Song of Arizona (1946)

67-68 mins | Western | 9 March 1946

Director:

Frank McDonald

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

Hilyard Brown

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Mar 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Mar 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Nov 45
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 45
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 45
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Dec 45
p. 2779.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Mar 46
p. 2894.
Variety
2013 Mar 1946
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Matte paintings
Transparencies
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Song of Arizona," "Round and Around--The Lariat Song," "Half a Chance Ranch" and "Mr. Spook Steps Out," words and music by Jack Elliott
"Did You Ever Get That Feeling in the Moonlight," words and music by Ira Schuster, Larry Stock and James Cavanaugh
"Will You Be My Darling," words and music by Mary Ann Owens
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SONGS
"Song of Arizona," "Round and Around--The Lariat Song," "Half a Chance Ranch" and "Mr. Spook Steps Out," words and music by Jack Elliott
"Did You Ever Get That Feeling in the Moonlight," words and music by Ira Schuster, Larry Stock and James Cavanaugh
"Will You Be My Darling," words and music by Mary Ann Owens
"Way Out There," words and music by Bob Nolan
"Michael O'Leary, O'Bryan, O'Toole," words and music by Gordon Forster.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
9 March 1946
Production Date:
28 November--mid December 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 March 1946
Copyright Number:
LP215
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67-68
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11417
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

As Gabby Whittaker is being chastised by Lodestone, Arizona banker Dolly Finuccin for not repaying his loan on time, he sees Sheriff J. C. Clark arresting two orphan boys and follows them into the sheriff's office. There, he convinces the sheriff to let him take the boys to his Half a Chance Ranch, a home where orphans learn ranch skills. The next day, Gabby leads a graduation ceremony at the ranch just as the Western movie star Roy Rogers, an ex-graduate, arrives, and when the boys sing Roy a song, only Chip Blaine does not join in. Later, Dolly arrives to tell Gabby that he must pay back $25,000 within one week or she will close the ranch. Out in the barn, meanwhile, two boys spy on King Blaine, an infamous murderer who has come to see his son, Chip, then tell Roy, who confronts Blaine. Against Roy's wishes, Blaine sees Chip and asks him in front of his two henchmen if he still has the money he sent. Just then, the sheriff rides up outside, causing the outlaws to run. When the posse follows them, Blaine is shot, but before he dies he calls for Gabby and gives him a will stipulating that Gabby should receive the profits from a gas station in Kansas City, and that his daughter, Claire Summers, who works in a nightclub there, should receive half of Chip's money. Roy goes to Kansas City, and after discovering that the gas station has burned down, he gives the will to Claire, who has not seen Chip since he was a baby, and asks her to visit. Back in Arizona, Blaine's gang abducts Chip, tells him ... +


As Gabby Whittaker is being chastised by Lodestone, Arizona banker Dolly Finuccin for not repaying his loan on time, he sees Sheriff J. C. Clark arresting two orphan boys and follows them into the sheriff's office. There, he convinces the sheriff to let him take the boys to his Half a Chance Ranch, a home where orphans learn ranch skills. The next day, Gabby leads a graduation ceremony at the ranch just as the Western movie star Roy Rogers, an ex-graduate, arrives, and when the boys sing Roy a song, only Chip Blaine does not join in. Later, Dolly arrives to tell Gabby that he must pay back $25,000 within one week or she will close the ranch. Out in the barn, meanwhile, two boys spy on King Blaine, an infamous murderer who has come to see his son, Chip, then tell Roy, who confronts Blaine. Against Roy's wishes, Blaine sees Chip and asks him in front of his two henchmen if he still has the money he sent. Just then, the sheriff rides up outside, causing the outlaws to run. When the posse follows them, Blaine is shot, but before he dies he calls for Gabby and gives him a will stipulating that Gabby should receive the profits from a gas station in Kansas City, and that his daughter, Claire Summers, who works in a nightclub there, should receive half of Chip's money. Roy goes to Kansas City, and after discovering that the gas station has burned down, he gives the will to Claire, who has not seen Chip since he was a baby, and asks her to visit. Back in Arizona, Blaine's gang abducts Chip, tells him Gabby killed his father, and tries to force him to give them Blaine's money. When Roy and the sheriff arrive and shoot at them, the outlaws flee, at which point Chip tries to run away. Roy captures him, however, and when they reach the ranch, Claire is there, and though she shows Chip his father's will, Chip is confused and suspicious. Claire worries that the ranch is a bad influence on Chip, until Roy takes her to see all the ranch's activities, which help her to appreciate both Half a Chance and Roy. That night, as Chip checks the money's hiding place in the barn, the outlaws burst in and beat him so he will give them the cash. Hearing Chip's cries, Gabby tries to defend him and is shot by the outlaws. As he recovers, Chip apologizes to Gabby for doubting him and then secretly brings $25,000 of his money to Dolly's house to repay Gabby's loan. When Roy hears about the payment, he deduces Chip's involvement and tells the boy that Gabby cannot accept stolen money. That night at a Halloween party, Dolly and the sheriff accuse Gabby of giving her cash stolen from her own bank, and as Roy instructs Chip to give them the rest of the money, the outlaws break in and steal it. Roy and the sheriff chase and catch the thieves, and the next day, Roy convinces Dolly to cancel the loan repayment as a reward for the return of the stolen money. +

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