Sons of the Pioneers (1942)

55 mins | Western | 2 July 1942

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HISTORY

Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Frank Ellis, Bob Woodward, Fern Emmett, George Kesterson , Pascale Perry, Neal Hart, Horace B. Carpenter and Bud ... More Less

Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Frank Ellis, Bob Woodward, Fern Emmett, George Kesterson , Pascale Perry, Neal Hart, Horace B. Carpenter and Bud Osborne. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 Aug 1942.
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Daily Variety
17 Jul 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Aug 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 42
p. 9.
Motion Picture Daily
29 Jul 1942.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Aug 42
p. 810.
Variety
2 Sep 42
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Based on an orig story
Based on an orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Things Are Never What They Seem," "The West Is in My Soul" and "Trail Herdin' Cowboy," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan
"He's Gone Up the Trail," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Come and Get It," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer and Glenn Spencer
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SONGS
"Things Are Never What They Seem," "The West Is in My Soul" and "Trail Herdin' Cowboy," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan
"He's Gone Up the Trail," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Come and Get It," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer and Glenn Spencer
"The Lily of Hill Billy Valley," music by Will Livernash, lyrics by Ted Richmond and Will Livernash.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
2 July 1942
Production Date:
began 18 May 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 July 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11511
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in feet):
5,490
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8480
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Ranchers Jim and Ellie Bixby throw a party for former Eastern socialite Louise Harper, to celebrate her one-year anniversary as a cattle rancher. Louise, who has grown to love the West, enjoys the party with chemical factory owner Frank Bennett. Unknown to the others, Bennett is the secret leader of a gang that has been terrorizing the ranchers with fires and poisoning their cattle in order to force them from their land, which is rich with minerals. When the party is interrupted by yet another fire, Louise demands that Bennett run for sheriff to replace Gabby Whittaker, who she believes is ineffective. Furious that an Easterner might take over the job, Gabby decides to petition Roy Rogers for help. Roy is the grandson of the town's founder and the son of their greatest sheriff, and even though he has lived in New York since he was ten years old, Gabby believes that he will prove to be a true Rogers and a good sheriff. Along with his deputy Pat, Gabby travels to New York, where he discovers that Roy is an entomologist dedicated to research. Shocked at Roy's unassertive demeanor, Gabby tries to dissuade him from accompanying him home, but because his own ranch was one of those burned, Roy is determined to accept the sheriff job. Roy sends Gabby and Pat ahead of him, and on the day he is to arrive, he is ambushed by Briggs, Pete and Joe, three of Bennett's thugs. Roy easily outwits them but allows the townspeople to think that he is meek and easily bullied. Roy's charade works, for Bennett engineers his ... +


Ranchers Jim and Ellie Bixby throw a party for former Eastern socialite Louise Harper, to celebrate her one-year anniversary as a cattle rancher. Louise, who has grown to love the West, enjoys the party with chemical factory owner Frank Bennett. Unknown to the others, Bennett is the secret leader of a gang that has been terrorizing the ranchers with fires and poisoning their cattle in order to force them from their land, which is rich with minerals. When the party is interrupted by yet another fire, Louise demands that Bennett run for sheriff to replace Gabby Whittaker, who she believes is ineffective. Furious that an Easterner might take over the job, Gabby decides to petition Roy Rogers for help. Roy is the grandson of the town's founder and the son of their greatest sheriff, and even though he has lived in New York since he was ten years old, Gabby believes that he will prove to be a true Rogers and a good sheriff. Along with his deputy Pat, Gabby travels to New York, where he discovers that Roy is an entomologist dedicated to research. Shocked at Roy's unassertive demeanor, Gabby tries to dissuade him from accompanying him home, but because his own ranch was one of those burned, Roy is determined to accept the sheriff job. Roy sends Gabby and Pat ahead of him, and on the day he is to arrive, he is ambushed by Briggs, Pete and Joe, three of Bennett's thugs. Roy easily outwits them but allows the townspeople to think that he is meek and easily bullied. Roy's charade works, for Bennett engineers his election as sheriff in the belief that he can be controlled, and Roy begins his secret investigation. Using his microscope, Roy learns that cattle thought to have hoof and mouth disease have actually been poisoned, but is forced to reveal his findings to Gabby and Pat when they discover his laboratory hideout. When Gabby returns to town, Bennett's bad-mouthing of Roy prompts him to brag about Roy's true nature and reveal his laboratory's location. Bennett sends his men after Roy, and later that night, they set fire to his bunkhouse and Roy lets everyone believe that he has been killed. Louise and her ranch hand Bob see Roy, however, when he finds Gabby and Pat and informs them that the poisoning ingredients must be in Bennett's factory. Some of the gang trap Bob and Louise in the hills while the others trail Roy, Gabby and Pat to the factory, where Roy finds the poison. Roy and his friends once again escape from Bennett and his men, then rescue Louise and Bob as they are about to be overwhelmed in a shootout. Roy arrests Bennett, and soon after, sings with his friends at another celebratory party. +

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