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The Golden Stallion (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Music | 15 November 1949 (USA)
Diamonds are being smuggled across the border from Mexico in a specially made shoe of a palomino mare. One of the smugglers is killed when the mare runs off. The sheriff blames Trigger for ... See full summary »

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... Roy Rogers
... Trigger - Roy's Horse
... Stormy Billings
Estelita Rodriguez ... Pepé Valdez
... Sparrow Biffle
Douglas Evans ... Jeff Middleton, Owner of Oro City Hotel
... Oro City Sheriff
... Henchman Ben
... Henchman Ed Hart
Clarence Straight ... Bartender Spud
Jack Sparks ... Guard
... Old Man
Foy Willing ... Foy
Riders of the Purple Sage ... Musicians
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Diamonds are being smuggled across the border from Mexico in a specially made shoe of a palomino mare. One of the smugglers is killed when the mare runs off. The sheriff blames Trigger for the death. To keep his horse from being destroyed, Roy confesses and goes to jail. The smugglers buy Trigger and put him to work smuggling diamonds. The mare, who had earlier had a tryst with Trigger, foals Trigger, Jr. who Roy, finally out of jail, uses to help capture the smugglers. Written by Kristen Slice <akitagirl46@yahoo.com>

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In the early 2000s, Writer-Director Quentin Tarantino did a commentary on this film when he screened it for a New York Times reporter. See more »

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In the last scene as Roy and Dale trot towards the camera, the wheel marks of the camera car can be seen on the ground. See more »

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Written by Nathan Gluck and Ann Parentean
Spanish Lyrics by Aaron González
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Tarantino Favorite
14 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Hard to believe, but this Roy Rogers vehicle is one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies. It was directed by prolific B-movie/serial specialist, William Witney, and co-stars Dale Evans and Trigger, "The Smartest Horse in the Movies." The storyline revolves around a diamond smuggling operation in which Trigger is enlisted to replace the stallion of the title when she goes missing. Trigger was separated from Rogers in the first place when he took the fall for his "best friend" following a (false) accusation of murder. Had he not done so, Trigger would have been killed in an instant. Along the way, Rogers and Evans pitch a little woo, the bad guys are outsmarted and Trigger and the stallion produce a foal, Trigger Jr. (star of an eponymous sequel released in 1950).

In the New York Times article, "Watching Movies With Quentin Tarantino" (9/15/00), he discusses the film in depth, finding the relationship between Rogers and Trigger particularly moving: "You know, in some movies, a cowboy might go to jail to save his best friend from being shot down dead. Well, Trigger is Roy's best friend. It's the easiest leap to have him do that here, yet it's so powerful and so unexpected. What's great is that you buy it, you absolutely buy it, and I don't know that I really would buy it from anybody else but Roy and Trigger."

It should be noted that "The Golden Stallion" is one of Rogers' more "mature" efforts, and that it's more of a drama than a musical. Although it doesn't seem to have much in common with his own work, Tarantino fanatics are sure to want to check it out to see why he holds Witney -- along with Rogers, Evans and Trigger -- in such high esteem (see also "The Eyes of Texas" from 1948).


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