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Rodeo King and the Senorita (1951)

Approved | | Western | 15 July 1951 (USA)
Lacey is after the profits of the Foster and Morales rodeo show. He has Morales killed during a stunt and then forces Foster to take him on as a silent partner. When Rex Allen joins the ... See full summary »


Philip Ford


John K. Butler




Complete credited cast:
Rex Allen ... Rex Allen
Koko ... Koko - Rex's Horse
Mary Ellen Kay ... Janet Wells
Buddy Ebsen ... Muscles Benton
Roy Barcroft ... Steve Lacey
Tristram Coffin ... Jack Foster
Bonnie DeSimone Bonnie DeSimone ... Juanita Morales
Don Beddoe ... Mr. Richards
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Sands
Harry Harvey ... Doc Bailey
Rory Mallinson ... Sheriff Baxter
Joseph Forte Joseph Forte ... Dr. Teal (as Joe Forte)
Buff Brady Buff Brady ... Pablo Morales


Lacey is after the profits of the Foster and Morales rodeo show. He has Morales killed during a stunt and then forces Foster to take him on as a silent partner. When Rex Allen joins the show, Lacey tries to get rid of him also. But Rex survives and now believes Morales' accident may have been murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

15 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Rei do Rodeio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Koko breaks some hearts
12 February 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If there was ever any doubt in my mind that Rex Allen was using material originally meant for Roy Rogers it was settled in this film. Allen's horse Koko takes center stage here and with Mary Allen Kay as his ersatz Dale Evans leading lady, no way this was not meant for Roy.

Rex and Koko together with sidekick Buddy Ebsen are hired by Tris Coffin who is running half of a wild west show. Rex is taking the place of Coffin's former partner Buff Brady who was killed while trying a jump on a Roman style team of horses. What no one knows is that fellow rodeo performer Roy Barcroft sabotaged the harness with a little acid. And Coffin accepts him as a silent partner.

Ironically Roy Barcroft who usually plays crafty villains in a Gazillion westerns is really a rather stupid and jealous man here. Coffin might never have even been suspected of villainy on his own had he been able to put a muzzle on Barcroft. But Barcroft was jealous of Brady and now he's jealous of Allen and his horse Koko.

Also wanting Koko is Brady's daughter Bonnie DeSimone who is about 10 years old and has inherited her father's end of the partnership. Coffin though is cheating her out of her end of things.

Mary Ellen Kay who was being groomed as another Dale Evans by Republic Pictures Herbert J. Yates is DeSimone's guardian. She and Rex make some beautiful music singing and not singing. And the little girl falls in love with Koko after Barcroft injures him and she nurses him back to health. Rex almost gives him up and I can't Roy Rogers doing that with Trigger under any circumstances.

Rodeo King And The Seniorita is a pleasant enough Rex Allen western. But I also can't figure out why no investigation into Brady's death was done as a matter of routine.

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