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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 »


William Witney


Sloan Nibley (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger - Roy's Horse
Dale Evans ... Stormy Billings
Estelita Rodriguez Estelita Rodriguez ... Pepé Valdez
Pat Brady ... Sparrow Biffle
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Jeff Middleton, Owner of Oro City Hotel
Frank Fenton ... Oro City Sheriff
Greg McClure ... Henchman Ben
Dale Van Sickel ... Henchman Ed Hart
Clarence Straight Clarence Straight ... Bartender Spud
Jack Sparks Jack Sparks ... Guard
Chester Conklin ... Old Man
Foy Willing Foy Willing ... Foy
Riders of the Purple Sage Riders of the Purple Sage ... Musicians


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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Release Date:

15 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cavalgada do Ouro 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?


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »


There's Always Time For A Song
Written by Sid Robin and Foy Willing
Performed by Roy Rogers and The Riders of the Purple Sage
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We're Talking Trigger here, not Mister Ed
28 August 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In The Golden Stallion some diamond smugglers have discovered a really clever way to practice their trade. They use a specially constructed horseshoe and send one of their horses in with a wild herd that goes back and forth across the border from Mexico to the states. Of course you need a good leader for these horses and in this case it's a palomino mare.

But those plans go up the spout when the mare catches sight of Trigger. That little horse romance throws quite a kink into their plans. Also some humans in the person of Dale Evans and her friend Estelita Rodriguez who take over a ranch with their horse trainer Roy Rogers. They'd like to capture the wild herd and break them.

Through a combination of circumstances, Trigger gets accused of murdering one of the bad guys and since he's not Mister Ed, he can't speak up for himself. Roy sacrifices his own freedom and takes a manslaughter rap to save his beloved horse. I'm not sure he'd do the same for Dale.

Though I'm being somewhat flip in my comments The Golden Stallion is rather touching in terms of Roy's devotion to his best friend. I'm sure Roy's legion of young fans had a special place of affection for The Golden Stallion among his films.

This film might have been the first appearance of Pat Brady with his cantankerous jeep Nellybelle that had its own personality. Watching Roy's half hour television show in the fifties, I well remember Pat and Nellybelle and how that jeep always let him down at a crucial moment.

The Golden Stallion does rank as one of the better of Roy Rogers features for Republic. It's heartwarming and touching if just a tad unreal.

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