Rodeo


1h 10m 1952

Brief Synopsis

Nancy Cartwright (Jane Nigh) is determined to collect an $1,800 feed bill owed to her father Harry Cartwright (Frank Ferguson) by a rodeo association. Instead, she is atlked into assuming management of the rodeo by Slim Martin (John Archer) and the other performes when they learn the promoter has run off with the cash receipts. Slim and Nancy fall in love and the rodeo is beginning to prosper under her guidance. A thoughtless remark by her to Barbecue Jones (Wallace Ford), a one-time champion, now an old man, forces him to prove his fitness as a rider, with the result of being badly injured. All of the performers, including Slim, refuse to be associated with Nancy and the rodeo breaks up. Barbecue recovers and tells the hands that Nancy paid for his hospital bills with monies accumulated for her father's feed bill. The crew is rounded up and Nancy is once again prevailed upon to return as manager. She succeeds in placing the rodeo into the bigtime circuit, proving mostly that the writers of this had not an inkling of how rodeos actually work...then or now.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 9, 1952
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Cinecolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

As a rodeo outfit ends its run in a small town, feed store owner Harry Cartwright sends his no-nonsense daughter Nancy to collect the $1,800 that rodeo business manager Breezy Statler owes him. When she arrives at the business office, however, Statler is out and she is helped by rodeo rider Tex Martin, who is immediately drawn to her beauty. She and her younger brother Joey watch Tex as he rides a bronco, but he becomes distracted when he notes Nancy in the crowd and is thrown. Afterward, while his pal, old rodeo rider and woman-hater Barbecue Jones, chastises Tex for thinking about girls, Tex receives a telegram from Statler stating that he is broke and has left town. Although Nancy at first suspects she is being cheated, she soon changes her mind when the rest of the cast arrive to complain that their prize money and payroll are also gone. Nancy, noticing an article by rodeo promoter Allen H. Grandstead declaring that any rodeo can be a money-maker, advises the group to expand the business themselves, sharing all the profits. The riders, led by champion Bat Gorman, at first refuse, but after Tex convinces Nancy to take over the business side of the outfit, they agree to give it a try. That night, Nancy brings Tex home to dinner, forgetting that her married sister Martha, who wants Nancy to settle down with a stable man, has brought staid Charlie Olenick to meet her. Tex charms Harry and Joey at dinner and later kisses Nancy, who is willing but informs him that she cannot get involved with a drifter. Within weeks, Nancy is running the rodeo efficiently but with an iron fist, and Barbecue, who has taken Joey under his wing, complains bitterly about her bossiness. When Barbecue tries to quiet wild horse Devilgrass, he is thrown and is chastised by Nancy. The rodeo begins to travel and earn money under her command. One day, Tex visits his ranch and discovers that he has only thirty days to pay off its note. Meanwhile, his ex-girl friend, cowgirl Dixie Benson, mentions the ranch to Nancy, adding that Tex only rides in the rodeo in order to save money. Nancy is intrigued at this example of Tex's stability, and after she witnesses him beat up Bat in order to collect half of his winnings for Nancy's fund, she kisses him. That evening, he asks her to marry him, but she states that she cannot turn her back on the rodeo. He nonetheless takes her to his ranch the next day, where they promptly fight because she is still afraid that he is not stable enough, and he accuses her of being shallow. She leaves and over the next weeks they do not talk. One day, Nancy sees Barbecue teaching Joey to ride horses, and when Barbecue later overhears her tell the boy that his hero is washed up, he becomes determined to prove her wrong. When he enters the bronco-riding contest, he quickly is thrown from Devilgrass and seriously injured. Tex, learning that Nancy insulted Barbecue, denounces her and leaves the rodeo. Dixie then informs her that, although Barbecue will survive, the rest of the group is also leaving her. Just then, Nancy receives a telegram from Grandstead stating that he will be attending their next show, possibly to buy it. Despondent, she brings Joey to visit Barbecue in the hospital, where he forgives her and is furious that the group walked out on the rodeo. As soon as he is better, he visits Tex and informs the cowboy that Nancy spent all her earnings on his hospital bill, which prompts Tex to round up the whole gang and return to the show. Dixie visits Nancy and Joey at home to inform them that if they leave immediately, they can make the show, and although Nancy's mother Agatha protests, Harry finally tells her to be quiet. They race to the show, where, before a huge crowd, Tex wins the bronco contest and Grandstead offers Nancy $2,000 for the business. Afterward, Tex informs Nancy he now has enough to pay off the ranch, and she asks him to marry her. He kisses her, as Barbecue laughs at them both.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 9, 1952
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Cinecolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Footage of rodeo action, parades and crowds is seen throughout the film. The record on the film in the Copyright Catalog mistakenly lists the actor actor who played "Charles Olenick" as Dave Willock instead of Robert Karnes. According to an August 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, locations were scouted in Arizona, although it has not been confirmed if any footage was shot there.