Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944)

78 mins | Western | 6 November 1944

Director:

Frank McDonald

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Ralph Dixon

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Modern sources include Jack Kirk in the ... More Less

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Nov 1944.
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Daily Variety
1 Nov 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Dec 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 44
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jul 44
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 44
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Jul 44
p. 1994.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Nov 44
p. 2173.
Variety
8 Nov 44
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec, eff and mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Transparency projection shots
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Lights of Old Santa Fe" and "The Nerve of Some People," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott
"Trigger Hasn't Got a Pretty Figger," "I'm a Happy Guy in My Levi Britches," "Cowpoke Polka," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Ride 'Em Cowboy," music by Roy Rogers, lyrics by Tim Spencer
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SONGS
"Lights of Old Santa Fe" and "The Nerve of Some People," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott
"Trigger Hasn't Got a Pretty Figger," "I'm a Happy Guy in My Levi Britches," "Cowpoke Polka," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Ride 'Em Cowboy," music by Roy Rogers, lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Amor," music by Gabriel Ruiz, Spanish lyrics by Ricardo Lopez Mendez, English lyrics by Sunny Skylar
"Cowboy Jubilee," music and lyrics by Ken Carson.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
6 November 1944
Production Date:
16254
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 October 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12999
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
6,985
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10334
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Gabby Whittaker, the manager of an old rodeo company, tries to hide its dire financial predicament from Marjorie Brooks, the daughter of the late owner. Marjorie, who has been away at college and is now assuming control of the company, is unaware that entertainment booker Bill Wetherbee has told Gabby that he can only book their old-fashioned show for the state fair. Wetherbee also informs Gabby that Frank Madden, their chief competitor and Marjorie's suitor, has hired Roy Rogers and The Sons of the Pioneers, wandering cowpokes and singers who recently performed at a party hosted by Marjorie. When Roy and his pals discover that Madden intends to use them only as singers, however, they quit, for they want to ride, rope and shoot with the regular rodeo performers. Roy visits Gabby at the Brooks ranch, where Gabby, impressed by Roy's trained horse, Trigger, hires Roy and his friends for his rodeo. Marjorie is skeptical of the cowboys' abilities, but Gabby enthusiastically tells her that they can build a new show around Trigger. Madden, whose influence with Wetherbee is responsible for the lack of bookings for the Brooks rodeo, informs Marjorie of her true financial situation, and she agrees to marry him and merge the rodeos. When Gabby announces that they have been booked for a show in Albuquerque, however, Marjorie agrees to let him have one last chance before she merges with Madden. Determined to foil Gabby and Roy's plan to preserve the Brooks Rodeo, Madden sends his henchman, Ken Ferguson, to their campsite when they travel to Albuquerque. Ferguson sets fire to their equipment and attempts to steal Trigger, but the ... +


Gabby Whittaker, the manager of an old rodeo company, tries to hide its dire financial predicament from Marjorie Brooks, the daughter of the late owner. Marjorie, who has been away at college and is now assuming control of the company, is unaware that entertainment booker Bill Wetherbee has told Gabby that he can only book their old-fashioned show for the state fair. Wetherbee also informs Gabby that Frank Madden, their chief competitor and Marjorie's suitor, has hired Roy Rogers and The Sons of the Pioneers, wandering cowpokes and singers who recently performed at a party hosted by Marjorie. When Roy and his pals discover that Madden intends to use them only as singers, however, they quit, for they want to ride, rope and shoot with the regular rodeo performers. Roy visits Gabby at the Brooks ranch, where Gabby, impressed by Roy's trained horse, Trigger, hires Roy and his friends for his rodeo. Marjorie is skeptical of the cowboys' abilities, but Gabby enthusiastically tells her that they can build a new show around Trigger. Madden, whose influence with Wetherbee is responsible for the lack of bookings for the Brooks rodeo, informs Marjorie of her true financial situation, and she agrees to marry him and merge the rodeos. When Gabby announces that they have been booked for a show in Albuquerque, however, Marjorie agrees to let him have one last chance before she merges with Madden. Determined to foil Gabby and Roy's plan to preserve the Brooks Rodeo, Madden sends his henchman, Ken Ferguson, to their campsite when they travel to Albuquerque. Ferguson sets fire to their equipment and attempts to steal Trigger, but the horse escapes with Ferguson's rawhide lariat around his neck. Gabby is injured during the ruckus, and the group is unable to reach Albuquerque for the next day's show. Gabby convinces his friend, radio performer Marty Maizely, to help them, however, and by using a radio broadcast of the show, they trick Marjorie into believing that the Albuquerque date was successful. Marjorie is excited about the rodeo's prospects now and has hopes of playing Madison Square Garden, whose agent is scheduled to attend the state fair, but when Wetherbee tells her the truth about the fake broadcast, she decides to merge with Madden after all. Gabby is heartbroken, but the situation turns again when Roy discovers that Ferguson is the owner of the rawhide lariat and is able to prove that Madden is behind their troubles. Roy stops Madden and Marjorie's wedding and exposes Madden's duplicity, and soon after, Marjorie leaves the audience of the state fair show to join Roy as he sings for the appreciative crowd. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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