Sunset Serenade


58m 1942

Brief Synopsis

Bad guys plot to trick a newly arrived Eastern girl out of a ranch which belongs to her infant ward. Roy, of course, saves the ranch for the girl. Songs include "I'm Headin's for the Home Corral," "He's a No Good Son of a Gun," "Sandman Lullaby," "Song of the San Joaquin," and "I'm a Cowboy Rockefeller."

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 14, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,218ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Housekeeper Vera Martin is infuriated when Bagley, the old rancher for whom she worked, dies and leaves his property to a nephew living in the East rather than to her. Gregg Jackson, who owns the adjoining ranch, promises Vera that together they can force the new owner to sell cheaply to them. He then goes with his henchman, Bart Reynolds, to Grace Canyon and builds a dam to stop the creek that flows onto the Bagley ranch. Later that evening, Reynolds and his men round up the Bagley cattle but are seen by wandering cowboys Roy Rogers and Gabby and their friends, The Sons of the Pioneers. Roy and Gabby come to the rescue when a car carrying Sylvia Clark and her ward, Bagley's infant nephew, is run off the road, and then escort them to the Bagley ranch. Vera is surprised to learn that her new "boss" is a baby, but she quickly recovers as she and Jackson try to convince Sylvia that the ranch is in terrible shape and should be sold immediately. Although he does not know the truth behind Jackson's assertion that the ranch has no water, Roy insists that the cattle he saw belong to the Bagley ranch, and offers to round them up for Sylvia. She agrees to hire Roy and his friends, and to trust Roy when he confides in her his suspicions about Vera and Jackson. Despite interference from the rustlers, Roy and the men succeed in rounding up the cattle, but Sylvia must sell them immediately to pay off $5,000 Jackson claims Bagley owed him for water. Roy reads a newspaper article that government cattle buyer Clifford Sheldon is in town to buy beef for the Army and goes to town to see him. Jackson again stirs up trouble, but Roy nonetheless convinces Sheldon to come to the ranch to see the cattle. Sheldon buys the herd, paying Sylvia in advance, and she decides to host a party for him that evening. While the friends are celebrating, however, Jackson and his men rustle the cattle again, and Vera tells Sheldon that Roy masterminded the robbery because of the ranch's financial problems. Sheldon doubts her claims though, and begins to trail the rustlers himself. Sylvia then overhears Vera tell Jackson to get rid of Sheldon before he discovers the dam in Grace Canyon, and after fighting with Vera, Sylvia rides to the canyon to warn Sheldon. Meanwhile, Gabby alerts Roy and the sheriff, and they arrive at the canyon as the gang are engaged in a shootout with Sheldon and Sylvia. Most of the gang are apprehended as Roy fights with Jackson, but Reynolds escapes and blows up the dam. Roy rescues Sheldon, who has been injured, from the rushing water, which quickly fills up the Bagley creek. Soon after, the cattle are recovered, and Roy and Sylvia make plans to keep Bagley's nephew company with children of their own.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 14, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,218ft (6 reels)

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Notes

Modern sources include Budd Buster in the cast.