King of the Cowboys (1943)

67 mins | Western | 9 April 1943

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Harry Keller

Production Designer:

Russell Kimball

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Starlight on the Trail . Most of the songs were missing from the viewed print. HR news items include Olin Howlin and Nika Fisher in the cast; Howlin was not in the released picture, and the appearance of Fisher has not been confirmed. According to other HR news items, the film's budget was doubled in Nov 1942 due to the "reception received by the oat opera star [Roy Rogers] while making personal appearances," and the scenes of the bridge targeted for explosion by the saboteurs were filmed on location near Santa Barbara, CA. Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Charles King, Jack O'Shea, Eddie Dew , Reed Howes and Roy ... More Less

The working title of this film was Starlight on the Trail . Most of the songs were missing from the viewed print. HR news items include Olin Howlin and Nika Fisher in the cast; Howlin was not in the released picture, and the appearance of Fisher has not been confirmed. According to other HR news items, the film's budget was doubled in Nov 1942 due to the "reception received by the oat opera star [Roy Rogers] while making personal appearances," and the scenes of the bridge targeted for explosion by the saboteurs were filmed on location near Santa Barbara, CA. Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Charles King, Jack O'Shea, Eddie Dew , Reed Howes and Roy Bucko. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Apr 1943.
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Daily Variety
5 Apr 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Apr 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jan 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jan 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jan 43
p. 3, 9
Hollywood Reporter
5 Apr 1943.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 43
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
5 Apr 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald
10 Apr 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Apr 43
p. 1241.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Apr 43
p. 1249.
Variety
7 Apr 43
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Ride, Ranger, Ride," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Ride 'Em Cowboy," music by Roy Rogers, lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Roll Along Prairie Moon," music and lyrics by Ted Fio Rito, Harry MacPherson and Albert Von Tilzer
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SONGS
"Ride, Ranger, Ride," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Ride 'Em Cowboy," music by Roy Rogers, lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Roll Along Prairie Moon," music and lyrics by Ted Fio Rito, Harry MacPherson and Albert Von Tilzer
"I'm an Old Cowhand," music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
"A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas)," music and Spanish lyrics by Juan José Espinosa, English lyrics by Abe Tuvim and Francia Luban
"Biscuit Blues," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan
"Red River Valley," traditional.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Starlight on the Trail
Release Date:
9 April 1943
Production Date:
6 Jan--late Jan 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 April 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12006
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
6,069
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9116
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The governor of Texas sends for rodeo star Roy Rogers after learning of how Roy and his pal, Frog Millhouse, apprehended bank robber Duke Wilson and his gang. A wave of sabotage has been spreading through the Southwest, and the governor asks Roy to act as an undercover operative and find the culprits, who have been targeting factories supplying materials for the war effort. The governor's last agent, who was murdered, left a clue that he was "following Mary," and so Roy strikes out with Frog to look for Mary. Their travels lead them to the Merry Makers Carnival and Tent Show, which is owned by Dave Mason and features Maurice, who has a mind-reading act. Unknown to the governor, his assistant, William Kraly, is the leader of the sabotage ring, and it is he who orders Maurice and the reluctant Mason to carry out the bombings and arsons. Upon hearing Mason's pretty stepdaughter Judy comment on the unlucky incidents that seem to follow them, Roy decides to infiltrate the show and arranges to be hired as a singer. Kraly has already alerted Maurice and Mason that Roy is the governor's new operative, however, and they have hired him only to keep an eye on him. Kraly's method of operation is to send an agent to Maurice's show to pose as an audience member, and, while pretending to ask an innocent question, alert Maurice to his identity with a code word, followed by coded instructions. Roy uncovers this method, although he is still unaware of Kraly's complicity, and follows Maurice, Mason and their men as they go to blow up an important ... +


The governor of Texas sends for rodeo star Roy Rogers after learning of how Roy and his pal, Frog Millhouse, apprehended bank robber Duke Wilson and his gang. A wave of sabotage has been spreading through the Southwest, and the governor asks Roy to act as an undercover operative and find the culprits, who have been targeting factories supplying materials for the war effort. The governor's last agent, who was murdered, left a clue that he was "following Mary," and so Roy strikes out with Frog to look for Mary. Their travels lead them to the Merry Makers Carnival and Tent Show, which is owned by Dave Mason and features Maurice, who has a mind-reading act. Unknown to the governor, his assistant, William Kraly, is the leader of the sabotage ring, and it is he who orders Maurice and the reluctant Mason to carry out the bombings and arsons. Upon hearing Mason's pretty stepdaughter Judy comment on the unlucky incidents that seem to follow them, Roy decides to infiltrate the show and arranges to be hired as a singer. Kraly has already alerted Maurice and Mason that Roy is the governor's new operative, however, and they have hired him only to keep an eye on him. Kraly's method of operation is to send an agent to Maurice's show to pose as an audience member, and, while pretending to ask an innocent question, alert Maurice to his identity with a code word, followed by coded instructions. Roy uncovers this method, although he is still unaware of Kraly's complicity, and follows Maurice, Mason and their men as they go to blow up an important warehouse. They capture Roy, however, and after tying him up, leave him to be killed in the explosion. Roy escapes just before the dynamite goes off, and with Frog's help, learns that the ringleader will be going to the town of Freeman to pick up an important message. When Roy alerts the governor, Kraly finds out and sends his men to drive the governor's car off the road as he travels to Freeman. Meanwhile, Maurice catches Roy stealing his code book and is about to shoot him in cold blood when Mason stops him. Mason threatens to expose the operation but is shot by Maurice, who frames Roy for the murder. Roy is arrested but escapes with the help of Judy and her friend, magician Ruby Smith. The friends return to the carnival, where Kraly himself has come to deliver a message from the audience to Maurice. Roy shoots Kraly as he attempts to escape, while Frog captures Maurice and learns that his men have planted dynamite to blow up a supply train. Roy rides to the pass and arrives just in time to defuse the explosives as the train travels across the bridge. After the gang is rounded up, the governor presents a scroll of appreciation to Roy, "King of the Cowboys." +

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

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