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South of Caliente (1951)

Passed | | Action, Music, Western | 15 October 1951 (USA)
Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), owner of a transportation service for moving race horses from track to track, prepares to take a number of thoroughbreds to the Pan American fair races at Monterey.... See full summary »

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Eric Taylor
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Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
Dale Evans ... Doris Stewart
Pinky Lee Pinky Lee ... Pinky
Douglas Fowley ... Dave Norris
Ric Roman ... Josef
Leonard Penn ... Mexican Captain
Willie Best ... Willie, Stable Boy
Lillian Molieri ... Gypsy Dancer
Charlita Charlita ... Rosina, Fortune Teller
Pat Brady ... Pat Brady
Frank Richards ... Studsy Denning
Roy Rogers Riders Roy Rogers Riders ... Musicians
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Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), owner of a transportation service for moving race horses from track to track, prepares to take a number of thoroughbreds to the Pan American fair races at Monterey. Among them is "Dancing Girl", a fine mare owned by Doris Stewart (Dale Evans), who is being forced to sell the horse in order to keep her ranch. Doris and her trainer, Dave Norris ('Douglas FOwley'), accompany Roy and his outfit to the border at Caliente, where they are approached by Rosina (Charlita), a young gypsy fortune teller who begs Roy not to continue the trip. After crossing the border, Roy and his men are attacked by masked bandits, the horses are stolen and the stable boy is murdered. Accompanied by Doris and his sidekick Pinky (Pinky Lee) and the a Mexican Commandante, Roy goes to the gypsy camp to find Rosita. She is not there but Roy spots the stolen thoroughbreds hidden among a herd of wild horses near the camp. He also finds the dead body of a horse that appears to be "Dancing Girl.... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Roy Makes The Thrills Fly! WHEN RACKETEERS USE OUTLAW VIOLENCE TO GRAB THE GREAT PAN-AMERICAN SWEESTAKES! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Music | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Sul de Caliente See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although he would make some later television appearances, this would be the last feature film for character actor Willie Best. See more »

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Gypsy Trail
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Horse With A Mission
17 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

South Of Caliente has Roy Rogers cast as a man who has a horse transport business and in this film he does business with Dale Evans who has a declining stable of thoroughbred horses. To meet payroll and expenses Dale is selling her prize mare Miss Glory whose a fast horse and has a come hither glance that gets Trigger's mojo going.

What she doesn't know is that there's a scheme afoot to hijack Roy's truck and kidnap Miss Glory for any number nefarious schemes. The leaders are her own foreman Douglas Fowley, neighbor Frank Richards, and gypsy Ric Roman with various members of his tribe for the grunt work.

It all goes off successfully unfortunately stable boy Willie Best in his farewell big screen performance is killed defending the thoroughbred. Willie Best has not come down with the best reputation for some of the roles he did in his prime, but I have to say here that his attempted defense and homicide being killed because he could have identified Dale's betrayers was a touching scene.

Also killed is Charlita who made a number of appearances in Roy Rogers Republic features. She plays a gypsy fortune teller who tries to warn Roy about her tribe leader's plans and pays with her life.

Playing the official sidekick part is Pinky Lee and the former burlesque comedian and future children's show host was maybe the worst sidekick Roy ever had. What possessed Republic to cast him as western sidekick God only knows, but he just doesn't cut it in the part.

Featured here in this film really earning his billing is Trigger. Always billed as 'the smartest horse in the movies' Trigger could easily have added most romantic in the movies. Nothing was going to keep him from his lady love, not bandits, not international borders, nothing I say. Trigger was a horse with a mission.

No really good songs come from South Of Caliente, but lots of action to be sure for the Saturday matinée kids who would soon be seeing Roy on the small screen.


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