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|ALONG THE NAVAJO TRAIL (director: Frank McDonald; screenwriters: from the novel Sleepy Horse Range by William Colt MacDonald/Gerald Geraghty; cinematographer: William Bradford; editor: Tony Martinelli; music: Mort Glickman; cast: Roy Rogers (Himself), Dale Evans (Lorry Alastair), Gabby Hayes (Gabby), Estelita Rodriguez (Narita), Douglas Fowley (J. Richard Bentley), Sam Flint (Breck Alastair), Nestor Paiva (Janza), Roy Barcroft (Rusty), Emmett Vogan (Roger Jerrold), Davida Cota (Lani), The Sons of the Pioneers (Themselves), Bob Nolan (Leader of The Sons of the Pioneers); Runtime: 65; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edward J. White; Republic; 1945)|
Rogers musical Western."
by Dennis Schwartz
McDonald ("The Purple Gang") directs this lively
routine Roy Rogers musical Western. It's based on the
novel Sleepy Horse Range by William Colt MacDonald and
is written by Gerald
Roy Rogers plays a deputy
marshal, sent by the Cattleman's Association to
investigate the feud between J. Richard Bentley (Douglas
Fowley) and Breck Alastair's (Sam Flint) Lazy A Ranch in Padre Wells, New Mexico,
and goes undercover to investigate.
While Roy camps out on the
Ladder A spread he encounters the gabby ranch foreman
(Gabby Hayes), the rancher's pretty daughter Lorry
Alastair (Dale Evans), a band of traveling Mexican
gypsies and their feisty singer Narita (Estelita Rodriguez), and the villain J. Richard Bentley (Douglas
Fowley). Roy will
subsequently learn that Bentley made a secret deal
with an insider in the Santa Fe Drilling Company to
get for them the Ladder A Ranch so the company could
put in an oil pipeline and is covering up his
ambitions by attacking other ranchers in the region.
The greedy Bentley can't take no for an answer and
murdered the previous deputy sent by the Association.
It's such an innocuous
film, that it's hard to dislike for being so bland.
REVIEWED ON 7/5/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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