The Gay Ranchero (1948)

72 mins | Western | 3 January 1948

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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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Jan 1948.
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Daily Variety
6 Jan 48
p. 4.
Film Daily
13 Jan 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 47
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jan 48
p. 4018.
Variety
14 Jan 48
p. 10.
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
Dir of photog
Cam op
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
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas)," music and Spanish lyrics by Juan José Espinosa, English lyrics by Abe Tuvim and Francia Luban
"Wait'll I Get My Sunshine in the Moonlight," music and lyrics by Harry Glick, Jimmy Lambert and Dave Olson
"You Belong to My Heart (Solamente una vez,)" music and Spanish lyrics by Augustín Lara, English lyrics by Ray Gilbert
+
SONGS
"A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas)," music and Spanish lyrics by Juan José Espinosa, English lyrics by Abe Tuvim and Francia Luban
"Wait'll I Get My Sunshine in the Moonlight," music and lyrics by Harry Glick, Jimmy Lambert and Dave Olson
"You Belong to My Heart (Solamente una vez,)" music and Spanish lyrics by Augustín Lara, English lyrics by Ray Gilbert
"Granada," music and lyrics by Augustín Lara
"Cowboy Country," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
3 January 1948
Production Date:
22 July--20 August 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 January 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1485
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in feet):
6,435
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12637
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After a cargo of gold is hijacked from a stagecoach, Sheriff Roy Rogers captures two of the thieves, Slim and Roberts, and escorts them toward nearby Manzanita Springs. On the way, when Roy becomes distracted by a plane flying overhead, Slim grabs his gun, shoots him in the shoulder and kills Roberts before riding away. The plane's pilot, Nicci Lopez, lands the craft and offers to fly Roy to the airport. Meanwhile, airline owner Betty Richards tells businessman Vance Brados that she does not want to sell her airport or spa to him. When Nicci brings Roy in, Betty calls the doctor and, along with employees Cookie Bullfincher and Tex, asks Roy whether he found their pilot, Sid, who has been missing since his plane was hijacked and its shipment of gold stolen. After Roy, who is a friend of Sid's and has been keeping an eye out for him as he tracks the gold theives, tells them he has not found Sid, Nicci discovers from Cookie that his girl friend, headstrong heiress Consuela Belmonte, has arrived at the spa with her pet monkey Nacho. Consuela's father has asked Nicci to bring her home, but when Nicci tracks her to the spa, she denounces him as a coward for having given up his bullfighting job. Meanwhile, Slim tells his bosses, Brados and Mike Ritter, that he has stolen the gold for them and killed Sid. They show him pilfered flight plans for the gold run Tex and Betty are going to fly the next day, and plot to have Betty's technician Breezy jimmy the fuel gauge so the plane will run out of gas unexpectedly and their men can ... +


After a cargo of gold is hijacked from a stagecoach, Sheriff Roy Rogers captures two of the thieves, Slim and Roberts, and escorts them toward nearby Manzanita Springs. On the way, when Roy becomes distracted by a plane flying overhead, Slim grabs his gun, shoots him in the shoulder and kills Roberts before riding away. The plane's pilot, Nicci Lopez, lands the craft and offers to fly Roy to the airport. Meanwhile, airline owner Betty Richards tells businessman Vance Brados that she does not want to sell her airport or spa to him. When Nicci brings Roy in, Betty calls the doctor and, along with employees Cookie Bullfincher and Tex, asks Roy whether he found their pilot, Sid, who has been missing since his plane was hijacked and its shipment of gold stolen. After Roy, who is a friend of Sid's and has been keeping an eye out for him as he tracks the gold theives, tells them he has not found Sid, Nicci discovers from Cookie that his girl friend, headstrong heiress Consuela Belmonte, has arrived at the spa with her pet monkey Nacho. Consuela's father has asked Nicci to bring her home, but when Nicci tracks her to the spa, she denounces him as a coward for having given up his bullfighting job. Meanwhile, Slim tells his bosses, Brados and Mike Ritter, that he has stolen the gold for them and killed Sid. They show him pilfered flight plans for the gold run Tex and Betty are going to fly the next day, and plot to have Betty's technician Breezy jimmy the fuel gauge so the plane will run out of gas unexpectedly and their men can ambush it. The next day, Roy reads the personnel records of everyone connected with the airport and forms a suspicion about Breezy. He races out to meet Tex and Betty on their gold run, arriving just as Tex and Betty, having run out of gas and landed in a meadow, are attacked by Slim and his men, who steal the gold. Slim kills Tex when the pilot tries to fight, then, seeing Roy, grabs Betty as a hostage and gallops off. Roy chases them and saves Betty, but Slim flees. Later, as they are fixing the airplane, Roy tells Betty that the bank has refused her more credit, and she will have to place her business up for auction. The next day, when both Consuela and Brados bid for the airport and spa, Roy pretends that Consuela's bid is higher. To celebrate her purchase, she throws a party, at which Nicci is to fight a bull. Brados and Ritter secretly enrage the bull, and Nicci barely escapes with his life. Roy, suspecting Brados, plans to trap him by claiming that another gold run will be made the next day. Brados deduces Roy's trick, but the unsuspecting Ritter hires Slim to beat up Brados so the two men can hijack the plane and keep the money for themselves. The trap works, and as the outlaws try to run away, Cookie, Nicci, Consuela and Nacho help Roy catch them by pursuing them in their plane and throwing dynamite at them. While Roy shoots Ritter in the arm, Betty shoots down Slim. Roy then arrests the whole gang, and Consuela applauds Nicci's courage. +

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