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Susanna Pass (1949)

Approved | | Western | 29 April 1949 (USA)
The bad guys dynamite a fish hatchery. They're trying to put the hatchery out of business so they can get possession of oil underneath the lake. Roy is a game warden investigating the dynamiting.


William Witney




Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger - Roy's Horse
Dale Evans ... Kay 'Doc' Parker
Estelita Rodriguez Estelita Rodriguez ... Rita
Martin Garralaga ... Carlos
Robert Emmett Keane ... Martin Masters, Newspaper Editor
Lucien Littlefield ... Russell Masters
Douglas Fowley ... Roberts aka Walter P. Johnson
David Sharpe ... Henchman Vince
Robert Bice ... Bob Oliver
Foy Willing Foy Willing ... Foy - Guitar Player
Riders of the Purple Sage Riders of the Purple Sage ... Forest Ranger Musicians


Game Warden Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers) finds the remains of a slaughtered fawn which has been killed by two prison escapees, Bob Oliver (Robert Bice) and Del Roberts (Douglas Fowley.) He finds the sheriff of Susanna Pass is sick and has to take on the task of tracking them down himself, and gets more hindrance than help from ex-bullfighter Carlos Mendoza (Martin Garralaga) and his daughter Rita (Estelita Rodriguez.) Roy checks with local newspaper owner Martin Masters (Robert Emmett Keane)who professes ignorance of the whereabouts of the hunted men, though he is actually in cahoots with Roberts. The latter shows up after Roy leaves and tells Masters he has knifed Bob and left him for dead in the woods. The two have a scheme for dynamiting the lake and hatchery property for the oil underneath, and disposing of the property owner Russell Masters (Francis Ford), Martin's brother, and taking title of the property. At the inquest, after the murder of Russell, Martin is surprised to find that ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The King and Queen of Westerns TOGETHER AGAIN... in TRUCOLOR!




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[last lines]
Roy Rogers: Work done by hatcheries like this doesn't just mean restocking lakes and streams, it means that sportsmen and the youth of America will have a chance to get away from crowded cities and their troubles, go fighin', and enjoy the privileges our forefathers had. So, good luck to ya, Doc!
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A Good, Good Mornin'
Written by Sid Robin and Foy Willing
Sung by Roy Rogers with Foy Willing and The Riders of the Purple Sage
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Far less western than a usual Roy Rogers flick.
24 October 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The version of "Susanna Pass" was, fortunately, the complete film. Many of Roy Rogers' films were hacked to pieces to make them fit television time slots...and fortunately this one is intact. It also is in TruColor...a color process that is NOT true color. Instead of the more expensive Three-Color Technicolor, TruColor and Cinecolor were much cheaper alternatives. So why didn't most films use TruColor or CInecolor since they cost about as much as black & white film? Well, both are two-color processes....made up of blends of orange-red and green-blue....and create a limited color palate. Additionally, both systems tended to fade or become very orangy or muddy over time....and so the copy of "Susanna Pass" is, not surprisingly, very faded and offers a print that looks more brown or sepia.

The story begins with a couple prisoners who have escaped from prison. The meaner one decides to go it alone....and he takes out his 'friend'. Obviously, this guy is seriously kindness-impaired! And soon, he goes into business with a local newspaper man...a man who is also seriously kindness-impaired as well!

This is a very unusual Roy Rogers film. Of course there's the escaped prisoner, but the film also features Roy as a game warden and is all about a reservoir filled with fish from a local fish hatchery! Additionally, instead of the usual sidekicks like Gabby Hayes or Andy Devine, this one features two Mexican-Americans as comic relief (they are NOT particularly welcome). And, Dale plays an ichthyologist...a woman with a doctorate in fish! All in all, a rather strange collection of plot points...and a film less like a western and more like a crime film. In fact, aside from the cowboy hats, there really isn't much western about this one. This isn't a complaint....just an observation about the usual story.

So is it any good? Yes. While it's far from great, I do appreciate the change of pace and much about the story is original. Well worth seeing.

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Release Date:

29 April 1949 (USA) See more »

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El misterio del lago See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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