Roy Rogers


Roy Rogers:  1911 – 1998:

Leonard Franklin Slye, who became famous as Roy Rogers, was a singer and cowboy actor. He and his third wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German shepherd, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies  and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured two sidekicks, Pat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle"), and the crotchety Gabby Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West."

 For many Americans (and non-Americans), he was the embodiment of the all-American hero. From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in western films, including a large supporting role as a singing cowboy while still billed as "Leonard Slye" in a Gene Autry movie. In 1938 when Autry temporarily walked out on his movie contract, Slye was immediately rechristened "Roy Rogers" and assigned the lead in Under Western Stars.  Rogers became a matinee idol and American legend. A competitor for Gene Autry was suddenly born. In addition to his own movies, Rogers played a supporting role in the JohnWayne classic Dark Command (1940), a harrowing fictionalization of Quantrill'sRaiders. 

Rogers became a major box office attraction, and Dale Evans was cast in a movie with him in 1945. 

1a.  Under Western Stars (1938) - Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers plays the son of a late Congressman who fought on behalf of the small ranchers who are being starved out because of the dam the water power company has built and the exorbitant rates being charged.

1b. Arizona Kid, The (1939) – Roy Rogers:

Roy and Gabby deliver horses to Missouri in 1861. When the war breaks out, they become confederate scouts. When the rebel McBride and his gang of murderers attack them, Roy is shot and left for dead. One of McBride's raiders is Dave who is a friend of Roy and he returns to save him. Later Roy captures McBride's gang including Dave and has to have them executed. Then he heads after McBride.

 2.  In Old Caliente (1939) – Roy Rogers:

Don Jose's foreman Sujarto is an informer for an outlaw gang. After Don Jose's son Carlos is robbed, Roy and Gabby find the outlaws but end up captured and blamed for the robbery. They get even deeper into trouble when Sujarto kills Don Jose and blames Roy. They are able to escape and Roy convinces Carlos that Sujarto killed his father. Roy then has a plan that will bring Sujarto and the gang into the open.

3.  Billy the Kid Returns (1938) – Roy Rogers

After Pat Garrett kills Billy the Kid, Billy's look-alike Roy Rogers arrives and is mistaken for him. Although a murderer, Billy was on the side of the homesteaders against the large ranchers. As Billy's death is unknown, Roy gets Garrett to let him pose as Billy to continue the fight, but without the killing.


4.  Rough Riders' Round-up (1939) – Roy Rogers:

When Roy, Rusty, and Tommy join the Border Patrol, Tommy gets killed in a saloon fight by Arizona Jack. Suspended from duty, Roy and Rusty cross the border looking for the killer. Arizona Jack and mining engineer Lanning are running a gold smuggling racket and when Roy and Rusty find Arizona's hideout, his gang captures them and they are slated to be killed.

5.  Days of Jesse James (1939) - Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers has been sent to bring in Jesse James. After Wyatt's bank is robbed and Jesse is blamed, Roy is able to work himself into Jesse's gang. Learning that Jesse does not have the banks money, Roy realizes Wyatt robbed his own bank posing as Jesse. 

Roy now sets a trap for Wyatt that he hopes will recover the money.

6.  Southward, Ho! (1939) – Roy Rogers:

Reb soldiers Roy (Roy Rogers) and Gabby (George Hayes) return to Texas after the Civil War. The Union Colonel (Wade Boteler) they find in command is a fair man but his subordinate Captain (Arthur Loft) and his men are out to rob and cheat the Texans


7.  Frontier Pony Express (1939) - Roy Rogers

In the midst of the Civil War, Lassiter (Edward Keane) has a plan to get control of California. Working out of St. Joseph, he plans to send forged messages to the troops on the west coast via Pony Express. First he attempts to bribe Pony Express ride Roy Rogers.  When Roy refuses he turns to the outlaw Johnson (Noble Johnson) and his gang and this leads to trouble.  In the midst of the Civil War, Lassiter (Edward Keane) has a plan to get control of California. Working out of St. Joseph, he plans to send forged messages to the troops on the west coast via Pony Express.  First he attempts to bribe Pony Express ride Roy Rogers.  When Roy refuses he turns to the outlaw Johnson (Noble Johnson) and his gang and this leads to trouble.

8.  Colorado (1940) - Roy Rogers:

U. S. Army Intelligence Service Lieutenant Jerry Burke (Roy Rogers) is sent to Denver to investigate Indian uprisings and internal trouble which threaten the success of the Union cause. He is accompanied by his sidekick Gabby Whittaker (George Hayes). 

On the westward-bound stagecoach, they meet Lylah Stanford (Pauline Moore) and Etta Mae (Maude Eburne). Lylah is on her way to Denver to be married

9.  Carson City Kid (1940) - Roy Rogers and Bob Steele:

Roy Rogers, posing as The Carson City Kid, is seeking vengeance on Morgan Reynolds (Bob Steele), the man who killed his brother.  To find Reynolds in the gold towns, he systematically stops stagecoaches and goes through the mail, hoping to find letters addressed to Reynolds and thusly learn his whereabouts. Thus "The Kid" earns the reputation of a stagecoach robber, although he never takes anything, and the reputation is enhanced by the fact that he travels with Laramie (Francis McDonald), a notorious half-breed outlaw.

10a.  The Ranger and the Lady (1940) - Roy Rogers

Texas Ranger Captain Roy Colt (Roy Rogers) disapproves of the tactics of his superior, General Augustus LaRue (Henry Brandon), who is governing the Republic of Texas temporarily while Sam Houston (Davison Clark) is in Washington trying to get Texas admitted into the United States.  LaRue is seeking to advance his own power, and he arbitrarily sets a tax on all wagons using the Santa Fe Trail and orders Captain Colt and his Sergeant, Gabby Whittaker (George "Gabby" Hayes), to enforce this ruling. 

Colt, knowing that if he refuses he will be in no position to combat LaRue's outrageous plans, plays along.

10b. West of the Badlands (1940) - Roy Rogers [AKA The Border Legion]
Wanted by the law in New York, Dr. Steve Kells (Roy Rogers) heads west and arrives in an area controlled by an outlaw gang known as the Border Legion. When the gang's boss is wounded, they kidnap Kells and force him to remove the bullet. Not allowed to leave and being a wanted man, he joins the gang. Now wanted as a gang member also, he nevertheless plans a raid that will lead the entire gang into a trap.

11.  Nevada City (1941) – Roy Rogers:

The conflict between a railroader and a stage-line owner is being aggravated by bad guys who are sabotaging both sides. Roy and Gabby mediate the conflict and expose the bad guys.

12Young Bill Hickok (1940) – Roy Rogers:

A Bill Hickok (Roy Rogers), assisted by Calamity Jane, is after a foreign agent and his guerrilla band.

13.  Young Buffalo Bill (1940) – Roy Rogers:

Bill Cody (Roy Rogers) and friend Gabby Whitaker (George Hayes) are called on by the US Army to survey the New Mexico territory.  Don Regas (Hugh Sothern) is not happy with the survey since he feels that the Army is out to cheat or rob him of his rightful land, but is assured by Cody that all will be fair.  The Don's friend Emelio Montez (Trevor Bardette) is actually trying to acquire part of the Don's land since there is a rich gold mine on the property and calls on his half-brother, a renegade Indian chief Akuna (Chief Thundercloud) to kill the Don so that the claim will be open and ready for filing, especially when the surveyor is in the debt to Montez and fixes the boundaries so the land is open for anyone to file. When Cody learns of Montez' plot, he races to protect the claim as well as the Don's daughter Tonia (Pauline Moore) from Akuna's wrath.


14.  Sheriff of Tombstone (1941) – Roy Rogers:

The mayor (Addison Richards) has sent for a gunslinger (Harry Woods) who, though appearing to clean up the town, is really to be the mayor's means of taking the town over. When Roy Rogers and Gabby (George Hayes) arrive in Tombstone, Roy is mistaken for the gunslinger.

15.  Bad Man of Deadwood (1941) – Roy Rogers & Gabby Hayes

Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, and Sally Payne are members of "Professor Blackstone's Medicine Show".
Their offering of tuneful entertainment and elixir receives a poor reception in the town of
Deadwood, led by Bad Man Hal Taliaferro (as Ripper). They decide to stick around and extinguish the "Bad Man of Deadwood" and his wicked gang.


16a.  Jesse James at Bay (1941) - Roy Rogers

Jesse James' double (Roy Rogers) is pillaging the countryside.

16b.   Red River Valley (1941) - Roy Rogers 
Ranchers, with the help of Roy Rogers, raise money to build a reservoir but lose it to a gambler through a crooked stock deal.
17a. Ridin' Down the Canyon (1942) - Roy .Rogers 

When a gang of rustlers steal a herd from Alice Blake (Linda Hayes), her kid brother Bobbie (Robert 'Buzz' Henry), sets out to get help from his radio favorites, Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, and the Sons of the Pioneers, who are en route to Lariat Lodge to play a one-night stand

17b.  Texas Legionnaires (1943) - Roy Rogers (AKA The Man from Music Mountain)

Roy returns home to fine a range feud between the cattlemen and the sheepmen. When his friend is killed he finds the rifle had a defective pin. 

He learns the rifle belongs to a ranch hand named Barker (Jay Novello) and that a third party has caused the feud. When he captures outlaws trying to blow up a dam, he claims Barker was the killer. But Barker has switched rifles and the outlaws now accuse Roy and Roy finds himself in trouble.

18.  Silver Spurs (1943) – Roy Rogers:

Roy's boss has inherited a very large ranch but the will keeps him from selling it although his widow could. Lucky Miller is out to get control of the ranch so he has a girl come west to marry him. Then after the wedding he has his henchman kill the owner. Roy is nearby and when the murder gun is switched with his, Roy finds himself in jail.

19.  Idaho (1943) - Roy Rogers:

The story concerns a respected judge (Harry Shannon) who is trying to clean up a saloon run by the notorious Belle Bonner (Ona Munson).  Belle has discovered some secrets about the judge's past, and she has her brutish accomplices try to frame the judge for some of their own crimes.  Deputy Roy Rogers trusts the judge, but his boss does not, setting up a fast-paced if mostly predictable story


20.  South of Santa Fe (1942) – Roy Rogers:

To get the three needed business men to visit the Stevens mine, Roy stages a ride with the Vacaros and has them as honored guests. Seeing a chance to make a lot of money, gangster Harmon joins the ride and then has his men kidnap the three. Having filmed a fake holdup earlier, he uses the film to convince the Sheriff that Roy and the boys were the Kidnapers.

21.  Sunset Serenade (1942) – Roy Rogers:

Sunset Serenade finds Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers lending a hand to Helen Parrish who is the guardian of an infant who inherits a ranch. Joan Woodbury was the housekeeper in the Gale Sondergaard tradition to the previous owner and she's disappointed that she got left out of the will.


22.  King of the Cowboys (1943) - Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette and the Sons of the Pioneers go undercover to help Texas Governor Russell Hicks stop World War II Axis sympathizers from blowing up U.S. warehouses.

23.  Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Chip (Mary Lee) has inherited a supposedly worthless gold mine from her father and Craig Allen is about to buy it. Roy suspects the mine may be valuable and using a clue left by Chip's father, investigates. He finds the hidden shaft that contains the gold and with the posse chasing him on a trumped up robbery charge, races to town with ore samples hoping to get there before the ownership is transferred.

24.  Song of Nevada (1944) - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans:

When John Barrabbee's (Thurston Hall) plane makes an emergency landing, he wanders off and joins Roy's cattle drive.  Later he learns he was killed when his plane resumed its flight and crashed. He also learns his daughter (Dale Evans) is going to sell his ranch and marry a man he dislikes. So he gives Roy a job on the ranch and sends him off to see if he can prevent both of these events while he remains in hiding.

25.  Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944) - Roy Rogers:

Gabby Whittaker and Madden rodeo's are competing for bookings. When Gabby gets a date in Albuquerque, Madden has his man destroy his equipment. Roy Rogers finds a broken rawhide rope at the scene and uses it to bring Madden to justice. 

26.  Hands Across the Border (1944) - Roy Rogers:  Horse breeders Adams (Joseph Crehan) and Brock (Onslow Stevens) are vying for the Army contract. When Adams is killed trying to ride his horse Trigger, Roy saves the horse from being shot. He trains him and then plans to ride him in the race to win the contract.

27a.  The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944) - Roy Rogers

Insurance Investigator Roy is looking for Weston (Harry Shannon) and the missing money he supposedly obtained in a robbery. When he catches him and listens to his story, he changes his mind about him. A freak accident locates the missing money box and they find the seal unbroken. Roy then announces the box will be opened at the showboat that evening.

27b.  Come On, Rangers (1938) - Roy Rogers -

Disbanded Texas Rangers are gathered together to help the U.S. Cavalry put an end to marauding outlaws.

Roy Rogers is a newspaper reporter. He goes to Cheyenne to cover the activities of supposed bad guy Arapahoe Brown (George 'Gabby' Hayes). Roy, of course, discovers who the real bad guy is.

28b.  Sunset on the Desert (1942) - Roy Rogers

Roy is mistaken for a bad guy expected by the local outlaw gang. He goes undercover to pin the goods on the bad guys. Just as he is about to do so, the real bad guy shows up.

Roy Rogers has been managing the Bar X ranch for Dorothy (Dale Evans), with the Sons of the Pioneers as ranchhands, and the well-equipped, profitable Bar X is a far cry from the rundown, rocky ranch that adjoins it that belongs to Roy's friend Gabby Whittaker (George Hayes).  Cattle broker Ben Bowman (Grant Withers) approaches Roy with a proposition to fleece Dorothy and split the profits, and Roy has a fight with Bowman and his henchman Steve Lacey (Hal Taliaferro).  When the girls arrive, Roy is dismayed to learn that Dorothy intends to sell the ranch, and to restrain her from such a foolish action as getting rid of a profitable ranch, he and Gabby and the Pioneers trick her into believing that Gabby's run-down spread is the Bar X.


29.  My Pal Trigger (1946) – Roy Rogers:

Gabby Hayes refuses to breed his horse the Golden Sovereign with Roy's. When the Sovereign and Roy's horse escape, Skoville shoots the Sovereign by mistake but Roy is blamed and jailed. A year later Roy returns with Trigger, the son of the Sovereign. When Skoville slips and reveals he was present when the horse was shot, Roy sees a chance to clear his name.

30.  Song of Arizona (1946) - Roy Rogers

Gabby Hayes’ ranch for wayward boys is in financial trouble. One of his boys, Chip (Tommy Cook) is hiding stolen money sent by his father the outlaw leader King Blaine (Lyle Talbot). After Blaine is killed, Chip decides to pay off Gabby's debt with this money, but trouble arises when the remaining gang members arrive looking for the loot.


31.  Home in Oklahoma (1946) - Roy Rogers

Flying U ranch owner Sam Talbot is killed by a fall from a horse. St. Louis reporter Connie Edwards (Dale Evans) comes to check a rumor that he might have been murdered. She goes to Roy Rogers, editor of the local newspaper, and he takes her to the reading of Talbot's will. The ranch is left to Talbot's 12-year-old ward, Duke Lowery (Lanny Rees), much to the dismay of Talbot's niece, Jan Holloway (Carol Hughes). After some attempts on Duke's life, Roy finally proves that Jan, Steve McClory (George Meeker) and coroner Jim Judnick (Arthur Space) had Talbot killed and are conspiring to do the same for Duke, making Jan the last heir.

32. Heldorado (1946) - Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers, a Nevada State Ranger Captain in charge of the Rangers Reclamation Service, makes a trip to Las Vegas for the annual Heldorado Frontier Days Festival, as he wants to help his old friend Gabby Whittaker who originated the idea.  In Las Vegas, Roy meets heiress Carol Randall, who has been selected as the Queen of the Heldorado. Roy is informed that the F.B.I. wants an immediate investigation of the counterfeit thousand dollar bills that are being passed over the gambling tables at the casino.

33.  Bells of San Angelo (1947) – Roy Rogers: (Color)

Along the Mexican border, Roy joins Western novelist Dale in a search for smugglers.

34.  Apache Rose (1947) - Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers is an oil prospector who wants to get rights to drill for oil on a promising piece of land. Dale Evans (as Billie) sails a local tugboat named "Apache Rose" and Olin Howlin is Mr. Rogers' lovable old codger friend "Alkali".  Bob Nolan and the "Sons of the Pioneers" are around when necessary. Gamblers aboard the boat "Casino Del Mar" aka "S.S. Casino" are the main adversaries, led by George Meeker (as Reed Calhoun).


35. Springtime In The Sierras (1947) - Roy Rogers

A gang, headed by evil Stephanie Bachelor, is slaughtering game out of season. Roy finds the freezer where the meat is kept, but baddie Roy Barcroft finds him there. A famous fight takes place in the freezer. 

36.  Under California Stars (1948) – Roy Rogers:

Rancher Roy and his boys track down a gang who have stolen Trigger and are holding him for ransom.

37.  Eyes of Texas (1948) - Roy Rogers:

A ranch owner (Francis Ford) turns his place into a home for boys who have lost their fathers in World War II. His evil female lawyer (Nana Bryant) covets the ranch and works in cahoots with Ford's long-lost nephew and a pack of killer dogs to get it. U.S. Marshal Roy Rogers works to put an end to her plans.

38.  Bells of Coronado (1950) - Roy Rogers   [COLOR]
When a mines proprietary shipping a load uranium is attacked,  Roy Rogers is an insurance investigator who is looking into the theft.  He must prevent the thieves from taking off in a plane with the stolen uranium ore.

39.  On the Old Spanish Trail (1947) - Roy Rogers 

With a $10,000 note Roy co-signed for the Pioneers due, Roy plans to get the money from the reward for the capture of the Gypsy (Tito Guízar). After he captures him he lets him go realizing he is innocent and it's not long before the real outlaws show their hand.

40.  Night Time in Nevada (1948) - Roy Rogers

Twenty years earlier Farrell (Grant Withers) killed his mining partner Andrews.
Now Andrews daughter (Adele Mara) arrives to get her father's trust fund. Farrell having rustled Roy's cattle now takes her money from her Lawyer and lets her overhear false information of their next rustling job. With the posse at the wrong location, his men attack the cattle train and Roy on board find himself greatly outnumbered.

41.  Along the Navajo Trail (1945) Roy Rogers  Dale Evans - Gabby is the foreman of the Ladder A Ranch, where the owners are looking for a little help fighting their lawless competitor. Roy arrives and tries to sort the mess, no one knowing he is an undercover Deputy Marshal. He scores points when he enters in time to rescue Dale from a sinking buckboard stuck in a pond.

42.  Man From Oklahoma (1945) Roy Rogers Dale Evans - Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, seeking fame in New York City, come home to Oklahoma to help stop a feud between Gabby and Dale's grandmother.

43.  Grand Canyon Trail (1948) - Roy Rogers - Sintown is just a deserted ghost town until Vanerpool starts looking for silver. Cookie (Andy Devine) and Roy's partners put $20,000 into the business only to find that the mine is worthless and Vanerpool is bankrupt. Carol comes out to look for silver to save the company, but does not know that their engineer, named Regan, is crooked and wants all the silver for himself. But only Old Ed knows where the mother lode is located. 

44.  The Golden Stallion (1949) Roy Rogers ,  Dale Evans [Color] - Diamonds are being smuggled across the border from Mexico in a specially made shoe of a palomino mare. One of the smugglers is killed when the mare runs off. The sheriff blames Trigger for the death. To keep his horse from being destroyed, Roy confesses and goes to jail. 

45.  Night Time in Nevada (1948) - Roy Rogers - Twenty years earlier Farrell (Grant Withers)  killed his mining partner Andrews. Now Andrews daughter arrives to get her father's trust fund. Farrell having rustled Roy's cattle now takes her money from her Lawyer and lets her overhear false information of their next rustling job. With the posse at the wrong location, his men attack the cattle train and Roy on board find himself greatly outnumbered.

46.  Sunset in the West (1950) [Color] Roy Rogers - Near the border, outlaws are hijacking trains and using them to transport large quantities of rifles. Roy gets involved when the train that was to pick up his cattle fails to stop. Helping out the Sheriff, Roy brings in a suspect. He identifies him as a wanted man but the outlaw escapes with Roy as a hostage. Roy is taken to the gang leader's house where another hijacking is being planned. They also plan to get rid of Roy.  [Added]

47. Heart Of The Golden West (1942) - Roy Rogers - Lambert owns the trucking line that ships cattle to market. When he raises his rates Roy decides to ship the cattle on the River Boat. When Lambert and his men are unable to stop the boat, they rustle the cattle.  [Added]

48. Sons of the Pioneers (1942) - Night raiders are burning down the ranchers' barns and poisoning their cattle. Sheriff Gabby, unable to cope, goes east to get help from Roy Rogers, descendant of two famous sheriffs. Roy is a young entomologist who would rather study bugs than strap on guns. He finally gives in to Gabby's wishes and ends the terror.   [Added]


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