South of Santa Fe (1942)

55 or 59 mins | Western | 17 February 1942

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HISTORY

A 9 Dec 1941 HR story about the effects on film production of the United States' entry into WWII noted that after the Army ordered the grounding of private planes, production on South of Santa Fe was delayed until the script was re-written to eliminate the need for three small planes. Although MPHPD release charts list the picture's release date as 17 Feb 1942, a 20 Feb 1942 HR news item stated that the film would have its "world premiere" that night at the opening of the Pony Express Theatre in Hollywood, with "the event being aired over KMTR." The DV review noted that the film had been seen at the Pony Express on 22 Feb and listed the running time as 65 min. Modern sources include Jack O'Shea, Merrill McCormack and Spade Cooley in the ... More Less

A 9 Dec 1941 HR story about the effects on film production of the United States' entry into WWII noted that after the Army ordered the grounding of private planes, production on South of Santa Fe was delayed until the script was re-written to eliminate the need for three small planes. Although MPHPD release charts list the picture's release date as 17 Feb 1942, a 20 Feb 1942 HR news item stated that the film would have its "world premiere" that night at the opening of the Pony Express Theatre in Hollywood, with "the event being aired over KMTR." The DV review noted that the film had been seen at the Pony Express on 22 Feb and listed the running time as 65 min. Modern sources include Jack O'Shea, Merrill McCormack and Spade Cooley in the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Feb 1942.
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Daily Variety
23 Feb 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Feb 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Dec 41
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Feb 1942.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Feb 42
p. 525.
Variety
29 Apr 42
p. 8.
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
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"South of Santa Fe," "Yodel Your Troubles Away" and "We're Headin' for the Home Corral," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"The Vaquero Song," "Trail Dreamin'" and "Open Range Ahead," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan
"Down the Trail," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan and Glenn Spencer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 February 1942
Production Date:
completed 5 January 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 February 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11099
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55 or 59
Length(in feet):
4,998
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8047
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The once prosperous Whittaker City has fallen upon hard times, and Mayor Gabby Whittaker fears that his friends, including ranchers Roy Rogers and Carol Stevens, are going to be bankrupted. The town's hopes lie in the re-opening of a gold mine once worked by Carol's late father, but Carol cannot interest any investors. Roy decides to ask Peter Moreland, John McMahon and Harold Prentiss, the three businessmen Carol has petioned for aid, to Whittaker City's annual "Spirit of the West" festival, which features a ride of the vaqueros. The businessmen are delighted with the opportunity to ride with the vaqueros and cowboys for ten days, but just before the festival begins, criminal Joe Keenan and his gang arrive in Whittaker City. Joe is looking for a hideout, but upon learning of the upcoming visit, decides to kidnap Moreland, McMahon and Prentiss for a large ransom. Using a false name, Joe joins in the ride when the three businessmen arrive, and although they enjoy the adventure, Joe constantly disparages the old-fashioned fun and methods. The stopping point of the first day's ride is Carol's ranch, where she hosts a fiesta. Carol, Roy and Gabby confess to their visitors that their invitation was motivated by financial concerns and show them the mine samples. The men are impressed, for the mine contains tungsten, a mineral needed for the war effort. The next day, Roy escorts the businessmen to Carol's mine for a closer inspection, and while he is gone, Joe entices Roy's pals, The Sons of the Pioneers, to stage a fake holdup for him, which he films with a 16mm camera. After the ... +


The once prosperous Whittaker City has fallen upon hard times, and Mayor Gabby Whittaker fears that his friends, including ranchers Roy Rogers and Carol Stevens, are going to be bankrupted. The town's hopes lie in the re-opening of a gold mine once worked by Carol's late father, but Carol cannot interest any investors. Roy decides to ask Peter Moreland, John McMahon and Harold Prentiss, the three businessmen Carol has petioned for aid, to Whittaker City's annual "Spirit of the West" festival, which features a ride of the vaqueros. The businessmen are delighted with the opportunity to ride with the vaqueros and cowboys for ten days, but just before the festival begins, criminal Joe Keenan and his gang arrive in Whittaker City. Joe is looking for a hideout, but upon learning of the upcoming visit, decides to kidnap Moreland, McMahon and Prentiss for a large ransom. Using a false name, Joe joins in the ride when the three businessmen arrive, and although they enjoy the adventure, Joe constantly disparages the old-fashioned fun and methods. The stopping point of the first day's ride is Carol's ranch, where she hosts a fiesta. Carol, Roy and Gabby confess to their visitors that their invitation was motivated by financial concerns and show them the mine samples. The men are impressed, for the mine contains tungsten, a mineral needed for the war effort. The next day, Roy escorts the businessmen to Carol's mine for a closer inspection, and while he is gone, Joe entices Roy's pals, The Sons of the Pioneers, to stage a fake holdup for him, which he films with a 16mm camera. After the Sons join Roy at the mine, Joe and his men surround them, tie them up and kidnap Moreland, McMahon and Prentiss. Joe then rushes back to Carol's ranch and uses the film as proof that Roy and his friends committed the crime. Carol and Gabby reluctantly believe the phony evidence, for they know that Roy was having financial problems, and Sheriff Benton and his posse begin to search for the criminals and their victims. The next morning, Roy and his friends succeed in freeing themselves from their bonds, then go to Carol's ranch. As she is telling them about the film, Carol realizes that Roy and the three businessmen were not in the scenes, which substantiates Roy's claims that they were at the mine and the film is fake. While Joe's men set up camp in an old hideout shown to them by Ace Brody, a former cattle rustler, Carol steals the film from Joe's room. As Carol is showing the film to Benton, Gabby drops off the ransom money at the appointed spot. Roy captures one of the criminals and Gabby sends off a homing pigeon with a map of their location to his young friend Bobby. Pat, one of Roy's friends, brings the note to Benton, who then releases the rest of the Sons, whom he had apprehended. Everyone rushes to the old cave hideout, which Joe is preparing to blow up. While the others are freeing the prisoners, Roy chases after Joe and his two accomplices, who are trying to escape in a car. With his horse "Trigger," Roy is able to prove to Joe that sometimes old methods are superior to new technology as he captures the gang. Soon after, Roy, Gabby and Carol join the three businessmen as they finish the vaquero ride in order to celebrate their new partnership. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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