Man from Oklahoma (1945)

68-69 mins | Western | 1 August 1945

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writer:

John K. Butler

Cinematographer:

Bill Bradford

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Fred Ritter

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

A HR news item states that Donald H. Brown was originally hired as associate producer. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Tom London, Horace B. Carpenter, Cactus Mack, Wally West, Bobbie Priest, Dorothy Bailer, Rosamond James, Melva Anstead, Beverly Reedy, and Geraldine ... More Less

A HR news item states that Donald H. Brown was originally hired as associate producer. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Tom London, Horace B. Carpenter, Cactus Mack, Wally West, Bobbie Priest, Dorothy Bailer, Rosamond James, Melva Anstead, Beverly Reedy, and Geraldine Farnum. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Aug 1945.
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Daily Variety
30 Jul 45
p. 3, 21
Film Daily
1 Aug 45
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 45
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 45
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Sep 45
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Apr 45
p. 2418.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Aug 45
p. 2577.
Variety
1 Aug 45
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Transparencies
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"I'm Beginning to See the Light," words and music by Harry James, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and Don George
"Skies Are Bluer," words and music by Sanford Green and June Carroll
"Draggin' the Wagon" and "Cherro, Cherro, Cherrokee," words and music by Gordon Forster
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SONGS
"I'm Beginning to See the Light," words and music by Harry James, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and Don George
"Skies Are Bluer," words and music by Sanford Green and June Carroll
"Draggin' the Wagon" and "Cherro, Cherro, Cherrokee," words and music by Gordon Forster
"I'm Gonna Have a Cowboy Wedding," words and music by Nat Vincent and Milo Sweet
"Prairie Mary," words and music by Abel Baer and Charles Tobias
"The Martins and the Coys," words and music by Ted Weems and Al Cameron
"For You and Me," words and music by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1 August 1945
Production Date:
5 Mar--27 Mar 1945
Copyright Claimants:
Republic Pictures Corp. Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Dates:
12 July 1945 2 August 1945
Copyright Numbers:
LP13378 LP13484
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68-69
Length(in feet):
6,145
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10856
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In New York, Roy Rogers and The Sons of the Pioneers rehearse for record company executive J. J. Cardigan and his assistant, Vera Graham. Cardigan signs them for a big contract but Roy soon realizes that the crooked executive has taken all their money. Soon after, a telegram arrives announcing that their old friend Gabby Whittaker has had a stroke and that they must return to their ranch in Oklahoma immediately. Desperate for money, the boys turn to singer Peggy Lane, whose family has had a long-running feud with the Whittakers. Peggy reluctantly lends them the money, but is furious when afterward she receives a telegram stating that the feud is in full swing and that she must rush home. In Oklahoma, the town is readying for the annual celebration of the Oklahoma Land Rush. At Gabby's, Roy discovers that the old man is not really sick but tricked the boys into coming because he thinks the Lanes are stealing the Whittaker horses. When Roy and Gabby find a Whittaker horse on Lane property and confront the Lanes, Grandma Lane and Peggy see that Gabby is healthy and shoot at them. On the way home they pass a camp that Gabby says Jim Gardner recently bought after he discovered water on the land. After Gardner's men refuse them water, Roy buys water from Little Bird-on-the-wing, who reveals that her new husband, Chief Red Feather, has struck oil nearby and that she sells water to Gardner. Suspicious, Roy sneaks back to Gardener's camp and finds oil in his water tanks. On the day of the celebration's big final event, the wagon race, both Grandma and Gabby offer up as prizes ... +


In New York, Roy Rogers and The Sons of the Pioneers rehearse for record company executive J. J. Cardigan and his assistant, Vera Graham. Cardigan signs them for a big contract but Roy soon realizes that the crooked executive has taken all their money. Soon after, a telegram arrives announcing that their old friend Gabby Whittaker has had a stroke and that they must return to their ranch in Oklahoma immediately. Desperate for money, the boys turn to singer Peggy Lane, whose family has had a long-running feud with the Whittakers. Peggy reluctantly lends them the money, but is furious when afterward she receives a telegram stating that the feud is in full swing and that she must rush home. In Oklahoma, the town is readying for the annual celebration of the Oklahoma Land Rush. At Gabby's, Roy discovers that the old man is not really sick but tricked the boys into coming because he thinks the Lanes are stealing the Whittaker horses. When Roy and Gabby find a Whittaker horse on Lane property and confront the Lanes, Grandma Lane and Peggy see that Gabby is healthy and shoot at them. On the way home they pass a camp that Gabby says Jim Gardner recently bought after he discovered water on the land. After Gardner's men refuse them water, Roy buys water from Little Bird-on-the-wing, who reveals that her new husband, Chief Red Feather, has struck oil nearby and that she sells water to Gardner. Suspicious, Roy sneaks back to Gardener's camp and finds oil in his water tanks. On the day of the celebration's big final event, the wagon race, both Grandma and Gabby offer up as prizes their respective halves of a stretch of land called Lone Valley, on which Gardner now resides. Roy rushes in at the last minute to tell Gabby that there is oil on that land, but Gabby realizes it is too late to rescind his offer. The boys then spot Cardigan in town and get back the money he stole in order to repay Peggy. Grandma, however, is still not convinced about the Whittakers' innocence, so Roy tells them to follow him to confront Gardner. Although Gardner denies all knowledge of the oil on his land, Peggy sees it for herself. The Whittakers and Lanes agree to uneasy truce, unaware that Gardner is plotting to stop the fast Whittaker wagons during the race. Gardner burns their wagons, then covers the replacement wagons in gas, causing them to explode when he starts a brush fire at the beginning of the race. The only Whittaker wagon to get out is Gabby's. At the halfway rest stop, Grandma's last remaining driver quits, so Roy offers to drive the Lane wagon and split any winnings between the two families. Just as Roy is about to win the race, Gardner's man climbs onto his wagon and harms it. Gardner wins, but that night at the celebration, a newsreel film of the race is projected, revealing Gardner's treachery. After Roy is proclaimed the winner, he splits the land with the Lanes, and the feud ends. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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