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Heldorado (1946)

Heldorado is an annual parade celebrating Las Vegas as a frontier town. Roy is captain of the guards at Boulder Dam. He helps celebrate the town's anniversary while capturing racketeers involved with the local casinos.


William Witney


Gerald Geraghty (original screenplay), Julian Zimet (original screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Nevada State Ranger Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger - Roy's Horse
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby
Dale Evans ... Carol Randall
Paul Harvey ... C.W. Driscoll
Brad Dexter ... Alec Baxter (as Barry Mitchell)
John Bagni John Bagni ... Johnny - Driscoll Henchman
John Phillips ... Sheriff Glenn
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Bellboy Henchman (as James Taggart)
Rex Lease ... Charlie - Bartender
Steve Darrell ... Mitch - Driscoll Henchman
Doye O'Dell ... Ticket Taker
LeRoy Mason ... State Ranger
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Carnival Judge
Eddie Acuff ... Carnival Shooting-Gallery Attendant


Roy Rogers, a Nevada State Ranger Captain in charge of the Rangers Reclamation Service, makes a trip to Las Vegas for the annual Heldorado Frontier Days Festival, as he wants to help his old friend Gabby Whittaker who originated the idea (at least, in this film).In Las Vegas, Roy meets heiress Carol Randall, who has been selected as the Queen of the Heldorado. Roy is informed that the F.B.I. wants an immediate investigation of the counterfeit thousand dollar bills that are being passed over the gambling tables at the casino. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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There's a treat on every trail... a thrill in every spill... in hootin'... howlin'... HELDORADO! See more »


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Release Date:

15 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Helldorado See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Though the title of the movie in the opening credits is "Heldorado," signs all through the movie say "Helldorado". This was clearly an effort to avoid displaying the world "Hell" on the marquee. See more »


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Why did they always seem to give Dale parts like this?!
15 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was less than enthusiastic about this Roy Rogers film because it featured Dale Evans in one of her typical 'dumb woman' roles. Now I am not insulting the memory of Miss Evans. It's just that in most films she made with her husband, she played really annoying women--REAAAALLLY annoying ones. To put it succinctly, he played obnoxious and stupid characters. And, while the character in "Heldorado" isn't as bad as many, she still is one annoying lady! You'd think that once she married Roy that her parts would improve, but this wasn't the case.

As to the title (which is often spelled "Helldorado"), it's named after the Helldorado Days--an annual rodeo created in the 1930s outside of Las Vegas in order to entertain the men working on Boulder Dam (now called 'Hoover Dam'). I am still not quite sure why they chose this title--especially since folks' sensitivities and censorship meant changing the title by dropping an 'l' to make it more acceptable.

This film once again finds Roy, Gabby, Trigger and Dale in the leads. And, as usual, Roy plays an agent investigating crime (this time counterfeiters) and Dale plays a rich lady who is super-annoying. Throughout the film, Roy actually seems on the verge of smacking her! But, despite Dale's histrionics, they do manage to save the day by the end of the film AND sing a bunch of songs (some by the ubiquitous Sons of the Pioneers). All in all, a slightly below average B western. For fans of Rogers films, it's fun and entertaining, for those who aren't, try finding a non-Dale film (such as "Idaho") first.

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