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Out California Way

Out California Way(1946)

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Twelve-year-old Danny McCoy hopes to get his trained horse Pardner a job in movies and asks Rod Mason for help. Rod, renowned for his "Robin Hood of the Range" radio show, is making his first motion picture for Globe Pictures and has no time for the youngster. Disappointed, Danny takes Pardner to the studio gates and meets cowboy Monte Hale, who is also trying to break into show business. Monte and Danny see director George Sheridan and perform an act in which Monte sings and Pardner "dances." Angry because Sheridan does not seem to be paying attention, Danny rides Pardner and urges him to jump a high fence. Pardner clears the obstacle easily, but Danny falls and is injured. Monte then takes Danny home to the McCoy Riding Academy, which is run by Danny's older sister Gloria. There Monte reveals to Danny that Sheridan did like his singing and has hired him to appear in Rod's film, Out California Way . As shooting progresses, Rod grows jealous of Monte, whose role is being increased, while Monte grows worried because Sheridan will not employ Pardner. Because Monte does not have the heart to tell Danny, Johnny, a wrangler on the set, brings Pardner to a location shoot at which a jumping horse is needed. Monte rides Pardner during the scene, and Rod orders his stuntman, Ace Carter, to throw a bundle of dynamite dangerously close to Monte and Pardner. Monte is unharmed, but the blast shatters Pardner's nerves. Unable to inform Danny of the alarming state of Pardner's health, Monte tells him and Gloria that he and Pardner will be heading off for another picture to be shot in Utah as soon as Out California Way is completed. After the wrap party, at which he romances Gloria, Monte takes Pardner to Johnny's ranch to recover. While Monte is caring for Pardner, studio owner E. J. Pierson decides that he wants to star Monte in his own western series and begins searching for him. Rod and Ace are infuriated and scheme against Monte when they learn from Gloria that he is supposedly in Utah with Pardner. Rod reveals that Monte is not on location and accuses him of stealing the horse. Meanwhile, Monte hears that the studio is searching for him and goes to town with Johnny. While they are gone, Rod and Ace arrive and shoot their guns near Pardner's head to again destroy his nerves. When Monte returns to the ranch, at which Rod has assembled the press, he is accused of mistreating the horse. Danny and Gloria are devastated by what they assume is Monte's treachery, and Monte vows to prove that Rod is responsible. Monte and his singing friends, Foy Willing and The Riders of the Purple Sage, sneak onto Rod's new movie location and after a heated battle, force him and Ace to admit their guilt. They arrive at the ranch with the culprits just as Pardner is about to be taken away to be destroyed. After Monte is cleared of all wrongdoing, he again cures Pardner and the pair are signed to a long-term contract with the studio.