The Carson City Kid


57m 1940

Brief Synopsis

Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers, and not playing "himself" but playing a character named Roy Rogers), posing as The Carson City Kid, is seeking vengeance on Morgan Reynolds, the man who killed his brother. To find Reynolds in the gold towns, he systematically stops stagecoaches and goes through the mail, hoping to find letters addressed to Reynolds and thusly learn his whereabouts. Thus "The Kid" earns the reputation of a stagecoach robber, although he never takes anything, and the reputation is enhanced by the fact that he travels with Laramie (Francis McDonald), a notorious half-breed outlaw. A posse is about to capture them and Roy rides back to get Laramie whose horse has been shot, and Laramie repays the favor by slugging Roy and escaping on his horse Trigger. The posse rides by the unseen Roy and captures Laramie and, since he is riding the "Kid's" horse, take him to jail as being the "Kid." Laramie denies this and is told he will be free when he identifies the "Kid"; othewise he will hang. Roy rides into town, having deduced that the Morgan Reynolds he is looking for operates the Yellowback Saloon under the alias of "Lee Jessup" (Bob Steele) . As part of his plan to get evidence against Jessup, who also does not know his true identity, Roy takes a job as saloon shotgun guard, and meets saloon singer Joby Madison (Pauline Moore, in one of the truly great performances found in the B-western genre) and falls in love with her. This doesn't set well with Jessup, as he has plans of his own regarding Joby. Young gold miner Scott Warren (Noah Beery, Jr.), having hit his strike and heading for home with his fortune, comes into the Yellowback, talks too much about his stake, and is soon relieved of it in a crooked poker game by Jessup and friends. Scott, realizing he had been cheated, breaks into Jessup's office and, announcing he is the Carson City Kid, holds up Jessup henchman Harmon (Hal Taliaferro) and takes his gold and some letters and papers from the safe. Captured, he is taken before Laramie, who quickly identifies him as the "Kid" although he has never seen him before, in order to win the immunity promised him. Roy, masked as the Carson City Kid and speaking Spanish as the Kid did on the stage holdups, intervenes and at gunpoint, asks Jessup to identify what Scott has stolen from him. Besides the gold, Jessup unwittingly identifies as his own the latters and documents, which establish him as Morgan Reynolds. Reynolds meets justice and Roy is exonerated. ne fine little B-western with an excellent performance by George "Gabby" Hayes (as Sheriff Gabby Whittaker), before he had the character down as a sleep-walking exercise and was still revolving, and by, as mentioned, Pauline Moore, as a no-excuses heroine for being where she was doing what she did as a saloon entertainer.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 1, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Sound
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

The Carson City Kid, a famous outlaw whose skill in shooting is as strong as his desire to avenge himself on the murderer of his brother, learns that the man who shot his brother is living in Sonora under the name Lee Jessup. On the trail to Sonora, the Kid's partner, Laramie, is captured by Marshal Gabby Whittaker, and taken into custody so that he can identify the mysterious Kid. Unrecognized, the Kid rides into town, where Jessup hires him to protect his saloon. While working at the saloon, the Kid strikes up a friendship with Joby, the saloon's singer, and protects her from Jessup's amorous advances. One day, Scott Warren, a naive young prospector who has struck it rich, stops at the saloon on his way home to Arizona. After luring him into a card game, Jessup cheats Scott out of his bankroll, and the Kid, feeling sorry for him, tells the story of his own brother, who was cheated at cards and then killed by the saloon owner. However, Scott fails to heed the Kid's warning, and later that night, disguises himself as the Kid and robs Jessup's safe. Jessup and his posse pursue Scott and arrest him as the Kid, and Laramie, to save his own skin, confirms the identification. Aware that Scott's trial is just a pretense for a hanging, the real Kid interrupts the proceedings and, in the ensuing shootout, kills Jessup. His mission completed, the Kid marries Joby and returns home to Carson City.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 1, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Sound
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Quotes

He's tougher than an old sow's nose.
- Stage Driver

Trivia

Notes

Modern sources add Hank Bell, Ted Mapes, Jack Ingram, Jack Kirk, Jack Rockwell, Tom Smith, Art Dillard, Hal Price, Yakima Canutt, Kit Guard, Curley Dresden, Oscar Gahan, Chick Hannon and Al Taylor to the cast.