Rodeo King and the Senorita (1951)

67 or 70 mins | Western | 15 July 1951

Director:

Phil Ford

Writer:

John K. Butler

Cinematographer:

Walter Strenge

Editor:

Robert M. Leeds

Production Designer:

Fred Ritter

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

In the onscreen credit, sound man T. A. Carman's surname is misspelled "Carmen." A 20 Mar 1951 HR news item stated that the Hendrix family had been cast in the film as rodeo trick riders, but their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Although a modern source states that Rodeo King and the Senorita is a remake of the 1946 Roy Roger's film My Pal Trigger (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1941-50 ), and John K. Butler is credited as a writer of both scripts, the two plots bear little resemblance to each other. ... More Less

In the onscreen credit, sound man T. A. Carman's surname is misspelled "Carmen." A 20 Mar 1951 HR news item stated that the Hendrix family had been cast in the film as rodeo trick riders, but their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Although a modern source states that Rodeo King and the Senorita is a remake of the 1946 Roy Roger's film My Pal Trigger (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1941-50 ), and John K. Butler is credited as a writer of both scripts, the two plots bear little resemblance to each other. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Aug 1951.
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Daily Variety
7 Jul 51
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Jul 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 51
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 51
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 51
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Mar 51
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Apr 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 51
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Jul 51
p. 946.
Variety
25 Jul 51
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Strawberry Roan," music and lyrics by Fred Howard, Nat Vincent and Curley Fletcher
"Windy Bill," traditional
"Juanita," music and lyrics traditional, arranged by Caroline Norton.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 July 1951
Production Date:
mid March--late March 1951
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 August 1951
Copyright Number:
LP1131
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67 or 70
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15248
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While performing his Roman tandem jumping act, Pablo Morales of the Foster and Morales Wild West Show is killed when his harness breaks. Afterward, a rodeo performer in the show, Steve Lacey, who was lurking around Pablo's horses before the performance, informs Pablo's partner, Jack Foster, that Lacey is now a silent partner in the show. Lacey wants top billing for himself, so he is not pleased that Pablo's friend, Rex Allen, has been hired as the feature act for future shows. As soon as Rex arrives with Muscles Benton, who is also joining the show, dangerous incidents occur whenever Lacey is around. After Lacey sees Rex and his horse, Koko, perform tricks for Pablo's young daughter Juanita, he jealously claims he can do the same, but Koko balks when Lacey attempts to ride him. Angered, Lacey tries again during the night, this time with spurs, and causes Koko's leg to break during an unsuccessful jump. The veterinarian says Koko has a fifty-fifty chance for survival and needs careful attention. Rex and Muscles want to leave the show, but agree to stay when Foster tells them that, without a feature act, Juanita's financial future is in jeopardy, as she has inherited half-interest in the show. Juanita and her governess, Janet Wells, offer to care for Koko while they are away, and as the horse recuperates they listen to radio broadcasts of the show. During one performance, Rex's harness breaks in a manner suspiciously like Pablo's had, so Rex sends the broken harness to a chemical laboratory for analysis. In the meantime, Koko has healed, but when Rex sees how the grieving Juanita has become attached to the ... +


While performing his Roman tandem jumping act, Pablo Morales of the Foster and Morales Wild West Show is killed when his harness breaks. Afterward, a rodeo performer in the show, Steve Lacey, who was lurking around Pablo's horses before the performance, informs Pablo's partner, Jack Foster, that Lacey is now a silent partner in the show. Lacey wants top billing for himself, so he is not pleased that Pablo's friend, Rex Allen, has been hired as the feature act for future shows. As soon as Rex arrives with Muscles Benton, who is also joining the show, dangerous incidents occur whenever Lacey is around. After Lacey sees Rex and his horse, Koko, perform tricks for Pablo's young daughter Juanita, he jealously claims he can do the same, but Koko balks when Lacey attempts to ride him. Angered, Lacey tries again during the night, this time with spurs, and causes Koko's leg to break during an unsuccessful jump. The veterinarian says Koko has a fifty-fifty chance for survival and needs careful attention. Rex and Muscles want to leave the show, but agree to stay when Foster tells them that, without a feature act, Juanita's financial future is in jeopardy, as she has inherited half-interest in the show. Juanita and her governess, Janet Wells, offer to care for Koko while they are away, and as the horse recuperates they listen to radio broadcasts of the show. During one performance, Rex's harness breaks in a manner suspiciously like Pablo's had, so Rex sends the broken harness to a chemical laboratory for analysis. In the meantime, Koko has healed, but when Rex sees how the grieving Juanita has become attached to the horse, he decides to let her keep him. Janet, however, insists that Foster pay Rex for the horse from Juanita's account. Foster hesitates, saying Juanita has only $2,000 in her account, but decides to write the check. Later, however, Foster takes Koko from Juanita and puts him in the show. When Rex and Muscles learn of this, they provoke a fistfight with Lacey and Foster, which gets them fired. Having learned from the chemical laboratory report that acid was applied to Rex's broken harness, Rex and Muscles realize that although it will be hard to prove, Lacey is responsible for both broken harnesses, and Pablo's death. Before they leave, they go to the stables to bid a final farewell to Koko and find Juanita, who has traveled miles alone in the rain to be with the horse. She remembers that the Roman trick horses were sold to the Richards Brothers Circus Company, and after they take Juanita home, Rex and Muscles visit Bill Richards. Bill still has Pablo's harness, as well as a pony with the same coloring as Koko, which Rex declares would be the perfect size for Juanita. Bill offers to give Rex the pony if he will do Pablo's Roman tandem jump as a publicity stunt for his company, and Rex agrees. Muscles then takes Pablo's harness to the local sheriff to apprise him of their suspicions, and remembering that Juanita had only $2,000 in her account, Rex suggests the sheriff conduct a secret audit of Foster's books. When Rex takes the pony to Juanita, he finds her sick with pneumonia contracted the night she spent in the rain. Her doctors believe that the emotional stress of losing Koko is inhibiting her return to health. The feverish Juanita worries that Lacey will ride Koko in the cross country variety race that will be held on the following Saturday. On the day of the race, Bill adds his company's entry to the race. He gets Foster to agree in public to let Rex ride Koko in the last leg of the relay, and if he wins, Bill will waive the prize money and take Koko. By cheating, Lacey keeps the lead for most of the race, but in the last leg of the relay, Rex and Koko pass him and win. At the finish line, the sheriff is waiting to arrest Foster and Lacey, but Foster shoots him and the two attempt a getaway. Rex pursues on horseback, and is soon joined by Muscles, who apprehends Foster. Rex manages to knock Lacey off his horse, and the two rivals fight it out, but Rex finally subdues Lacey. With Foster and Lacey in jail, Rex plans to manage the show until Juanita is old enough to take over. Rex again offers to give Koko to Juanita, but she has been training the pony, and thanks to Janet, has realized that Koko really wants to be with Rex. +

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