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Trail of Robin Hood (1950)

Passed | | Musical, Western | 15 December 1950 (USA)
Retired actor Jack Holt is raising Christmas trees for sale at a cost which permits every family to have one. A commercial tree company tries to drive Holt out of business. Roy saves the day, of course.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger The Smartest Horse in the West
Penny Edwards ... Toby Aldridge
Gordon Jones ... Splinters McGonigle
Rex Allen ... Rex Allen The Arizona Cowboy
Allan Lane ... Rocky Lane (as Allan 'Rocky' Lane)
Monte Hale ... Monte Hale
William Farnum ... Bill Franum
Tom Tyler ... Tom Tyler
Ray Corrigan ... Crash Corrigan
Kermit Maynard ... Kermit Maynard
Tom Keene ... Tom Keene
Jack Holt ... Jack Holt
Emory Parnell ... J. Corwin Aldridge
Clifton Young Clifton Young ... Mitch McCall


J. C. Aldridge is out to corner the Christman tree market and has bought out all of his competitors except retired movie star Jack Holt. Unknown to Aldridge his foreman has his men sabotaging Holt's operation so he will be able to sell trees at at a high price and then flee with the money double-crossing his boss. When there is a murder Aldridge arrives to investigate and, unknown to his men, takes a job as a tree cutter. Meanwhile, Roy is fighting to help Holt get his trees to market. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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Musical | Western


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Release Date:

15 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboys em Desfile 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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Roy's daughter in the cast
15 December 2007 | by frontrowkid2002See all my reviews

In one scene, Jack Holt is besieged by a bunch of youngsters who want his autograph. Holt chuckles and says that he was making movies long before any one of them were born. One girl answers, "We know, but we see them on television." At that, Holt chuckles and begins to sign autographs. Oddly enough, this film was shot at a time when even the word "television" was verboten. Rogers had not started his television series yet. The film's locale in a small western town makes it unlikely that any of these children would have a television set. Since Holt's westerns were mostly silent versions of Zane Grey stories, it is doubtful that they would have been shown on television. Cheryl Rogers, Roy and Dale's oldest girl (then age 9) is shown in the scene. The title "Trail of Robin Hood" may not make sense if you are looking for the character of Robin Hood. The idea of a Good Samaritan willing to make Christmas happier for poor children with a Christmas tree is expressed by Jack Holt (who is the Robin Hood figure). Also, Republic westerns were not to be taken seriously, They were pure entertainment designed to entertain kids on a Saturday afternoon. For a dime, you got two westerns, coming attractions, a comedy or cartoon, newsreel and of course a serial. About five hours of entertainment for a dime. You can't get that kind of a bargain anymore.

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