Ridin' Down the Canyon (1942)

53 or 55 mins | Western | 30 December 1942

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HISTORY

According to a HR news item, the title of Norman Houston's original story was "Get a Horse." Another HR news item noted that J. Benton Cheney was to write an "original" story for Roy Rogers titled Ridin' Down the Canyon , but the extent of his contribution to the completed picture has not been determined. Var reviewed the picture twice, first on 16 Dec 1942 after a 4 Dec 1942 preview in New York, and then on 10 Mar 1943 following a viewing on 2 Mar 1943 during the film's New York run. The film marked the first time that the popular song "In a Little Spanish Town" appeared in a motion picture. Modern sources include Major Sam Harris, Art Mix and Art Dillard in the ... More Less

According to a HR news item, the title of Norman Houston's original story was "Get a Horse." Another HR news item noted that J. Benton Cheney was to write an "original" story for Roy Rogers titled Ridin' Down the Canyon , but the extent of his contribution to the completed picture has not been determined. Var reviewed the picture twice, first on 16 Dec 1942 after a 4 Dec 1942 preview in New York, and then on 10 Mar 1943 following a viewing on 2 Mar 1943 during the film's New York run. The film marked the first time that the popular song "In a Little Spanish Town" appeared in a motion picture. Modern sources include Major Sam Harris, Art Mix and Art Dillard in the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Dec 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Dec 42
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 42
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Oct 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Dec 42
p. 13.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Dec 42
p. 1054.
Variety
9 Dec 42
p. 16.
Variety
10 Mar 43
p. 32.
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
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Ridin' Down the Canyon," music and lyrics by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
"Blue Prairie," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan
"Sagebrush Symphony" and "Curley Joe," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
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SONGS
"Ridin' Down the Canyon," music and lyrics by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
"Blue Prairie," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan
"Sagebrush Symphony" and "Curley Joe," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"In a Little Spanish Town," music by Mabel Wayne, lyrics by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young
"My Little Buckaroo," music and lyrics by Jack Scholl and M. K. Jerome
"Who Am I?" music and lyrics by Walter Bullock and Jule Styne.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
30 December 1942
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 3 December 1942
Production Date:
began 23 September 42
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 December 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11759
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
53 or 55
Length(in feet):
4,998
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8879
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Nine-year-old Bobby Blake lives with his older sister Alice on a government reservation in northern Arizona, where they participate in an experiment of breeding wild mustangs with thoroughbreds. After two years of hard work, Bobby and Alice are about to sell their first herd, the proceeds of which they plan to use to buy a house, when their horses are rustled. Bobby is devastated and decides to seek the help of his hero, radio singing star Roy Rogers. Roy is touring locally with his group, The Sons of the Pioneers, and so Bobby runs away one evening to find them. He is given a ride by old cowboy "Gabby," but the two are set upon by three of the rustlers. Roy and the Pioneers, who happen to be riding by, rescue Bobby and Gabby and take them with them to their next performance, which will be broadcast from Lariat Lodge, a popular resort. The lodge is run by Jordan, who along with Burt Wooster, the foreman of the Fellowed ranch, and singer Barbara Joyce, is the head of the rustling gang. After the performance, Roy and his friends are on the way to return Bobby to Alice when they come across more of the rustlers. Burt, who is riding with the gang, fools Bobby into believing that he was chasing them, but Roy remains suspicious of him. When Burt, who is in love with Alice, complaines to Jordan about the rough treatment of her and Bobby and states that he wants to quit the gang, Jordan orders his henchman Pete to kill him. Roy, who has trailed Burt to the ... +


Nine-year-old Bobby Blake lives with his older sister Alice on a government reservation in northern Arizona, where they participate in an experiment of breeding wild mustangs with thoroughbreds. After two years of hard work, Bobby and Alice are about to sell their first herd, the proceeds of which they plan to use to buy a house, when their horses are rustled. Bobby is devastated and decides to seek the help of his hero, radio singing star Roy Rogers. Roy is touring locally with his group, The Sons of the Pioneers, and so Bobby runs away one evening to find them. He is given a ride by old cowboy "Gabby," but the two are set upon by three of the rustlers. Roy and the Pioneers, who happen to be riding by, rescue Bobby and Gabby and take them with them to their next performance, which will be broadcast from Lariat Lodge, a popular resort. The lodge is run by Jordan, who along with Burt Wooster, the foreman of the Fellowed ranch, and singer Barbara Joyce, is the head of the rustling gang. After the performance, Roy and his friends are on the way to return Bobby to Alice when they come across more of the rustlers. Burt, who is riding with the gang, fools Bobby into believing that he was chasing them, but Roy remains suspicious of him. When Burt, who is in love with Alice, complaines to Jordan about the rough treatment of her and Bobby and states that he wants to quit the gang, Jordan orders his henchman Pete to kill him. Roy, who has trailed Burt to the lodge, watches as Pete shoots Burt in the back. Before dying, Burt asks Roy to tell Alice that he is sorry, and also warns Roy about "Blue Praire." Bobby, who always records the Lariat Lodge program in the hope of hearing one of Roy's songs, plays a recording of the song "Blue Prairie" for Roy and the Pioneers. They realize that Joyce uses the song and a dedication to direct the gang to their next target. They then listen to the next broadcast and obtain the signal, but Jordan has arranged a trap in which the sheriff mistakes Roy and the Pioneers for the rustlers. While his friends are in jail, Bobby listens to the real signal and after telling Roy, follows the rustlers, who capture him. Roy and the others escape from jail and reach Bobby just as he is about to be trampled by the rustled wild horses. The sheriff finally realizes who the real culprits are and helps the Pioneers round them up. Bobby receives a $10,000 reward, Gabby decides to stay on as the Blakes' foreman and Roy promises to visit Alice and Bobby soon. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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