Under Western Skies (1945)

56-57 mins | Western | 19 January 1945

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Musical Round-Up . The viewed print was missing several critical scenes near the end of the film. Although the Copyright Catalog lists Universal Pictures Co., Inc. as the film's copyright claimant and there is a copyright statement on the film, the number and date listed, LP13300 on 4 Jan 1945, are incorrect and actual number and date have not been determined. While the film's credits and most contemporary sources list H. J. Salter as Under Western Skies 's musical director, the DV review credits Frank Skinner in that position. Modern sources include Ray Jones in the ... More Less

The working title of this film was Musical Round-Up . The viewed print was missing several critical scenes near the end of the film. Although the Copyright Catalog lists Universal Pictures Co., Inc. as the film's copyright claimant and there is a copyright statement on the film, the number and date listed, LP13300 on 4 Jan 1945, are incorrect and actual number and date have not been determined. While the film's credits and most contemporary sources list H. J. Salter as Under Western Skies 's musical director, the DV review credits Frank Skinner in that position. Modern sources include Ray Jones in the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Jan 1945.
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Daily Variety
29 Dec 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
12 Jan 45
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 44
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Dec 44
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Dec 44
p. 2203.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Jan 45
p. 2257.
Variety
3 Jan 45
p. 49.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Swanee" by George Gershwin.
SONGS
"Under Western Skies," "Don't Go Making Speeches," "Oh, You Kid," "An Old-Fashioned Girl" and "A Cowboy's Prayer," music by Milton Rosen, lyrics by Everett Carter.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Musical Round-Up
Release Date:
19 January 1945
Production Date:
16285
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
4 January 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13300
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56-57
Length(in feet):
5,092
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10490
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The stagecoach carrying Willie Wells's Variety Show, a Barbary Coast musical revue, is attacked by the notorious bandit, King Carlos Randall, and his gang. Rather than stealing the troupe's money, King, taken by Willie's beautiful daughter Katie, asks for a performance, much to the consternation of his men. Later, the troupe arrives in the small Western town of Rim Rock, Arizona, only to learn that they have been banned from performing in the community-owned opera house by a local ladies' club. Katie then convinces the proprietor of the Silver Dollar saloon to allow the troupe to perform there. Later, Katie meets Tod Howell, the local schoolteacher, who fixes the wheel of her carriage, but voices his disapproval of variety shows. Still, Tod sneaks into the Silver Dollar that night for the show, which is interrupted first by an impromptu performance by saloon girl Maybelle Watkins, then by the appearance of King Carlos and his gang. When James Whitcolm Wyatt, the town's near-sighted sheriff, confronts King Carlos, a brawl breaks out which nearly destroys the saloon. Katie is rescued from the mêlée by Tod, who then takes her out on a moonlight carriage ride. The next day, Katie forces the troupe to attend the local church services, as a show of good faith to the community of Rim Rock. The services are stopped when King Carlos' men arrive and abduct Katie. Jim is then fired as sheriff when he fails to shoot the bandits as they leave, as his double vision makes it impossible for him to distinguish Katie from the outlaws. Jim manages to somehow redeem himself, however, and rescues ... +


The stagecoach carrying Willie Wells's Variety Show, a Barbary Coast musical revue, is attacked by the notorious bandit, King Carlos Randall, and his gang. Rather than stealing the troupe's money, King, taken by Willie's beautiful daughter Katie, asks for a performance, much to the consternation of his men. Later, the troupe arrives in the small Western town of Rim Rock, Arizona, only to learn that they have been banned from performing in the community-owned opera house by a local ladies' club. Katie then convinces the proprietor of the Silver Dollar saloon to allow the troupe to perform there. Later, Katie meets Tod Howell, the local schoolteacher, who fixes the wheel of her carriage, but voices his disapproval of variety shows. Still, Tod sneaks into the Silver Dollar that night for the show, which is interrupted first by an impromptu performance by saloon girl Maybelle Watkins, then by the appearance of King Carlos and his gang. When James Whitcolm Wyatt, the town's near-sighted sheriff, confronts King Carlos, a brawl breaks out which nearly destroys the saloon. Katie is rescued from the mêlée by Tod, who then takes her out on a moonlight carriage ride. The next day, Katie forces the troupe to attend the local church services, as a show of good faith to the community of Rim Rock. The services are stopped when King Carlos' men arrive and abduct Katie. Jim is then fired as sheriff when he fails to shoot the bandits as they leave, as his double vision makes it impossible for him to distinguish Katie from the outlaws. Jim manages to somehow redeem himself, however, and rescues Katie from King Carlos. Later, during a ceremony held in the Silver Dollar, a new plaque honoring Jim is unveiled. Jim, however, insists that the honor should go to Katie, having "lured" King Carlos into his trap. The show people are then finally accepted by the town, and Katie and Tod are married. +

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

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