Durn-tootin' Saturday matinee fun.
Robert S. Clay Jr. | St. Louis, MO., USA | 05/29/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sturdy Republic Western that emphasizes action over music. The Sons of the Pioneers are nowhere in sight. Roy Rogers is a reformed gunfighter working for Gabby Hayes' snake oil medicine show. In Deadwood, the members of the civic league are in cahoots with a gang of killers. This includes the sheriff and the newspaper editor, who has been waging a bogus war against crime on the editorial page. Villains abound. The honest townspeople enlist Roy's help, and the stage is set for excitement. This B Western is true to its budget restraints. The running time of 53 minutes is a virtue that doesn't let the plot go awry. With the bad guys posing as good citizens and the good guys reduced to social castoffs, the story requires close attention to keep the players straight. Even RR initially wears a black hat. The conflict of warring factions builds to a climactic shoot-out of Hopalong Cassidy proportions. This film is an entertaining blend of Western action and light humor. We are happy to report there is more shootin' and ridin' than in most of RR's later Western musicals. Nobody made Westerns as Republic. ;-)"
"Roy Rogers B-Western Series ... Bad Man of Deadwood (1941)
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 10/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Republic Pictures present "BAD MAN OF DEADWOOD" (5 September 1941) (63 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, at the age of 18 --- played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws and his own group, the International Cowboys --- In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer called "Sons of the Pioneers" --- While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye, then Dick Weston and finally Roy Rogers --- Their songs included "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" --- They first appeared in the western "Rhythm on the Range" (1936), starring Bing Crosby --- In 1937 Roy went solo and made his first starring film in 1938, "Under Western Stars" (1938) --- He made almost 100 films --- then came television, "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951) ran on CBS from October 1951 through September 1964.
Under Joseph Kane (Director / Producer), James R. Webb (Screenwriter), William Nobles (Cinematographer), Cy Feuer (Composer (Music Score), Charles Craft (Editor) - - - - Our story line and plot, Bill Brady (Roy Rogers) arrives in Deadwood as part of a medicine sow and counters a gang o crooks who are trying to keep new compeitive businesses out of town --- but in 1941, guns were still blazing and fist were flying everywhere. George "Gabby" Hayes remains his old reliable self as well and is ably supported by peppy Sally Payne, B-Western history's sole female sidekick --- wen you have Roy and Gabby on the same screen it will be a winner --- Roy was great as always, seems to have a natural born talent for acting and it was probably because he was just being himself - an easy going, decent person of character that good people would follow anywhere --- in this oater he was a man who was trying to put his gun handy ways behind him. Of course, the bad guys wouldn't allow that when they pushed him too far --- some wonderful tunes, CALL OF THE DUSTY TRAIL -- JOE O'GRADY -- SUNDOWN ON THE RANGELAND
the cast includes
Roy Rogers ... Brett Starr aka Bill Brady
Trigger ... "Smartest Horse in the Movies"
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Prof. Mortimer 'Gabby' Blackstone
Carol Adams ... Linda Barrett
Henry Brandon ... Ted Carver
Herbert Rawlinson ... Judge Gary
Sally Payne ... 'Princess' Sally Blackstone
Wally Wales ... Ripper (as Hal Taliaferro)
Jay Novello ... Monte Burns
Horace Murphy ... Seth Belden
Monte Blue ... Sheriff Jordan
Ralf Harolde ... Jake Marvel
Jack Kirk ... Clem Littlejohn
Eddie Acuff ... Gambler
Ernie Adams ... Medicine Show Spectator
Fred Burns ... Colorado Jack Breen
Yakima Canutt ... Stage Driver
Horace B. Carpenter ... Medicine Show Spectator
Spade Cooley ... Musician
Art Dillard ... Stage Guard
Karl Hackett ... Bank President
Tex Harper ... Townsman
Harry Harvey ... Telegrapher Joe
Lloyd Ingraham ... Printer Harry
Rex Lease ... Townsman
Tom London ... Townsman
Jack O'Shea ... Townsman
Pascale Perry ... Stage Guard
Jack Rockwell ... Townsman
Al Taylor ... Andy Baker
Wally West ... Henchman
Bob Woodward ... Stage driver
1. Roy Rogers (aka: Leonard Franklin Slye)
Date of Birth: 5 November 1911 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 6 July 1998 - Apple Valley, California
2. George 'Gabby' Hayes (aka: George Francis Hayes)
Date of Birth: 7 May 1885 - Wellsville, New York
Date of Death: 9 February 1969 - Burbank, California
Check out a new book from Empire Publishing - "THE ROY ROGERS BOOK: A REFERENCE TRIVIA SCRAPBOOK" (Paperback) --- reference trivia scrapbook of Roy Rogers written by Western film historian David Rothel whose accounts of thrilling adventures of B-Western heroes during the Saturday matinees of yesteryear takes us back to our childhood, family and friends --- this is a wish come true, reliving those wonderful years from the past through the pen of David Rothel --- Roy was a top box office draw for Republic Pictures when you went to see him on the big screen, you got exactly what the marquee said --- plenty of thrills, action and hard riding with a song or two thrown in for good measure --- Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 as a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers" and elected again in 1988 as Roy Rogers "King of the Cowboys" --- Roy got his horse "Trigger" in 1938 and rode him in every one of his films and TV shows after that --- "Trigger" died in 1965 age of thirty-three --- Roy's dog's name was "Bullet" and appeared in almost as many of his films as "Trigger" did --- Roy's theme song, "Happy Trails", was written by Queen of the West and his wife Dale Evans --- inducted (with his wife Dale Evans) into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1976 --- inducted as a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1995 just three years before his death --- Don't miss this one --- now appearing on Amazon and Empire Publishing --- Don't hesitate - rush out and pick up your copy today --- Great reading in the days and weeks to come --- I guarantee it!
Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under DVD Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for Film Noir, B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with musical adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Amazon where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 63 min on DVD ~ Republic Pictures ~ (5/03/2004)"