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Out California Way (1946)

Passed | | Music, Western | 5 December 1946 (USA)
An interesting oddity in Republic's B-western series but certainly not the first or only time the studio used a movie set as the backdrop of a plot line. Newcomer Monte Hale is tying to ... See full summary »


Lesley Selander


Betty Burbridge (screenplay), Barry Shipman (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Monte Hale ... Monte Hale
Lorna Gray ... Gloria McCoy (as Adrian Booth)
Robert Blake ... Danny McCoy (as Bobby Blake)
John Dehner ... Rod Mason
Nolan Leary ... George Sheridan
Fred Graham ... Ace Hanlon
Tom London ... Johnny
Jimmy Starr Jimmy Starr ... Jimmy Starr
Edward Keane ... E.J. Pearson
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Boy Choir (as St. Luke's Choristers)
Foy Willing Foy Willing ... Foy
Riders of the Purple Sage Riders of the Purple Sage ... Foy Willing Band
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger - Roy's Horse
Allan Lane ... Allan Lane


An interesting oddity in Republic's B-western series but certainly not the first or only time the studio used a movie set as the backdrop of a plot line. Newcomer Monte Hale is tying to just get a job in western films when he meet young Danny McCoy and his sister Gloria. Danny is trying to get his horse, "Pardner" into films. Monte sings a song and "Pardner" does some tricks and a casting director notices. Monte gets a singing-cowboy role and the horse gets a bit, but there is an accidental explosion, engineered by western star Rod Mason, who is jealous of Monte, and the horse is badly scared and blows his lines. Monte takes care of Sheridan in some hand-to-hand fisticuffs and "Pardner", trouper that he is, recovers and performs as expected. Republic contractees Roy Rogers and Dale Evans drop by and sing a song while "Trigger" upstages "Pardner" with some tap-dancing, and Donald Barry and Allan Lane drop by and say 'hidy." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's Gotta Be A Great Picture! It has a new color process... TRUCOLOR!... a great western star... Monte Hale... and All your greatest western favorites... in an exciting outdoor adventure!


Music | Western


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Release Date:

5 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hello, Monte
Written by Foy Willing
Performed by Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage
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Introducing Monte Hale
13 June 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Herbert J. Yates decided to introduce his latest sagebrush star Monte Hale he did with a backstage story so to speak. Monte Hale gets to play himself, a likable young cowboy who would like to break into motion pictures. In going to Republic he sure went to the right studio since this was the bread and butter of that outfit.

Hale teams up with young Bobby Blake and his horse Partner who Blake has taught many tricks. He first tries to introduce Partner to western star John Dehner who is a radio actor with a western series there. But for the big screen Dehner just hasn't the skills and his double Fred Graham fills in for Dehner in a lot of ways.

Hale catches the studio attention, but Dehner is jealous and he wants to damage Hale's career before it starts. And the horse Partner is the instrument he uses.

Monte also gets a little romance in with Bobby Blake's sister Lorna Gray and Republic Pictures gets a new cowboy hero. Several of the current stars like Allan Lane, Don Barry and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans all make guest appearances. And of course John Dehner never became a cowboy hero at Republic, but in real life had quite a distinguished career in all kinds of character roles.

You have to wonder about the real studio politics among all these guys at Republic. When Gene Autry moved to Columbia Pictures, Roy Rogers was King of the Republic lot as well as King of the Cowboys. But there was quite a bit of rivalry over who was crown prince and those listed above were not the only movie cowboys working for Herbert J. Yates.

Out California Way is a pleasant enough picture and Monte Hale is a good cowboy hero.

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