Song of Nevada


1h 15m 1944

Brief Synopsis

When John Barrabbee's plane makes an emergency landing, he wanders off and joins Roy's cattle drive. Later he learns he was killed when his plane resumed its flight and crashed. He also learns his daughter is going to sell his ranch and marry a man he dislikes. So he gives Roy a job on the ranch and sends him off to see if he can prevent both of these events while he remains in hiding.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 5, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the article by Joseph Hyams in Redbook (Sep 1956).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,737ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Nevada rancher John Barrabee travels to New York City to retrieve his daughter Jenny, who has gone "high hat" and refuses to return to her country roots. Barrabee detests Jenny's fiancé, fortune hunter Rollo Bingham, who is so snooty that he calls Jenny "Joan" because it sounds better. Jenny ignores Barrabee's pleas, however, and the broken-hearted old man is alone when he boards the plane for home. The plane is forced to land due to an engine malfunction, and while he is waiting for it to be repaired, Barrabee meets cowboy Roy Rogers and his pals, The Sons of the Pioneers, as they are herding cattle. Fed up with city life and charmed by his new friends, Barrabee joins them on the trail for ten days. At the end of their journey, Barrabee learns that the plane he was on crashed after it resumed flying, and that he is now presumed dead. The newspaper also describes Jenny's intention to sell the ranch, prompting Barrabee and Roy to concoct a scheme to dissuade her. Roy turns up at the ranch one afternoon with a contract, supposedly signed by Barrabee before he died, hiring him to drive the Barrabee entry in the annual Frontier Days stagecoach race. Despite Rollo's interference, Roy and Col. Jack Thompson, Jenny's godfather, shame Jenny into upholding the tradition of the race. As Roy prepares for the race, he and Jenny spend time together and become romantically involved, although Roy has trouble keeping Barrabee, who is hiding in his "fishing shack," out of sight. Determined to get rid of Roy, whom he sees as a rival for Jenny's affection and fortune, Rollo conspires with Ferguson, the crooked foreman of the ranch, to frame him. The night before the race, Roy sleeps in the barn containing the coaches, and Ferguson sneaks in, pulls out a wheel pin on the Thompson coach and slips it into Roy's pocket. The Thompson coach crashes during the race and Roy wins, which delights Jenny, who has decided to stay on the ranch. That night, however, Thompson interrupts the celebration party and, after accusing Roy of sabotage, finds the pin in his coat pocket. Barrabee continues to believe in Roy, however, and comes up with another ruse to forestall the wedding ceremony that Rollo immediately plans. Barrabee sends his old friend, Professor Jeremiah Hanley, and Jeremiah's teenage daughter Kitty, to the ranch with a deed stating that they purchased it just before Barrabee died. Believing that Jenny is now penniless, Rollo leaves, telling her that they must delay the wedding. Roy then reveals to Jenny that Barrabee is alive and was attempting to prove that Rollo is a fortune hunter. Rollo has overheard them, however, and sends Ferguson to the fishing shack to kill Barrabee. Jenny declares that she has learned her lesson and turns down Rollo's proposal, but when Rollo reveals that he has sent Ferguson to "bring back" Barrabee, Roy realizes that he is in danger and rides out to save him. Roy arrives just in time to rescue Barrabee, and soon thereafter, Ferguson is captured and confesses his and Rollo's crimes. Jenny and Barrabee then host a large party to celebrate their reunion and the hiring of Roy as the new ranch foreman.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 5, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the article by Joseph Hyams in Redbook (Sep 1956).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,737ft (8 reels)

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Notes

Although Fred A. Ritter is credited onscreen as the film's art director, the Daily Variety review credits Russell Kimball. Modern sources include Henry Wills, Helen Talbot, Jack Perrin and Tom Steele in the cast.