The Great American Western, Vol. 33: Roy Rogers [DVD]

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    Overview

    Special Features


    • Digitally mastered
    • Interactive menus
    • Scene access
    • Digitally enhanced audio 5.1

    Synopsis


    Idaho
    At 70 minutes, the Roy Rogers musical western Idaho was packaged and promoted as a "special", rather than just another B-flick. The story concerns the efforts by kindly judge Grey (Harry Shannon) to establish a "Boy's Town"-style establishment for wayward youngsters. The judge is opposed by gambling-house proprietress Belle Bonner (Ona Munson), who is a prositute in everything but name. Belle hopes to discredit Grey by revealing the judge's criminal record, but state ranger Roy Rogers comes to the rescue. The climax finds Rogers, heroine Terry Grey (Virginia Grey) and the ex-delinquent kids (played by members of the Robert Mitchell Boy Choir) capturing Belle's bandit gang. Gabby Hayes, Roy Rogers' former sidekick, is conspicuous by his absence in Idaho; Hayes was replaced on this occasion by the ubiquitous Smiley Burnette, as always cast as "Froggy Millhouse." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Arizona Kid
    In this western, Roy Rogers rides out to stop angry Confederate terrorists from harassing Missouri residents because they voted to side with the Union. Roy plays a Confederate captain who is faced with a difficult situation when he is ordered to execute his best friend, one of the terrorists. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi

    In Old Cheyenne
    In Old Cheyenne is where the viewer can find Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes this time out. Rogers is cast as frontier journalist Steve Blane, determined to print the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in his weekly rag. But when Steve inaugurates a series of articles about alleged bandit Arapahoe Brown (Hayes), he finds he's been misled: Arapahoe is innocent of the crimes attributed to him. The instigator of this outrage is town boss Sam Drummond (George Rosener), who hopes to use Brown as a scapegoat for his own misdeeds. Steve manages to show Drummond up as the no-good he is, pausing every so often to serenade heroine Dolores Casino (Joan Woodbury) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Ridin' Down the Canyon
    Roy Rogers takes on crooked wartime profiteeers in the musical western Ridin' Down the Canyon. Posing as solid citizens, the crooks spend their evening hours stealing horses from local ranchers, then selling the steeds to the government at exorbitant prices. The head of the bad guys runs a dude ranch where Rogers and his pals (The Sons of the Pioneers) are employed. When Rogers figures out what's what, he sets about to bring the rustlers to justice. There's some piquancy in the fact that the character played by juvenile actor Buzzy Henry is named Bobby Blake; within a few years, the real Bobby Blake (who later grew up to become Robert Blake) would be appearing as Little Beaver in Republic's "Red Ryder" western series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Roy Rogers
      Roy Rogers - Roy
    • Smiley Burnette
      Smiley Burnette - Frog Millhouse
    • Virginia Grey
      Virginia Grey - Terry
    • Harry Shannon
      Harry Shannon - Judge Grey
    • Ona Munson
      Ona Munson - Belle Bonner



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