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Under California Stars (1948)

Rancher Roy and his boys track down a gang who have stolen Trigger and are holding him for ransom.

Director:

William Witney

Writers:

Paul Gangelin (story), Sloan Nibley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
Jane Frazee ... Caroline Bullfincher
Andy Devine ... Cookie Bullfincher / Alf Bullfincher
George Lloyd ... Pop Jordan (as George H. Lloyd)
Wade Crosby ... Lige McFarland
Michael Chapin ... Ted Carver
House Peters Jr. ... Henchman Ed
Steve Clark ... Sheriff
Joseph A. Garro Joseph A. Garro ... Joe (as Joseph Garro)
Paul Power Paul Power ... Movie Director Paul
John Wald John Wald ... WYX Radio Announcer
Bob Nolan ... Bob
Sons of the Pioneers ... Ranch Hands, Musicians
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Storyline

Roy has just finished his latest film and leaves for his ranch where he will be broadcasting a show celebrating his tenth year in movies. When Roy and Trigger arrive at his ranch he finds Cookie has hired his relatives. Caroline, the only relative that doesn't have a strong resemblance to Cookie, is the horse trainer. Bob Tells Roy a gang of men are hunting range horses. Roy puts a stop to hunting on his land. Pop decides there's money in kidnapping Trigger and demands a $100,000 ransom. McFarland's stepson, Ted, and his dog Tramp, run away and is found hiding in Roy's barn. A trap is set to catch the kidnappers ranch. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under California Skies See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

The amount of smoke surrounding the burning barn towards the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

[commenting on the girth of the new ranch hands]
Roy Rogers: Cookie, if you don't quit hiring your relatives...
Cookie Bullfincher: Well, Roy, after their mama died...
Roy Rogers: ...we'll never be able to feed Europe!
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Soundtracks

Little Saddle Pal
Written by Jack Elliott
Performed by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
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Fine Matinée Entertainment
15 March 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Roy, Trigger, a scruffy dog, and a boy like I used to be. Add some baddies, Trucolor, a pretty girl, and comic relief (Devine), and what else could this front row geezer ask for. And catch that surprise opening. As that scene shows, Roy plays a version of himself as cowboy hero. Seems some new West connivers want to steal Trigger for ransom and they've got a misguided youngster (Chapin) as part of their plan. Meanwhile, Roy's got his movie career to think about. And what would that career be without the world's smartest horse. Actually, a big part of the story is Roy and co. preventing cruelty to animals, whether horses or dogs. That means the bad guys are really bad. There's not much action til the end. The story, however, moves along nicely, with Director Witney even using close-ups astutely, especially with little Ted. But don't look for many tunes from the Sons of the Pioneers. They're mainly along for the ride. No, there's no Oscar bait here. Just the kind of afternoon entertainment that might hook some of today's youngsters if given half-a-chance.


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