Apache Rose (1947)

74-75 mins | Western, Musical | 15 February 1947

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Gerald Geraghty

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Les Orlebeck

Production Designer:

Gano Chittenden

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to reviews, this was the first time the Trucolor process was used in a Roy Rogers ... More Less

According to reviews, this was the first time the Trucolor process was used in a Roy Rogers film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Mar 1947.
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Daily Variety
19 Mar 1947.
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Film Daily
20 Mar 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
29 Mar 1947.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Mar 47
p. 3549.
New York Times
13 Jul 1947.
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New York Times
23 Jul 47
p. 19.
Variety
26 Mar 46
p. 12.
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
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Apache Rose," "Wishing Well" and "Ride Vaquero," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott
"There's Nothin' Like Coffee in the Mornin'," music and lyrics by Tim and Glenn Spencer
"José," composer undetermined.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 February 1947
Production Date:
mid August--mid September 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 February 1947
Copyright Number:
LP869
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
74-75
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When border investigator Roy Rogers sees Billie Colby unloading her tugboat, the Apache Rose , on the dock, he asks her stop because the shipment he has ordered needs to be delivered elsewhere. Not realizing that Roy is her customer, Billie ignores him and continues unloading, until he pushes her into the river. She is helped out of the water by her sweetheart, Carlos Vega, who proposes, but is rejected by Billie because he will not quit gambling. At the beach at Rancho Vega, near Carlos' hacienda, Roy and his partner, Alkali Elkins, visit haunted caves, where they discover that thieves have been using the caves to hide their stolen cattle. Back at the hacienda, Carlos admits that he jointly owns the land surrounding the caves with his cousin Rosa and that oil has been discovered there. Later that evening at a restaurant, Reed Calhoun, operator of the gambling ship S.S. Casino , and his henchman, Pete, press Carlos to pay his $147,000 gambling debt by selling his property. Meanwhile, Billie dresses some singers as a mariachi band. The maitre d' enjoys their playing until he realizes that they are not Mexican, then throws them out. The next day as she is on her way to town, Rosa is shot at by a sniper. Billie suggests that she masquerade as Rosa at the welcome home party for Rosa in order to catch the criminals. When Billie is then kidnapped by a man in a carriage, Roy catches him, but as they struggle, the man is shot and killed by two other men who drive away in a car. ... +


When border investigator Roy Rogers sees Billie Colby unloading her tugboat, the Apache Rose , on the dock, he asks her stop because the shipment he has ordered needs to be delivered elsewhere. Not realizing that Roy is her customer, Billie ignores him and continues unloading, until he pushes her into the river. She is helped out of the water by her sweetheart, Carlos Vega, who proposes, but is rejected by Billie because he will not quit gambling. At the beach at Rancho Vega, near Carlos' hacienda, Roy and his partner, Alkali Elkins, visit haunted caves, where they discover that thieves have been using the caves to hide their stolen cattle. Back at the hacienda, Carlos admits that he jointly owns the land surrounding the caves with his cousin Rosa and that oil has been discovered there. Later that evening at a restaurant, Reed Calhoun, operator of the gambling ship S.S. Casino , and his henchman, Pete, press Carlos to pay his $147,000 gambling debt by selling his property. Meanwhile, Billie dresses some singers as a mariachi band. The maitre d' enjoys their playing until he realizes that they are not Mexican, then throws them out. The next day as she is on her way to town, Rosa is shot at by a sniper. Billie suggests that she masquerade as Rosa at the welcome home party for Rosa in order to catch the criminals. When Billie is then kidnapped by a man in a carriage, Roy catches him, but as they struggle, the man is shot and killed by two other men who drive away in a car. After they have left, Roy finds a poker chip from the gambling ship on the man's body and returns to ask Calhoun if he recognizes it. Calhoun admits that the chip came from his ship and agrees to take Roy on board to investigate the murder. Later, when Roy is discovered listening to Calhoun and Pete plotting to kill Rosa at the party, they attack him, but he escapes. On the Apache Rose , Billie hides Roy and Alkali in the hatch when Sheriff Jim Mason and Pete approach. After Roy learns that Rosa has been killed, Pete rides to town, and Roy and Alkali follow him, but he escapes, only to be found dead later, killed by Calhoun. The Apache Rose then takes Roy and Billie to the Casino where Billie destroys Carlos' IOUs. On the beach, Calhoun catches them and kidnaps Carlos and takes him away in their car. The man in the car shoots Carlos in the arm and tries to escape, but Roy captures him and takes him to jail. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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