Silver Spurs


1h 8m 1943

Brief Synopsis

Roy's boss has inherited a very large ranch but the will keeps him from selling it although his widow could. Lucky Miller is out to get control of the ranch so he has a girl come west to marry him. Then after the wedding he has his henchman kill the owner. Roy is nearby and when the murder gun is switched with his, Roy finds himself in jail.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 12, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,122ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Newspaper editor Bulldog Bailey, reporter Mary Hardigan and Lonely Hearts Club correspondent Mildred "Millie" Love become suspicious when cowhand Buck Walters arrives in the newspaper office and requests a mail-order bride for his boss, wealthy rancher Jerry Johnson. Knowing that Jerry is a wild-living playboy, Mary suspects that the arrangement is a set-up to bilk him out of his inheritance and agrees to investigate by posing as the bride. Millie accompanies Mary and Buck north to the Frontier Lodge, which is owned by Lucky Miller. Mary is unaware of how accurate her suspicions are, for Lucky desires to obtain control of Jerry's ranch, through which an oil drillers' collective wants to run a railroad spur line. Due to the conditions of his father's will, Jerry is unable to sell his land, but Lucky intends to kill him after he is married and then obtain the ranch from the widow. The drunken Jerry has agreed to marry as a lark and is pleased to see how pretty Mary is. Mary and Millie also meet Jerry's foreman, Roy Rogers, and Roy's pal, Frog Millhouse. Roy has been trying to get Jerry to sign a right-of-way that will allow the spur line to go through, but Jerry constantly changes his mind, usually at Lucky's instigation. Fed up with Jerry's contrary nature, Roy quits, and the day after Mary's arrival, prepares to leave the ranch with Frog and their fellow workers, The Sons of the Pioneers. Mary, who has been forced to go through with the wedding, is now married to Jerry, but with Millie's help, tries to get Frog and Roy to take them back to the city. Jerry misunderstands and a fight with Roy ensues, during which Steve Corlan, one of Lucky's henchmen, shoots and kills Jerry and replaces Roy's rifle with the murder weapon. Sheriff Barton attempts to arrest Roy, even though Roy's own rifle has a distinctive notch on it, thereby proving that the murder weapon is not his. Roy and his friends then escape in order to find the real killer. Soon after, Mary sees Roy's rifle in Lucky's tackroom, but when she telephones the news to Bailey, Lucky learns that she is a reporter. Steve attempts to kill Mary and Millie, but they are rescued by Roy and taken to his ghost town hideout. Roy and Frog then capture Buck, but he is killed by Lucky before he can confess. Roy is then arrested for Buck's murder and while Frog helps break him out of jail, Lucky and his men go to the hideout to retrieve Millie and Mary. Roy and Frog arrive in time to help their own men during the ensuing shootout, and as the Sons round up the gang, Roy and Frog battle with Lucky and Steve. The sheriff arrests Lucky and Steve based on Mary's testimony, and at a celebratory party soon after, Mary announces that she will donate Jerry's ranch to the oil well cooperative as a tribute to Jerry. As everyone cheers, Roy and Mary slip off together, and Roy is thrilled to hear that Mary has decided to stay.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 12, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,122ft (7 reels)

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Notes

Most of the songs were missing from the viewed print. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture was shot on location at Kernville, CA. Silver Spurs was the first film in which Roy Rogers' horse "Trigger" was billed as "The Smartest Horse in the Movies." The Hollywood Reporter review commented, "The animal plays a well-trained part in aiding his master...and the billing is a tip-off that Trigger will be trusted with more to do in the future." Modern sources include Henry Wills in the cast.