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Song of Arizona (1946)

Passed | | Action, Music, Western | 9 March 1946 (USA)
Gabby's ranch for wayward boys is in financial trouble. One of his boys, Chip is hiding stolen money sent by his father the outlaw leader King Blaine. After Blaine is killed, Chip decides ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (screenplay), Bradford Ropes (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittaker
Dale Evans ... Clare Summers
Lyle Talbot ... King Blaine
Tommy Cook ... Chip Blaine
Johnny Calkins ... Clarence (as Johny Calkins)
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Dolly Finnuccin
Tommy Ivo ... Jimmy
Michael Chapin ... Cyclops
Dick Curtis ... Henchman Bart
Edmund Cobb ... Sheriff Jim Clark
Tom Quinn ... Henchman Tom
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Henchman Jim (as Kid Chissell)
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Ranch Boys (as Robert Mitchell Boychoir)
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Storyline

Gabby's ranch for wayward boys is in financial trouble. One of his boys, Chip is hiding stolen money sent by his father the outlaw leader King Blaine. After Blaine is killed, Chip decides to pay off Gabby's debt with this money, but trouble arises when the remaining gang members arrive looking for the loot. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Action | Music | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção do Arizona See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rogers' worst?
31 January 2009 | by winner55See all my reviews

I can't agree with a previous reviewer who wrote that the story here is better than most Rogers films of the period; in fact there's almost no story here at all. Most Rogers films are breezy entertainment with not much meat on the bones, but them's sometimes pretty bones, to be sure; meaning that often we get the skeleton of the story without having to look for any depth, but the action, the music, the general sense of good natured fun makes the typical Rogers film an easy way top blow an hour or so without regret.

But this film is a mess. One give-away to this is Dale Evans. Her character is introduced to sing a song, disappears, reappears to try to plug a plot hole, and then pretty much disappears until the end. She has little to do but wring her hands and look concerned.

The basic plot - an outlaw wants to leave his stolen money to the orphanage/ranch taking care of his son - never amounts to much. There's no strain to finding the loot, a couple bad guys chase around after it, daddy dies and son is redeemed, and along the way a couple songs get sung. But there's never any tension or suspense, and Rogers, who should appear in command of the material, looks lost, like the director skipped out when the filming began or something. Gabby Hayes is his typical self, but since he's trying to play Pat Obrien in "Boy's Town," there's nothing much for him to do, since that sort of thing isn't in keeping with his usual schtick. The Sons of the Pioneers appear briefly, singing a song of course, but for no other reason - usually they also double as Rogers' ranch-hand gang of friends, here they too disappear.

All in all, the worst I've seen Rogers in - not unwatchable, but little else you can say for it.


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