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Don't Fence Me In (1945)

Approved | | Western | 20 October 1945 (USA)
Wildcat Kelly has been dead and buried for years. Or has he? Dale is a reporter for an Eastern magazine who comes West to find out the true story of Kelly, of whom Gabby seems to have mysterious knowledge.

Director:

John English

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Dorrell McGowan (original screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittake - aka Wildcat Kelly
Dale Evans ... Toni Ames - Reporter
Robert Livingston ... Jack Chandler
Moroni Olsen ... Henry Bennett - aka Harry Benson
Marc Lawrence ... Clifford Anson
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Prentiss (as Lucille Gleason)
Andrew Tombes ... Cartwright
Paul Harvey ... Gov. Thomas
Tom London ... Ben Duncan - Sheriff of Twin Wells
Douglas Fowley ... Jack Gordon
Steve Barclay ... Tracy (as Stephen Barclay)
Edgar Dearing ... Chief of Police
Bob Nolan ... Bob
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Storyline

Roy, the proprietor of a dude ranch where Gabby is working as a hired hand. Dale is a photojournalist working for "Spread" magazine sent from New York to investigate a long-dead highwayman by the name of "Wildcat" Kelly. After finding out, by snooping around the ranch, that Gabby is in fact "Wildcat" Kelly, she publishes her findings in the magazine and Gabby is shot. Word is put out that Gabby died of the gunshot and a funeral is arranged. During the lying in state, Dale hides near the casket and photographs all the mourners as they pass by the casket. After the ceremony, Gabby reviews all the photos and picks out the man he saw shot him. By means of a description of the kill supplied to the local sheriff the suspected killer is traced to a local nightclub called the Westward Ho. Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers get a job entertaining at the club to try to locate and build a case against the gunman. By having Gabby make an appearance at the club and scaring the gunman into going to ... Written by Anonymously

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"Let me ride thru the wide open country that I love..." (original one-sheet poster) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ego kai esy See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was made to take advantage of the popularity of the song which was written in 1934 with music by Cole Porter and lyrics by Robert Fletcher but did not become popular until 1944. See more »

Quotes

[Gabby is lying in a coffin]
Gabby Whittaker, aka Wildcat Kelly: How do I look?
Roy Rogers: Not dead enough.
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Connections

Referenced in American Gods: Donar the Great (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Choo Choo Polka
(uncredited)
Written by Mike Shores and Zeke Manners
Sung by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
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Maybe the best of Roy Rogers' films...
28 October 1998 | by revranSee all my reviews

This film is definitely a classic of the Saturday Matinee Singing Cowboy Western. With the King of the Cowboys, Roy Rogers, the irrepressible George "Gabby" Hayes, the beautiful young and spunky Dale Evans and Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers you can't go wrong. Dale plays an undercover reporter out to do a story on a lost fortune and a dead bank robber. She travels to a Dude Ranch run by Roy and Gabby and the Sons of the Pioneers. Roy takes her for a ride in one hilarious scene with a Stagecoach. Gabby plays dead, coffin and all, . in one of the funniest scenes he's ever done. Elementary age kids just love this one so the family will really enjoy the ride.


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