Bells of Rosarita (1945)

68 mins | Western | 19 June 1945

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writer:

Jack Townley

Cinematographer:

Ernest Miller

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

Hilyard Brown

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Duke Taylor, Harvey Parry, Duke Green, Cactus Mack, Frank McDonald, Frank McCarroll, Jack Richardson, Ted Adams, Wally West, and Gil ... More Less

Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Duke Taylor, Harvey Parry, Duke Green, Cactus Mack, Frank McDonald, Frank McCarroll, Jack Richardson, Ted Adams, Wally West, and Gil Perkins. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
26 May 1945.
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Daily Variety
14 May 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 May 45
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 44
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jan 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jan 45
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 45
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Apr 45
p. 2403.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
19 May 45
p. 2453.
Variety
16 May 45
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
Re-rec, eff and mus mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Transparencies
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Bells of Rosarita," words and music by Jack Elliott
"Michael Finnegan," arranged by Robert Mitchell
"Bugler's Lullaby," words by Betty Best, music by Robert Mitchell
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SONGS
"Bells of Rosarita," words and music by Jack Elliott
"Michael Finnegan," arranged by Robert Mitchell
"Bugler's Lullaby," words by Betty Best, music by Robert Mitchell
"Gonna Build a Big Fence Around Texas," words and music by George Olsen, Katherine Phillips and Cliff Friend
"Under a Blanket of Blue," words by Marty Symes and Al J. Neiburg, music by Jerry Livingston
"Singin' Down the Road," words by Charlie Tobias, music by Raymond Scott
"When the Circus Came to Town," words and music by Jimmy Eaton, Julian Kay and Terry Shand
"Trail Herdin' Cowboy," words and music by Bob Nolan
"Aloha," composers undetermined.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
19 June 1945
Production Date:
began mid January 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 May 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13321
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in feet):
6,113
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
10738
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At Slim Phillips' carnival, Gabby Whittaker and circus owner Sue Farnum meet Slim, who is Sue's late father's old partner, and ask him for help. A man named Ripley is claiming that Sue's father owed him money and if she does not repay the debt, he will sell the circus and her California ranch. Slim remembers that Farnum paid the debt and he and his daughter Patty, who is enamored of the California movie culture, accompany Sue and Gabby back to the ranch to find the receipt for the payment. On the way home from the train, gun-wielding bandits and cowboys roar past their car, and Patty is thrilled to learn that they have stumbled onto a Roy Rogers movie set. Roy, finding Sue attractive, apologizes and invites them to a barbecue that night. At the barbecue, some men kidnap Slim and disable the actors' cars, so Roy tries to follow on his horse, Trigger, but cannot catch them. Later, when Sheriff Tom arrives and Sue tells him that she suspects Ripley, they find Gabby in the closet, tied up but unharmed. Roy is about to leave until the children who live on the ranch tell him that Sue's business is in jeopardy. Although Roy's friend Bob tells the children that Roy is only a hero in the movies, Roy agrees to stay and help. He suggests to Sue that they put on a circus to make enough money to repay Ripley, and when she says that they need big attractions for that, Roy agrees to supply the spectacle. The next day, the whole film cast and crew parades through town with a sign proclaiming that Republic's western stars ... +


At Slim Phillips' carnival, Gabby Whittaker and circus owner Sue Farnum meet Slim, who is Sue's late father's old partner, and ask him for help. A man named Ripley is claiming that Sue's father owed him money and if she does not repay the debt, he will sell the circus and her California ranch. Slim remembers that Farnum paid the debt and he and his daughter Patty, who is enamored of the California movie culture, accompany Sue and Gabby back to the ranch to find the receipt for the payment. On the way home from the train, gun-wielding bandits and cowboys roar past their car, and Patty is thrilled to learn that they have stumbled onto a Roy Rogers movie set. Roy, finding Sue attractive, apologizes and invites them to a barbecue that night. At the barbecue, some men kidnap Slim and disable the actors' cars, so Roy tries to follow on his horse, Trigger, but cannot catch them. Later, when Sheriff Tom arrives and Sue tells him that she suspects Ripley, they find Gabby in the closet, tied up but unharmed. Roy is about to leave until the children who live on the ranch tell him that Sue's business is in jeopardy. Although Roy's friend Bob tells the children that Roy is only a hero in the movies, Roy agrees to stay and help. He suggests to Sue that they put on a circus to make enough money to repay Ripley, and when she says that they need big attractions for that, Roy agrees to supply the spectacle. The next day, the whole film cast and crew parades through town with a sign proclaiming that Republic's western stars Roy Rogers, Wild Bill Elliott, Allan Lane, Donald Barry, Robert Livingston and Sunset Carson will be at the show for one night only. Later that day, Ripley and his henchman Maxwell break into the ranch looking for the receipt. When Roy, Gabby and Bob see them and realize they are up to no good, Roy distracts them while Gabby tricks Bob into letting him climb into the trunk of their car in order to eavesdrop. Miles away, the men park and the car rolls down a hill with Gabby still in the trunk. He escapes unhurt but does not hear any of Ripley's plans. Back home, Gabby remembers rolling down a hill and surmises he must have been at the old dry wash, so Roy, Gabby and Bob go there to pick up the car's trail. They find tracks and, following a skunk scent Gabby recalls, arrive at an abandoned mine shaft, where they are promptly shot at by Ripley's men, who are guarding Slim. Roy, not wanting to shoot inside for fear of harming Slim, fires his gun at the chimney, causing the shack to fill with smoke. The men are then forced to surrender but do not reveal Ripley's involvement. Meanwhile, Maxwell tells Ripley that he overheard Slim tell Sue the receipt is in the bank. When the circus begins, Ripley and his men steal the receipt and run away. Roy and the rest of the Republic heroes then leave the circus and chase after Ripley's men, and after all are captured, Roy finds the stolen receipt in Ripley's jacket. The stars then turn the men over to the sheriff and return to the circus for the big finale. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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