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Idaho
Director: Joseph Kane (Dir)
Release Date:   10 Mar 1943
Production Date:   14 Dec 1942--early Jan 1943
Duration (in mins):   70
Duration (in feet):   6,252
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers)  
    Smiley Burnette (Frog Millhouse)  
    Bob Nolan   and The Sons of the Pioneers:
    Pat Brady    
    Hugh Farr    
    Karl Farr    
    Tim Spencer    
  and Lloyd Perryman    
    Virginia Grey (Terry Grey)  
    Harry J. Shannon (Judge John Grey, previously known as Tom Allison)  
    Ona Munson (Belle Bonner)  
    Dick Purcell (Duke Springer)  
    Onslow Stevens (Chief ranger)  
    Arthur Hohl (Spike Madagan)  
    Hal Taliaferro (Bud)  
    The Robert Mitchell Boychoir    
    Trigger (Roy's horse)  
    Grace Poggi (Dancer)  
    Igor DeNavrotsky (Dancer)  
    Jack Ingram (Heavy)  
    Tom London (Heavy)  
    Rex Lease (Heavy)  
    Lynton Brent (Guard)  
    Jack O'Shea (Truck driver)  
    Jack Kirk (Bus driver)  
    Earle Hodgins (Bartender)  
    Harry Holman (Fat man)  
    Karl Hackett (Minister)  
    Gus Glassmire (Stevens)  
    Ellen Lowe (Hatchet-faced woman)  
    Bess Flowers (Nice matron)  
    Forrest Taylor (Clem)  
    George Anderson (Supervisor)  
    Hooper Atchley (Supervisor)  
    Fred Burns (Supervisor)  
    Jack Mulhall (Supervisor)  
    Al Bridge (Jailer)  
    Tris Coffin (Blackie)  
    Eddie Kane (Pete)  
    Roy Barcroft    

Summary: Community leader Judge John Grey, who operates a ranch in Idaho to rehabilitate wayward boys, crusades to close a gambling establishment owned by Belle Bonner. One evening, Grey throws a party to celebrate his daughter Terry's birthday, and while Terry is turning down the marriage proposals of Rangers Roy Rogers and Bob, Grey is confronted by Belle. She offers to fund Grey's efforts to help the boys if he will leave her alone, but he refuses her offer. After Belle leaves, Grey is still in his office when criminals Spike Madagan and Duke Springer enter through the back door. Unknown to Terry or any of Grey's friends, Grey is a reformed bank robber named Tom Allison. Madagan and Springer, his former partners, threaten to reveal his past if Grey does not help them hide from their pursuers, for they have just committed a robbery and murder, but Grey refuses, saying he is not afraid of Terry finding out that he is an ex-convict. The pair knock him out and escape, and upon reaching Belle's casino, tell her about Grey's identity. The next day, Grey is confronted again by Belle, but despite her threat to tell the townspeople about him, Grey urges the town council to close her casino. Belle then instructs Springer and Madagan to hold up the local bank and plant evidence to implicate Grey. A bystander is killed during the robbery, which is quickly blamed on Tom Allison. Grey confesses his past to Roy but swears that although he does not have an alibi, he is not the culprit in this case. Roy promises to procure evidence of Belle, Madagan and Springer's guilt, but Grey's past is nonetheless revealed by Terry, who was trying to catch Allison in order to use the reward money for the boys. Roy quits the Rangers when Bob refuses to listen to his protests and arrests Grey. Roy then rescues Grey from a lynch mob arranged by Belle and her men, and with the aid of Frog Millhouse, one of Grey's ranch hands, discovers that the gang is going to steal a payroll shipment and blame the judge. After Frog and Grey, who have been captured by the gang, are taken to the robbery site, Roy persuades Bob to help him foil the theft. They are joined by a posse consisting of Terry and her young charges, and succeed in stopping the crime and rescuing Grey and Frog. Roy then captures the fleeing Springer and Madagan, who along with Belle, are later convicted of robbery and murder. During a celebratory party, Bob and Grey are reconciled, and Terry finally accepts Roy's marriage proposal. 

Production Company: Republic Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Republic Pictures Corp.  
Director: Joseph Kane (Dir)
  Art Siteman (Asst dir)
Producer: Joseph Kane (Assoc prod)
Writer: Roy Chanslor (Orig scr)
  Olive Cooper (Orig scr)
Photography: Reggie Lanning (Photog)
Art Direction: Russell Kimball (Art dir)
Film Editor: Arthur Roberts (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Charles Thompson (Set dec)
Music: Morton Scott (Mus dir)
Country: United States

Songs: "Idaho," music and lyrics by Jesse Stone; "Lone Buckaroo" and "Stop," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan; "Don Juan," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer; "Home on the Range," music by Dr. Brewster M. Higley, lyrics by Daniel E. Kelly; "Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord Almighty," based on "Nicaea," music by John Bacchus Dykes, lyrics by Reginald Heber; "Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo, Git Along Little Dogies," traditional.
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes
  Reginald Heber
  Dr. Brewster M. Higley
  Daniel E. Kelly
  Bob Nolan
  Tim Spencer
  Jesse Stone

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Republic Pictures Corp. 3/3/1943 dd/mm/yyyy LP11901 Yes

PCA NO: 9080
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: RCA Sound System

 
Genre: Western
Sub-Genre: with songs
 
Subjects (Major): Criminals
  Ex-convicts
  Frame-ups
  Judges
  Rangers
 
Subjects (Minor): Adolescents
  Bank robberies
  Birthdays
  Chases
  Fathers and daughters
  Gambling
  Idaho
  Lynching
  Mobs
  Murder
  Proposals (Marital)
  Ranches
  Romantic rivalry
  Women in business

Note: According to HR news items, the rights to Jesse Stone's song "Idaho" were originally bought by Republic for a film about the state's history, which was to star John Wayne. Other HR news items reported that although the studio wanted to film the picture on location in Idaho, the plan was abandoned due to "extreme uncertainty of transportation [due to wartime shortages], accomodations, the closing of Sun Valley...and the exceptionally heavy snowfall in the northern mountains." The picture was instead photographed in Kernville, CA. Modern sources include James Bush in the cast. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   20 Feb 1943.   
Daily Variety   15 Feb 43   p. 3.
Film Daily   18 Feb 43   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   29 Jun 42   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   15 Oct 42   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Nov 42   p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter   3 Dec 42   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   4 Dec 42   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   10 Dec 42   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Dec 42   p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter   14 Dec 42   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   22 Dec 42   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   23 Dec 42   p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter   24 Dec 42   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   4 Jan 43   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   15 Feb 43   p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily   16 Feb 1943.   
Motion Picture Herald   20 Feb 1943.   
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   13 Feb 43   p. 1162.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   20 Feb 43   p. 1169.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   20 Mar 43   p. 1218.
Variety   17 Feb 43   p. 14.

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