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Song of Texas
Director: Joseph Kane (Dir)
Release Date:   14 Jun 1943
Production Date:   15766
Duration (in mins):   69
Duration (in feet):   6,224
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers)  
    Sheila Ryan (Sue Bennett)  
    Barton MacLane (Jim Calvert)  
    Harry Shannon (Sam Bennett)  
    Pat Brady (Pat)  
    Arline Judge (Hildegarde)  
    William Haade (Fred Calvert)  
    Eve March (Miss Murray)  
    Hal Taliaferro (Pete)  
    Alex Nahera Dancers    
    Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers:    
    Hugh Farr    
    Karl Farr    
    Lloyd Perryman    
  and Tim Spencer    
    Trigger (Roy's horse)  
    Fred Burns (Field judge)  
    Tom London (Field judge)  
    Forrest Taylor (Field judge)  
    Horace Murphy (Notary)  
    Sam Hayes (Announcer)  
    Lolita Del Rocio (Specialty dancer)  
    Carmen Lopez (Specialty dancer)  
    Enrique Valadez (Specialty dancer)  
    Raquel Flores (Specialty dancer)  
    Rena Rio Villon (Specialty dancer)  
    Yvette Duguay (Rosetta)  
    Harry McKim (Sammy)  
    Peter Caldwell (Johnny)  
    Dickie Dillon (Boy)  
    Kelly Flint (Miss Jones)  
    Hank Bell (Driver)  
    Bud Brown (Heavy)  
    George Fiske (Heavy)  
    Ed Jauregui (Heavy)  
    Fox O'Callahan (Heavy)  
    Cliff Parkinson (Heavy)  
    Ted Wells (Heavy)  

Summary: After visiting with sick children in the hospital, rodeo performer Roy Rogers, his horse "Trigger," and pals Bob, Pat and The Sons of the Pioneers, return to the rodeo camp. There Roy learns from his employers, brothers Jim and Fred Calvert, that he will be driving against Sam Bennett in the rodeo's climactic event, which is a chuckwagon race. Sam, a former rodeo great, has fallen upon hard times and desperately needs the five hundred dollars prize money offered by the Calverts. Roy is thrilled to meet his boyhood hero but soon is infuriated when he learns that the Calverts fixed the race by tampering with the wagon they gave Sam to drive. Sam is injured during the resulting wreck, but is more worried about the upcoming arrival of his daughter Sue, whom he has not seen in many years. Sam has led Sue to believe that he is a prosperous ranch owner, and when Roy learns of the situation, he decides to help him. Finally fed up with the Calverts, Roy and the Pioneers quit the rodeo and buy a ranch, which they intend to run while starting their own rodeo. Roy takes Sam along and promises that they will convince Sue that he is the owner of their ranch. Sue, who is a New York City accountant, arrives with her friend Hildegarde and is pleased to see her father apparently doing so well. While Roy and the Pioneers try to convince Sue that they work for Sam, they also contend with the Calverts, who want to take over their ranch and force them to return to the rodeo before they establish their own. After Roy foils the Calverts' attempt to rustle his horses, Sam is forced to tell another lie to Sue, stating that he is Roy's partner and not the sole owner of the ranch, and she demands that they draft a partnership agreement. Roy and Sam agree and have the document prepared, although they intend to tear it up after Sue leaves. Their plan goes awry, however, when Sue, believing that she is helping her father, sells Sam's half of the ranch to Jim Calvert. When Roy and Sam learn of the situation, they try to force Jim to take back his check, but he refuses. He instead offers to hold another chuckwagon race, with the ranch as the prize. Despite the tricks Fred and the other Calvert driver try to pull, Roy wins the race and regains sole ownership of the ranch. Soon after, Roy and the Pioneers receive word that their rodeo has been booked throughout the upcoming season, and Sam happily agrees to act as ranch foreman while they are gone. 

Production Company: Republic Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Republic Pictures Corp.  
Director: Joseph Kane (Dir)
  Art Siteman (Asst dir)
Producer: Harry Grey (Assoc prod)
Writer: Winston Miller (Orig scr)
Photography: Reggie Lanning (Photog)
Art Direction: Russell Kimball (Art dir)
Film Editor: Tony Martinelli (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Charles Thompson (Set dec)
Music: Morton Scott (Mus dir)
Sound: Fred Stahl (Sd)
Country: United States

Songs: "There's a Rainbow Over the Range" and "I Love the Prairie Country," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer; "On the Rhythm Range," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan; "Moonlight and Roses," music and lyrics by Edwin H. Lemare, Ben Black and Neil Moret; "Mexicali Rose," music by Jack B. Tenney, lyrics by Helen Stone; "Blue Bonnet Girl," music and lyrics by Glenn Spencer; "Cielito lindo," traditional.
Composer: Ben Black
  Edwin H. Lemare
  Neil Moret
  Bob Nolan
  Glenn Spencer
  Tim Spencer
  Helen Stone
  Jack B. Tenney
Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Republic Pictures Corp. 2/6/1943 dd/mm/yyyy LP12125 Yes

PCA NO: 9272
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: RCA Sound System

Genre: Western
Sub-Genre: with songs
Subjects (Major): Cowboys
  Fathers and daughters
Subjects (Minor): Accidents

Note: Most of the songs were missing from the print viewed. According to a HR news item, Republic "imported eleven specialty dancers from Mexico City and Guadalajara" to appear in a number to be staged by Alex Nahera. Actress Sheila Ryan was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox for the production. Some scenes were shot on location in Lone Pine, CA. Modern sources include Yakima Canutt, Maxine Doyle and Jack O'Shea in the cast. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   29 May 1943.   
Daily Variety   26 May 43   p. 3.
Film Daily   28 May 43   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   10 Mar 43   p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter   12 Mar 43   p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter   25 Mar 43   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   26 Mar 43   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   26 May 43   p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily   27 May 1943.   
Motion Picture Herald   29 May 1943.   
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   29 May 43   p. 1337.
Variety   2 Jun 43   p. 16.

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