Today we’ll be looking at The Man from Oklahoma (1945). This was Roy and Dale’s eighth film together. Just as Dale acts as a foil for Roy, Dale’s grandmother (Maude Eburne) is a foil for Gabby in this entertaining film. Gabby also slips in some great acting to drag Roy and the Pioneers back from New York where they’re trying to make a start as singers.
The Man from Oklahoma (1945)
68 minutes (black and white)
Producer: Louis Gray
Director: Frank McDonald
Screenplay: John K. Butler
Cast: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers, Gabby Hayes, Roger Pryor, Arthur Loft, Maude Eburne, Sam Flint, Si Jenks, June Bryde, Charles Soldani, Elaine Lange, Edmund Cobb, George Sherwood, Eddie Kane, George Chandler, Wally West, Tex Terry, Bob Wilke, Bobbie Priest
Plot: This is another one of those films where Roy spends a lot of time saving Dale. A high point of the action is a wagon chase reenacting the Oklahoma Territory land rush. There is a feud between Grandma Lane (Maude Eburne) and Gabby Whitaker (Gabby), who own adjoining ranches. The dispute is heightened when an oil deposit that is on Lane and Whitaker property is discovered. Roy and the boys are in New York City as singers and have told Gabby that they won’t come home. Gabby tricks them into thinking that he’s dying so they come back – borrowing money from Peggy Lane (Dale) to get there since they had just been robbed of every last penny. Roy and Peggy have to settle the feud before another rival ends up with both ranches and the oil.
Songs: “We’re Gonna Have a Cowboy Wedding”, “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, “For You and Me”, “Skies are Bluer”, “Prairie Mary”*, “The Martins and the Coys”*, “Draggin’ the Wagon”*, and “Cheero Cheero Cherokee”
*Note: This is a film from which the cut pieces have been lost. “Prairie Mary”, “The Martins and the Coys”, and “Draggin’ the Wagon” were all in the original score, but so far no one has found or has revealed a copy with these songs in it.
Here’s the YouTube video: