SOMETHING NEW IN THRILLS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Music | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Cowboys See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bob Nolan is the voice of the announcer on the car radio in the flashback sequence. See more »

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A flashback scene that takes place literally on the Texas-Arkansas border features a rugged desert landscape not found within hundreds of miles of Texarkana. See more »

Quotes

Frog Millhouse: Roy, you're dead. And long as you stay dead you ain't gonna get killed!
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Connections

Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride, Ranger, Ride
Written by Tim Spencer
Performed by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
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Lesser Roy
29 March 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Certainly not a western in the usual sense. In fact, horses aren't seen til the end, while there're many more suits than Stetsons. The programmer does manage a good flying fists sequence, but fast-shooting and hard-riding are at a bare minimum. There's little scenery, except for some familiar LA area locations. And likely, wartime restrictions discouraged shooting in Technicolor so we get b&w instead.

It's 1943, and I guess Republic wanted something contemporary having to do with the scheming Axis powers. But reviewer Plankton is right. The script is very poorly done, so it's hard to know who exactly who is up to what and why. There are some good moments such as action on the train trestle and some snappy audience lines during Mohr's psychic act. And that's along with a pretty good selection of western tunes, like Red River Valley. Of course, Mohr makes a first-rate baddie, and it's unusual to see short, stubby Corrigan in a serious part, a departure from his usual addle-pated comedic parts.

In my little book, it's a lesser Rogers entry, apparently before he met up with the sparkling Dale Evans or the golden stallion Trigger. But it should do for Rogers fans if you're not too insistent about your traditional westerns.


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