Sunset on the Desert


1h 3m 1942

Brief Synopsis

Roy is mistaken for a bad guy expected by the local outlaw gang. He goes undercover to pin the goods on the bad guys. Just as he is about to do so, the real bad guy shows up. Songs include "Remember Me," "Yip Pe Yi Your Troubles Away," "Faithful Pal of Mine," and "Don Juan."

Film Details

Also Known As
Pal O' Mine, Sunset on the Trail
Release Date
Apr 1, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,678ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

After a ten-year absence, cowboy Roy Rogers returns to his hometown of South Creek to investigate stories that an old family friend, Judge Alvin Kirby, is corrupt. Rogers learns that Tom, the son of rancher Jim Prentiss, was shot by deputy Bill Sloane after Prentiss did not pay an old tax bill. Prentiss' ranch was subsequently sold to attorney Ramsay McCall. McCall uses the tax ploy to force out the old-time ranchers, and when his gunslinger Sloane was arrested, McCall blackmailed Kirby into setting him free. Roy does not know that Sloane is his exact double, and so is mystified by the hostile reception he gets when he and his pal, Gabby Whittaker, rescue Prentiss from more of McCall's thugs. In town, Roy is further confused when Julie Craig, Sloane's girl friend, welcomes him back, for McCall had ordered Sloane to leave town after the murder. Roy then approaches Ann, Kirby's niece and Roy's childhood sweetheart, but she also believes that he is Sloane and sends him away. When Roy and Gabby finally realize that people are mistaking Roy for Sloane, Roy decides to impersonate Sloane to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Kirby's actions. That night, after a dance at which Roy's attentions to Ann arouse the jealousy of both Julie and Bob Nolan, Ann's suitor, Julie threatens Roy by telling him that she will expose Kirby's dealings with McCall if he continues to see Ann. Julie reveals that Ann's father was an embezzler who stole county funds, and that Ann's ranch will be taken away if anyone finds out. The next day, Louie Meade, one of McCall's henchmen, brings Roy to McCall's office, where Roy overhears them planning to kill Prentiss. McCall orders Roy to leave town for good, after which Roy and Gabby rescue Prentiss and his friend, George Belknap, from the thugs. McCall, suspicious of Roy's behavior, sends Julie to the real Sloane's hideout, while Roy goes to the old Kirby homestead to search for evidence. There he finds a receipt proving that Ann's father paid back all of the money he embezzled, and when Ann arrives, he is also able to prove his identity. He sends her back to Bob's home to stop the ranchers, who are forming a vigilante committee to run McCall's gang out of town, while he rushes to Kirby's office. He shows Kirby the receipt, then gets into a fistfight with Sloane. While Gabby, Kirby and Roy are in a gun battle with McCall and his men, Bob and the ranchers arrive, and when Bob sees Sloane with McCall, he disbelieves Ann's story about Roy. Bob is forced to change his mind, however, after he shoots Sloane and Roy appears. With the gang rounded up, the ranchers make peace with Kirby, and Roy declares that after the rodeo season, he will be back to form a new Kirby-Rogers partnership with Ann.

Film Details

Also Known As
Pal O' Mine, Sunset on the Trail
Release Date
Apr 1, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,678ft (7 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

Working titles of this film were Pal O' Mine and Sunset on the Trail. Modern sources include Bob Woodward and Cactus Mack in the cast.