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(1941) Roy and Gabby attempt to mediate a conflict between a stage route owner and the railroad, which is made more difficult by a gang sabotaging both sides.
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First, you can cut off the top and bottom of each frame. This is the way many "widescreen" films were made immediately after 1953. Converting to 16:9 will lose about 1/3 of the image. You want to pay full price for only 2/3 of the film?
Second, you can expand the image to the widescreen aspect. This means everyone and everything is bloated. Try it yourself: while watching anything that's 1.33:1, use your controller to convert the screen to the wide aspect. If you like what you see -- say, Humphry Bogart looking like Sidney Greenstreet -- then maybe this travesty is for you -- assuming they didn't just chop it to pieces.
Please note they don't even bother to tell you how they do the deed. They don't want you to find out how they butchered this film. These people are not doing you a service. They're trying to capitalize on the widespread and utterly stupid fear of black bars on the TV screen. "This picture has been modified to fit your screen." What a bunch of irrational hogwash. If you're afraid of black bars, maybe TV isn't for you. There's always radio: it ALWAYS fits your screen.
In the 1860s a California railroad was built from the Pacific to the Sierras. Bandits and destruction were blamed on the railroad, the stage lines were their competitors. The film begins with a stagecoach chased by bandits. The stagecoach was wrecked. This pattern reoccurred again and again. A station was burned, the horses stolen. Was it Black Bart? The scene shifts to San Francisco, we see a horse-drawn trolley. The Steamboat Navigation company wants to put the competition out of business by getting the stage lines to fight with the railroads, this will allow them to win the lucrative shipping business. A stagecoach is passed by a wood-burning 4-4-0 steam engine. Mark Benton used to be a blacksmith and helps shoe a horse. The conversation is partly humorous. Jeff Conner was fired after a disagreement with Hank Liddel the owner. Jim Trevor meets Hank and tells him a sympathetic story to gain his friendship.
The `California Central' has been robbed, there is no money for payroll and expenses now. Jeff goes to work for the railroad, and Gabby Chapman too. Chick tells Jeff about the poetry for Jo. What is Jim doing there? Jim got a coded message by telegraph. Will they hold up the train when it stops for fuel? Will Jeff and Gabby be wrongfully accused of working with Black Bart? "You fellows live here?" The head of the steamboat company instructs Black Bart how to sabotage the railroad so it won't get a government subsidy. Can they stop the destruction of the train tunnel? [Note the wooden railroad cars.] Can a signal fire stop the train? Not with Black Bart at the throttle. Can Jeff stop the train so its blasting powder doesn't destroy the tunnel? He will try, and does. The burning fuse is removed, Jeff captures the leader so they surrender. The railroad tunnel is saved. Amos Norton is captured. Liddel and Benton make their peace. Jo and Jeff will go to the Opera House.
The competition between stage lines (best for local transportation) and the railroad (best for long distances and heavy loads) is seldom mentioned in schoolbooks. These little-known facts provide the background for this drama. Canals preceded the railroads, but are dependent on level country with a water supply. Canals provide the lowest costs for bulk goods that don't need rapid transportation.
Under Joseph Kane (Director / Producer), James R. Webb (Screenwriter), William Nobles (Cinematographer), Cy Feuer (Composer (Music Score) / Musical Direction/Supervision), Les Orlebeck (Editor) - - - - Our story line and plot, A crooked businessman uses the notorious outlaw Black Bart to foment trouble between the owners of a stage line and a railroad --- Jeff Connor (Roy Rogers) driver for the stage company tries to mediate --- when you see Roy later in the film navigating his way atop the cars of a moving train, be sure to credit Yakima Canutt for the stunt work --- Yakima also appears briefly as a stagecoach driver --- "Nevada City" has a pretty good mix of action, gunfights, and humor, with Roy and Gabby complementing each other nicely as a good guy tandem --- Roy and Sally do hook up at the end of the story, tying up that plot line as well --- This Roy Rogers outing is all action. Not long after this film, Roy turned more and more to his singing (he had helped start the legendary Sons of the Pioneers) until many of his films became musical extravaganzas, not unlike Broadway shows of the day. So enjoy this fast paced Roy Rogers oater to see why he came to be called "The King of The Cowboys." --- some wonderful tunes, LONELY HILLS -- PRAIRIE SERENADE -- STARS OVER THE PRAIRIE.
the cast includes
Roy Rogers ... Jeff Connors
Trigger ... "Smartest Horse in the Movies"
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... 'Gabby' Chapman
Sally Payne ... Jo Morrison
George Cleveland ... Hank Liddell
Billy Lee ... Chick Morrison
Joseph Crehan ... Mark Benton
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Jim Trevor/Black Bart
Pierre Watkin ... Amos Norton
Jack Ingram ... Sheriff Pat Daley
Hank Bell ... First Stagecoach Driver
Fred Burns ... Railroad Worker
Yakima Canutt ... Second Stagecoach Driver
Tommy Coats ... Posse Rider
Spade Cooley ... Musician
Jack Kirk ... Train Engineer
Rex Lease ... Masked Henchman
Art Mix ... Henchman Anderson
Syd Saylor ... Railroad Spy, posing as a Drunk
Bob Woodward ... Railroad Crewman
Joe Yrigoyen ... Henchman
1. Roy Rogers (aka: Leonard Franklin Slye)
Date of Birth: 5 November 1911 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 6 July 1998 - Apple Valley, California
2. George 'Gabby' Hayes (aka: George Francis Hayes)
Date of Birth: 7 May 1885 - Wellsville, New York
Date of Death: 9 February 1969 - Burbank, California
Check out a new book from Empire Publishing - "THE ROY ROGERS BOOK: A REFERENCE TRIVIA SCRAPBOOK" (Paperback) --- reference trivia scrapbook of Roy Rogers written by Western film historian David Rothel whose accounts of thrilling adventures of B-Western heroes during the Saturday matinees of yesteryear takes us back to our childhood, family and friends --- this is a wish come true, reliving those wonderful years from the past through the pen of David Rothel --- Roy was a top box office draw for Republic Pictures when you went to see him on the big screen, you got exactly what the marquee said --- plenty of thrills, action and hard riding with a song or two thrown in for good measure --- Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 as a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers" and elected again in 1988 as Roy Rogers "King of the Cowboys" --- Roy got his horse "Trigger" in 1938 and rode him in every one of his films and TV shows after that --- "Trigger" died in 1965 age of thirty-three --- Roy's dog's name was "Bullet" and appeared in almost as many of his films as "Trigger" did --- Roy's theme song, "Happy Trails", was written by Queen of the West and his wife Dale Evans --- inducted (with his wife Dale Evans) into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1976 --- inducted as a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1995 just three years before his death --- Don't miss this one --- now appearing on Amazon and Empire Publishing --- Don't hesitate - rush out and pick up your copy today --- Great reading in the days and weeks to come --- I guarantee it!
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Total Time: 54 min on DVD ~ Republic Pictures ~ (4/25/2007)