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2/3 of perhaps the best and funniest Roy Rogers movie
J. Young | 07/24/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Don't Fence Me is a 5-star Roy Rogers-Dale Evans movie which runs 71 minutes (B&W). This Happy Trails Theatre version cuts out about 19 minutes from the original movie. (An introduction and closing remarks with Roy and Dale done for TV in the 1980's adds about 12 minutes, but the film itself runs about 49 minutes in this eviscerated Happy Trails incarnation.)
The original version of Don't Fence Me In became available in 1998 on Republic VHS AIBN B00000EZWW. The audio on the Happy Trails DVD reviewed here is cleaner, raising hopes for an authentic DVD restoration of the whole film at some point. The 2 stars for this DVD are for better-than-nothing and the audio improvement. However, since songs such as Along the Navajo Trail have been edited out, along with much of the comedy--a 13 minute continuous segement is missing-- much of the benefit of better audio is lost. Get the Republic (not the Happy Trails) VHS instead for a delightful 1945 matinee classic.
Comments on Don't Fence Me In
James M. Whitney | Beavercreek, Ohio USA | 02/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The quality of this video is very good from both visual and sound aspects. In addition this is a full length version with a running time of over 70 minutes as opposed to the 54 minute TV version found in some earlier video releases. This is one of the very best Roy Rogers films. An outstanding performance as the retired outlaw Wildcat Kelly by "Gabby" Hayes adds considerably to the value of this film. This is a must for Roy Rogers' fans"
The Best Roy Rogers Video
James M. Whitney | 01/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video is probibly the best Roy Rogers video there is. Dale Evans is an Eastern reporter/photographer who goes west to find the true story of the long dead Wild Cat Kelly. She meets Roy and Gabby and messes things up for them, but in the end everything works out. Roy and Dale have some funny scenes together and Gabby does a wonderful job. Some of the great songs include Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Along the Navajo Trial and the title song by Cole Porter ."
sadoldfart | Milton Keynes, England | 03/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just brings back memories of childhood. Get this one rather than the 'Roy Rogers Theatre' version. No idle chat or cuts. Lovely!"
"Roy Rogers B-Western Series ... Don't Fence Me In (1945) ..
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 11/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Republic Pictures presents "DON'T FENCE ME IN" (20 October 1945) (62 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 Jon English (Director), Donald H. Brown (Producer), John K. Butler (Screenwriter), Dorrell McGowan (Screenwriter), Stuart E. McGowan (Screenwriter), William Bradford (Cinematographer), R. Dale Butts (Composer (Music Score), Dick Charles (Songwriter), Eddie de Lange (Songwriter), R. Herman (Songwriter), Billy Hill (Featured Music), M.K. Kerome (Songwriter), Zeke Manners (Songwriter), Larry Marks (Songwriter), Bob Nolan (Songwriter), Cole Porter (Songwriter / Composer (Music Score), Jack Scholl (Songwriter), Morton Scott (Musical Direction/Supervision / Composer (Music Score), Morton Shore (Songwriter), Freddie Slack & His Orchestra (Songwriter), F. Victor (Songwriter), Charles Craft (Editor), Hilyard M. Brown (Art Director), Marie Arthur (Set Designer), John McCarthy (Set Designer), Adele Palmer (Costume Designer), Bob Mark (Makeup), Larry Ceballos (Choreography) - - - - Our story line and plot, One of Roy's best Westerns in which Dale Evans portrays a pushy magazine photographer trying to dig up information on Wildcat Kelly, a bad man supposedly shot and buried forty years ago --- John English's direction keeps the action and comedy moving --- Roy sings the title song that he introduced in Hollywood Canteen(1944) --- Roy takes her for a ride in one hilarious scene with a Stagecoach --- Gabby plays dead, coffin and all, in one of the funniest scenes he's ever done --- Dale shows off her singing and acting talents and she was excellent as a hard boiled newspaper woman who starts to soften over time when she meets Roy (probably not too far from real life as a cautious Hollywood actress who gets a proposal from the famous Roy Rogers) --- Must recommend the Happy Trails DVDs to you --- Each one has new information about Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and each actor or director in the film --- If you are a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans fan like me you will totally enjoy all the extra footage showing Roy and Dale going to parades and visiting children in hospitals, the story of Roy proposing marriage to Dale, and more inside info also about the family --- Each film starts out with Roy and Dale seated on a small stage back around 1987 talking about the sagebrush films they are showing --- some wonderful tunes, DON'T FENCE ME IN -- TUMBLIN' TUMBLEWEEDS -- MY LITTLE BUCKAROO -- LAST ROUNDUP -- A KISS GOOD NIGHT -- CHOO-CHOO POLKA -- ALONG THE NAVAJO TRAIL -- LIGHTS OF OLD SANTA FE -- COMING THRU THE RYE -- COOCH DANCE.
the cast includes Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers Trigger ... "Smartest Horse in the Movies" George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittaker, aka Wildcat Kelly Dale Evans ... Reporter Toni Ames Robert Livingston ... Jack Chandler Moroni Olsen ... Henry Bennett, aka Harry Benson Marc Lawrence ... Clifford Anson Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Prentiss (as Lucille Gleason) Andrew Tombes ... Cartwright Paul Harvey ... Governor Thomas Tom London ... Ben Duncan, Sheriff of Twin Wells Douglas Fowley ... Jack Gordon Steve Barclay ... Tracy (as Stephen Barclay) Edgar Dearing ... Chief of Police Bob Nolan ... Bob Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians Ken Carson ... Kenny Geraldine Farnum ... Dancer Hugh Farr ... Hugh Karl Farr ... Karl Shug Fisher ... Shug Tim Spencer ... Tim Helen Talbot ... Dancer Ray Teal ... State Investigator
BIOS: 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. Dale Evans (aka: Frances Octavia Smith) Date of Birth: 31 October 1912, Uvalde, Texas Date of Death: 7 February 2001, Apple Valley, California
3. 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: 62 min on VHS/DVD ~ Republic Pictures ~ (7/13/2004)"