"Roy Rogers B-Western Series ... Jesse James at Bay (1941) .
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 10/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Republic Pictures present "JESSE JAMES AT BAY" (18 September 1941) (60 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), Harry Jacobs (Short Story Author), James R. Webb (Screenwriter), William Nobles (Cinematographer), Tony Martinelli (Editor) - - - - Our story line and plot, In this fictional story, Jesse James (Roy Rogers) plays a Robin Hood role as he and the sheriff foil the efforts of the railroad and a crooked banker to cheat farmers out of their land --- in the last of his historical features, Roy plays a dual role.--- He plays both Jesse James and the identical bad-guy Clint Burns --- The case of mistaken identity causes some problems for Jesse as he gets put in jail, then accused of burning down Gabby's house --- Gale Storm plays a newspaper reporter who is trying to get the scoop on Jesse --- together she and Roy capture the James Gang --- Gale Storm and Sally Payne are actually quite funny as the lady reporters --- our King of the Cowboys wound up portraying a number of historical men of the West in his oaters --- If you liked this, you might want to catch him as "Young Bill Hickok" (1940), "Days of Jesse James" (1939), Young Buffalo Bill (1940) and "Jesse James at Bay" (1941) --- some wonderful tunes, WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE RANGE -- JUST FOR YOU -- OLD CHISHOLM TRAIL.
the cast includes
Roy Rogers ... Jesse James/Clint Burns
Trigger ... "Smartest Horse in the Movies"
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Sheriff Gabby Whittaker
Sally Payne ... Polly Morgan
Pierre Watkin ... Phineas Kraeger, Land Dealer
Ivan Miller ... Judge Rutherford
Wally Wales ... Paul Sloan, Lawyer (as Hal Taliaferro)
Gale Storm ... Jane Fillmore, 'St. Louis Journal' Reporter
Roy Barcroft ... Henchman Vern Stone
Jack Kirk ... Henchman Rufe Balder
Hank Bell ... Charlie Davis
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Young Davis
Fred Burns ... Homesteader
Budd Buster ... Homesteader
Karl Hackett ... Homesteader
Lloyd Ingraham ... Card Player
Rex Lease ... Henchman Gregg
Cactus Mack ... Townsman
Art Mix ... Henchman
Jack O'Shea ... Burt, Townsman
Pascale Perry ... Townsman
Jack Rockwell ... Townsman
Al Taylor ... Frank James
Bob Woodward ... Henchman
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: 60 min on DVD ~ Republic Pictures ~ (6/24/2003)"