Sunset on the Desert (1942)

63 mins | Western | 1 April 1942

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Writer:

Gerald Geraghty

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Les Orlebeck

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Working titles of this film were Pal O' Mine and Sunset on the Trail . Modern sources include Bob Woodward and Cactus Mack in the ... More Less

Working titles of this film were Pal O' Mine and Sunset on the Trail . Modern sources include Bob Woodward and Cactus Mack in the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Apr 1942.
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Film Daily
2 Apr 42
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Feb 42
p. 3, 10
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Apr 42
p. 598.
Variety
17 Jun 42
p. 20.
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
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Faithful Pal O' Mine" and "Don Juan," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Yippi-Yi Your Troubles Away," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan
"It's a Lie" and "Remember Me," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Sunset on the Trail
Pal O' Mine
Release Date:
1 April 1942
Production Date:
11 February--23 February 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 April 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11237
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in feet):
5,678
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8177
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After a ten-year absence, cowboy Roy Rogers returns to his hometown of South Creek to investigate stories that an old family friend, Judge Alvin Kirby, is corrupt. Rogers learns that Tom, the son of rancher Jim Prentiss, was shot by deputy Bill Sloane after Prentiss did not pay an old tax bill. Prentiss' ranch was subsequently sold to attorney Ramsay McCall. McCall uses the tax ploy to force out the old-time ranchers, and when his gunslinger Sloane was arrested, McCall blackmailed Kirby into setting him free. Roy does not know that Sloane is his exact double, and so is mystified by the hostile reception he gets when he and his pal, Gabby Whittaker, rescue Prentiss from more of McCall's thugs. In town, Roy is further confused when Julie Craig, Sloane's girl friend, welcomes him back, for McCall had ordered Sloane to leave town after the murder. Roy then approaches Ann, Kirby's niece and Roy's childhood sweetheart, but she also believes that he is Sloane and sends him away. When Roy and Gabby finally realize that people are mistaking Roy for Sloane, Roy decides to impersonate Sloane to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Kirby's actions. That night, after a dance at which Roy's attentions to Ann arouse the jealousy of both Julie and Bob Nolan, Ann's suitor, Julie threatens Roy by telling him that she will expose Kirby's dealings with McCall if he continues to see Ann. Julie reveals that Ann's father was an embezzler who stole county funds, and that Ann's ranch will be taken away if anyone finds out. The next day, Louie Meade, one ... +


After a ten-year absence, cowboy Roy Rogers returns to his hometown of South Creek to investigate stories that an old family friend, Judge Alvin Kirby, is corrupt. Rogers learns that Tom, the son of rancher Jim Prentiss, was shot by deputy Bill Sloane after Prentiss did not pay an old tax bill. Prentiss' ranch was subsequently sold to attorney Ramsay McCall. McCall uses the tax ploy to force out the old-time ranchers, and when his gunslinger Sloane was arrested, McCall blackmailed Kirby into setting him free. Roy does not know that Sloane is his exact double, and so is mystified by the hostile reception he gets when he and his pal, Gabby Whittaker, rescue Prentiss from more of McCall's thugs. In town, Roy is further confused when Julie Craig, Sloane's girl friend, welcomes him back, for McCall had ordered Sloane to leave town after the murder. Roy then approaches Ann, Kirby's niece and Roy's childhood sweetheart, but she also believes that he is Sloane and sends him away. When Roy and Gabby finally realize that people are mistaking Roy for Sloane, Roy decides to impersonate Sloane to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Kirby's actions. That night, after a dance at which Roy's attentions to Ann arouse the jealousy of both Julie and Bob Nolan, Ann's suitor, Julie threatens Roy by telling him that she will expose Kirby's dealings with McCall if he continues to see Ann. Julie reveals that Ann's father was an embezzler who stole county funds, and that Ann's ranch will be taken away if anyone finds out. The next day, Louie Meade, one of McCall's henchmen, brings Roy to McCall's office, where Roy overhears them planning to kill Prentiss. McCall orders Roy to leave town for good, after which Roy and Gabby rescue Prentiss and his friend, George Belknap, from the thugs. McCall, suspicious of Roy's behavior, sends Julie to the real Sloane's hideout, while Roy goes to the old Kirby homestead to search for evidence. There he finds a receipt proving that Ann's father paid back all of the money he embezzled, and when Ann arrives, he is also able to prove his identity. He sends her back to Bob's home to stop the ranchers, who are forming a vigilante committee to run McCall's gang out of town, while he rushes to Kirby's office. He shows Kirby the receipt, then gets into a fistfight with Sloane. While Gabby, Kirby and Roy are in a gun battle with McCall and his men, Bob and the ranchers arrive, and when Bob sees Sloane with McCall, he disbelieves Ann's story about Roy. Bob is forced to change his mind, however, after he shoots Sloane and Roy appears. With the gang rounded up, the ranchers make peace with Kirby, and Roy declares that after the rodeo season, he will be back to form a new Kirby-Rogers partnership with Ann. +

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