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Utah (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 21 March 1945 (USA)
When ranch foreman Roy learns the new ranch owner Dorothy Bryant and her friends are arriving, he directs them to Gabby's rundown ranch. He figures they will be discouraged and return East.... See full summary »

Director:

John English

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John K. Butler (screenplay), Jack Townley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Wittaker
Dale Evans ... Dorothy Bryant
Peggy Stewart ... Jackie
Beverly Lloyd ... Wanda (as Beverly Loyd)
Jill Browning Jill Browning ... Babe
Vivien Oakland ... Stella Mason
Grant Withers ... Ben Bowman
Hal Taliaferro ... Steve Lacy
Jack Rutherford ... Sheriff McBride
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Chicago Police Chief
Bob Nolan ... Bob
Sons of the Pioneers ... Cowhands / Musicians
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When ranch foreman Roy learns the new ranch owner Dorothy Bryant and her friends are arriving, he directs them to Gabby's rundown ranch. He figures they will be discouraged and return East. But the plan backfires when Dorothy, thinking her ranch worthless, sells the real ranch at a fraction of it's value. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El camino trágico 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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[first lines]
Dorothy Bryant: [singing] Now, way down upon the Swanee River, / Folks keep jivin' all the day long; / 'Cause that's where I'm gonna stay forever / With a gate who'll make my life a song. / So honey chile, on that day, / When you come my way, / I'll say, "Thank Dixie for me!"
[runs backstage]
Dorothy Bryant: How'd it look, Stel?
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Remake of Springtime in the Rockies (1937) See more »

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Lonesome Cowboy Blues
Written by Tim Spencer
Performed by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
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Light-Hearted Visit With Roy & the Gang, With Good Scenery
21 May 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"Utah" is a light Roy Rogers Western with the whole gang - Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes, and of course Trigger. Except for some nice scenery, it is undistinguished, but it is a good way to pass a pleasant hour.

The picture begins with Dale as a member of a singing and dancing troupe in Chicago, whose act might have to disband because of lack of backing. Dale remembers that her grandfather left her a ranch in Utah - she has never seen the ranch, but decides that selling it might be a good way of raising money to keep the show afloat. So she heads west, taking the women in her show along for the ride. It turns out that the Bar-X Ranch is run by Roy and Gabby, who do not want to see it sold, since they know a big land speculator who has been just waiting to grab the Bar-X and replace the cattle with sheep.

From there, events get pretty far-fetched, but entertaining. There are of course some cowboy songs, and there is a lot of cornball humor centering on the incongruity of a group of women from the city having to associate with a group of cowboys. Some of the humor is lame and dated, but the good-natured feel of the movie keeps it from becoming too annoying.

One less routine aspect of "Utah" is the scenery - there are a lot of good background shots (for example, during the horse chase scenes) that remind us of Utah's rugged grandeur.

"Utah" is good light entertainment for any fan of old Westerns.


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