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Trigger, Jr. (1950)

Passed | | Western | 30 June 1950 (USA)
Evil Grant Withers lets a killer horse loose to ruin valuable horses on nearby ranches. He hopes to shake down the ranchers for his "protection". Roy tracks down the bad guys, but is ... See full summary »

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William Witney

Writer:

Gerald Geraghty
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger - The Smartest Horse in the Movies
Dale Evans ... Kay Harkrider
Pat Brady ... Sparrow Biffle
Gordon Jones ... Splinters
Grant Withers ... Manson
Peter Miles Peter Miles ... Larry Harkrider
George Cleveland ... Colonel Harkrider
Frank Fenton ... Sheriff
I. Stanford Jolley ... Doc Brown
Stanley Andrews ... Rancher Wilkins
Raynor Lehr Circus Raynor Lehr Circus ... Circus Performers
Foy Willing Foy Willing ... Foy
Riders of the Purple Sage Riders of the Purple Sage ... Rogers' Riders
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Storyline

Evil Grant Withers lets a killer horse loose to ruin valuable horses on nearby ranches. He hopes to shake down the ranchers for his "protection". Roy tracks down the bad guys, but is suddenly trapped by them. Peter Miles, a boy terrified of horses, overcomes his fear and rides for help to save the day. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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All-Star Big Top Thrills... as you have never seen them before!

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Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vida de Circo See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Stampede
(uncredited)
Written by Darol Rice and Foy Willing
Performed by Roy Rogers and The Riders of the Purple Sage
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Trigger&Son versus The Phantom
28 August 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Trigger, Jr. finds Roy Rogers heading a traveling circus that is looking to put up at Dale Evans ranch for winter quarters. Unfortunately her father George Cleveland owns the place and he's an old circus man himself who's sworn off the sawdust. Still he lets them stay for a bit.

Turns out he needs Roy around because he's in a battle with Grant Withers of the Range Patrol. Withers has himself a real nice protection racket going. Those ranches who don't employ him somehow keep losing their stock.

Withers during the course of the film employs the services of a killer white stallion that was a former army horse that the army ordered destroyed. Trigger tangles with the horse they call the Phantom and is injured and has hysterical blindness in their first encounter. Guess who wins the return bout. Here's a hint, think Louis and Schmeling.

Roy and Dale really do take a back seat to Trigger and his problems in this film. They do however get to sing a very nice duet entitled May the Good Lord Take A Liking To You which sold a few records back in the day. I have it on one of my old record albums. Roy did all right in the recording field, but never was a blockbuster best seller the way his singing cowboy rival Gene Autry was.

It's not a bad film, but Trigger really should have been billed first.


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