Today’s film is Sunset on the Desert, starring Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers, Lynne Carver, Roy Barcroft, and of course, Trigger.
Roy rides into battle for an old friend, Judge Kirby. However, since Roy’s been gone on a rodeo circuit for so long, no one recognizes him for who he really is. Instead, he’s mistaken for the villain, Sloan, who just shot a local rancher’s son. To complicate matters, Roy’s childhood sweetheart, Ann Kirby (the Judge’s daughter), has a new fella – Bob Nolan! Roy sets out to win her back while trying to figure out who has her father cowed. Unfortunately, she doesn’t recognize him either, making his job doubly difficult. Roy does a great job playing dual roles in this funny and action-packed film.
As an added bonus, Pat Brady sings the goofy song “It’s a Lie” as part of a fund-raiser early on in the film.
Sunset on the Desert (1942)
63 minutes (black and white)
Producer: Joseph Kane
Director: Joseph Kane
Screenplay: Gerald Geraghty
Cast: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Gabby Hayes, Pat Brady, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers, Lynne Carver, Frank M. Thomas, Beryl Wallace, Glenn Strange, Douglas Fowley, Fred Burns, Roy Barcroft, Henry Wills, Forrest Taylor, Bob Woodward, Ed Cassidy, Cactus Mack
Plot: The old mistaken identity plot is pulled off the shelf again in this film. Roy arrives in town and is mistaken for a look-alike owl hoot who is expected by an outlaw gang. Roy goes undercover as the baddie to get the goods on the gang. Just as he is about to spring the trap, his double arrives to complicate matters.
Songs: “It’s a Lie”, “Remember Me”, “Yip Pe Yi Your Troubles Away”, “Faithful Pal of Mine”, and “Don Juan”
This film is available here.