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Bells of Coronado (1950)

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Roy is an insurance investigator looking into the theft of uranium ore. He must prevent the thieves from taking off in a plane with the stolen ore.


William Witney


Sloan Nibley





Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Roy's Horse
Dale Evans ... Pam Reynolds
Pat Brady ... Sparrow Biffle
Grant Withers ... Craig Bennett
Leo Cleary Leo Cleary ... Dr. Frank Harding
Clifton Young Clifton Young ... Ross
Robert Bice ... Jim Russell
Stuart Randall ... Sheriff
John Hamilton ... Mr. Linden, Insurance Company Official
Edmund Cobb ... Rafferty
Eddie Lee Eddie Lee ... Shanghai, the Cook
Rex Lease ... Shipping Company Foreman
Lane Bradford ... Shipping Smuggler
Foy Willing Foy Willing ... Foy


Mine owner George Perez, transporting a load of uranium, is ambushed and left for dead after a fall over a cliff. Badly hurt, he makes his way to town doctor Frank Harding (Leo Cleary), secretly the boss of the outlaw gang working with a foreign government to steal the uranium,who poisons him and passes his death off as the result of an accident. The mine passes into the hands of rancher/businessman Craig Bennett, who makes a claim for the Uranium loss and the company sends Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers) to investigate. He comes to Coronado posing as a cowhand looking for work and gets a job as a member of a line crew that includes Foy Willing (Foy Willing) and the Riders of the Purple Sage(Darol Rice, Al Sloey and George Bamby)working for Bennett's Coronado Power and Light Company. Roy also runs into an old friend, Sparrow Biffle (Pat Brady), who is a helper to Bennett's secretary Pam Reynolds (Dale Evans.) Just as Roy has uncovered evidence linking Dr. Harding, henchman Ross (Clifton Young... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Atomic Thrills... Hit the saddle with Roy and the gang... On the trail of Uranium smugglers!


Thriller | Western


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Release Date:

8 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campanas de Coronado 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


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Featured in My Voyage to Italy (1999) See more »


Bells of Coronado
Written by Sid Robin and Foy Willing
Spanish Lyrics by Aaron González
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Another Roy Rogers ersatz western.
29 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Bells of Coronado" is a rarity--a full-color Roy Rogers film. This is probably the case because it's one of Roy's later movies--and his popularity was at its peak and color film a little less costly than it had been in the 1940s. However, aside from the use of color and an absence of the usual sidekicks like Gabby Hayes, Andy Devine or Smiley Burnett (in this case, it's a lesser-known and less goofy Pat Brady), the film is very much like a typical Roy Rogers 'western'. In other words, aside from Roy and the rest riding about on horses out west, the film really is NOT a western but a modern ersatz cowboy film. Think about it--how many westerns have plots about stolen uranium and feature bad guys trying to escape by airplane?!

So is everything exactly like his other films? Well, close, but not exactly. Dale appears as usual but she sports brown hair and isn't annoying or stupid (a role they usually had her play). Also, unlike most Rogers films in the public domain, this version has not been trimmed down for a one-hour TV slot and its running time is about 67 minutes.

Overall, the film is very ordinary for a Rogers film, though with a little less music and a feeling that you've really seen this sort of thing several times before--which is true if you've seen many Roy Rogers films. It's entertaining but certainly won't tax your brain or leave a lasting impression. Thoroughly adequate with little to distinguish it one way or the other.

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