Today’s film – Come On, Rangers – was Roy’s third movie and was set just after Texas became a state. The stars of the cast are Roy Rogers, Trigger, Mary Hart, and Raymond Hatton. This is one of the many films Roy made that presents how Roy got Trigger – a completely fictitious story, but fun nonetheless. “Indians” raid a farm owned by Roy’s brother. During the raid, the entire family (including the brother) is killed and the barn is set on fire. Roy arrives on the scene in time to rescue Trigger from the blaze, but not in time to save his kin. Roy takes Trigger for his own and vows to bring the killers to justice.
Come On, Rangers (1938)
57 minutes (black and white)
Producer: Charles E. Ford
Director: Joseph Kane
Screenplay: Gerald Geraghty and Jack Natteford
Cast: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Mary Hart (Lynn Roberts), Raymond Hatton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Purnell Pratt, Harry Woods, Bruce MacFarlane, Lane Chandler, Chester Gunnels, Lee Powell
Plot: This plot concerns the regrouping of disbanded Texas Rangers. The U.S. Calvary has replaced the Rangers (of whom Roy was captain), lawlessness and disorder has erupted as the result. Roy joins the Cavalry as a private in hopes that he can help restore order. However, when Roy’s brother is killed in an outlaw raid, Roy deserts the Cavalry and vows to bring the killers to justice.
Songs: “Tenting Tonight”, “I’ve Learned a Lot about Women”, and “A Western Love Song”
This film is available as a DVD here.