On the Old Spanish Trail (1947)

72 or 75 mins | Western | 15 October 1947

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Sloan Nibley

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's working titles were Heart of Mexico and Outlaws of Sioux City . The latter title was also a working title for Republic's Rustlers of Devil's Canyon (see below). Modern sources include Jack O'Shea in the ... More Less

The film's working titles were Heart of Mexico and Outlaws of Sioux City . The latter title was also a working title for Republic's Rustlers of Devil's Canyon (see below). Modern sources include Jack O'Shea in the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Nov 1947.
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Daily Variety
22 Oct 1947.
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Film Daily
22 Oct 1947.
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Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 47
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
29 May 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
7 Jun 47
p. 39.
Variety
22 Oct 47
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of 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
"I'll Never Love Again," based on "La borrachita," music and Spanish lyrics by Ignacio Fernández Esperón, English lyrics by Al Stewart
"Guadalajara," music and lyrics by Pepe Guízar
"My Adobe Hacienda," music and lyrics by Louise Massey and Lee Penny
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SONGS
"I'll Never Love Again," based on "La borrachita," music and Spanish lyrics by Ignacio Fernández Esperón, English lyrics by Al Stewart
"Guadalajara," music and lyrics by Pepe Guízar
"My Adobe Hacienda," music and lyrics by Louise Massey and Lee Penny
"On the Old Spanish Trail," music and lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy and Kenneth L. Smith
"Una furtiva lagrima" from the opera L'elisir d'amore , music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Felice Romani
"Here Is My Helpin' Hand," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan
"Bolero," music and lyrics by M. H. Sturgis and W. P. Blake.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Outlaws of Sioux City
Heart of Mexico
Release Date:
15 October 1947
Production Date:
late Apr--late May 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 November 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1296
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
72 or 75
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12493
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When the sheriff arrives at the Great Southwestern Tent Show camped near Sioux City, Iowa, he tells performers The Sons of the Pioneers that a man named Burnett is coming to collect on their $10,000 loan, which was countersigned by local rancher and fellow entertainer, Roy Rogers. Burnett warns them that he will be forced to confiscate their show equipment if they cannot pay, but agrees to give them a few weeks in which to raise the money. Later, on a road outside of town, a suitcase falls from the top of a car driven by Candy Martin, a performer joining the show, and Roy soon comes across it. Candy returns to claim the case, just as Roy discovers a love poem from a gypsy named Ricco Perado and some photographs of Candy among the spilled contents. When she is not looking, Roy slips one of the photographs inside his shirt, but it is later stolen by Ricco. At the wagon where he lives, Ricco adds the photograph to the many already covering the walls, much to the annoyance of his sweetheart, Lola Gitana. She asks Ricco to leave town with her, showing him a Wanted poster with his description on it, but he refuses. Roy's sidekick, Cookie Bullfincher, then tells Roy about a $10,000 reward for the capture of a gypsy who has been robbing oil companies of their payroll funds. After Roy discovers that the Great Southwestern Tent Show was in the vicinity during each of the robberies, he decides to visit the show, hoping to capture the gypsy so that he can pay off the loan with the reward money. At ... +


When the sheriff arrives at the Great Southwestern Tent Show camped near Sioux City, Iowa, he tells performers The Sons of the Pioneers that a man named Burnett is coming to collect on their $10,000 loan, which was countersigned by local rancher and fellow entertainer, Roy Rogers. Burnett warns them that he will be forced to confiscate their show equipment if they cannot pay, but agrees to give them a few weeks in which to raise the money. Later, on a road outside of town, a suitcase falls from the top of a car driven by Candy Martin, a performer joining the show, and Roy soon comes across it. Candy returns to claim the case, just as Roy discovers a love poem from a gypsy named Ricco Perado and some photographs of Candy among the spilled contents. When she is not looking, Roy slips one of the photographs inside his shirt, but it is later stolen by Ricco. At the wagon where he lives, Ricco adds the photograph to the many already covering the walls, much to the annoyance of his sweetheart, Lola Gitana. She asks Ricco to leave town with her, showing him a Wanted poster with his description on it, but he refuses. Roy's sidekick, Cookie Bullfincher, then tells Roy about a $10,000 reward for the capture of a gypsy who has been robbing oil companies of their payroll funds. After Roy discovers that the Great Southwestern Tent Show was in the vicinity during each of the robberies, he decides to visit the show, hoping to capture the gypsy so that he can pay off the loan with the reward money. At the show, the real culprit in the oil company robberies, Harry Blaisdell, introduces Roy to Candy, who apologizes for being rude to him on the road. Later in Candy's dressing tent, Lola demands that Candy stay away from Ricco, but Candy explains she has never met the gypsy. When Candy later deduces that Ricco is the gypsy on the Wanted posters, she informs Roy, who chases him. Ricco dives into a river and swims away, followed by Roy. At a gypsy camp, Ricco is professing his innocence to his peers when shots are fired at him from the adjacent trees. Meanwhile, Lola kidnaps Candy and brings her to the camp as well. Harry and his men, who are themselves responsible for the oil company robberies, arrive at the camp and draw their guns. Although Ricco lassos one of Harry's men as he tries to escape, he is the one arrested by Cookie. Later, Harry and his men decide to free Ricco from jail while simultaneously committing another robbery, hoping that Roy and Cookie will then be convinced of Ricco's guilt. After Roy discovers Ricco missing from his cell and Candy tied up in his place, Ricco returns to explain what has happened. Convinced that he is an escaped prisoner, however, Roy takes him into custody. Later, Harry suggests that Roy and his men perform a mock hold-up in town to promote the show. Just as the "hold-up" is about to begin, Candy realizes that Harry is the leader of the outlaws, and Ricco tries to stop him from robbing the Inter-City Oil Company. The robbery is foiled and Cookie escapes with the cash boxes, as Roy leaps from his horse Trigger onto a moving carriage in an effort to catch the thieves. After Harry and his men are arrested, Candy opens the cash boxes and is shocked to find them empty. Meanwhile, Ricco returns to Lola with the stolen money, and the tent show moves on to its next venue. +

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