|UNDER NEVADA SKIES (director: Frank McDonald; screenwriters: Paul Gangelin/Benton Cheney/story by M. Coates Webster; cinematographer: William Bradford; editor: Edward Mann; music: Dale Butts; cast: Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes (Gabby Whittaker ), Dale Evans (Helen Williams), Douglass Dumbrille (Arthur Courtney), George Lynn (LeBlanc), Leroy Mason (Marty Fields), Rudolph Anders (Alberti), George J. Lewis (Flying Eagle), Leyland Hodgson (Tom Craig), Tristram Coffin, (Dan Adams), Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers; Runtime: 69; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edward J. White; Republic (YouTube); 1946)|
|"Entertaining fast-paced musical
by Dennis Schwartz
McDonald ("My Pal Trigger"/"Isle of
Fury"/"Son of Belle Starr") finely
directs this entertaining fast-paced musical
B-western. Writers Paul Gangelin
and Benton Cheney base it on a story by
M. Coates Webster.
singer cowboy Roy Rogers is featured entertainer at
the Bear Valley Reservation, for its annual pow-wow.
Tom Craig (Leyland Hodgson)
is the troubled owner of the town's Trading Post
Hotel. Clock repairer Gabby Whittacker (Gabby Hayes)
is also the town's temporary sheriff. Tom tells him
that someone tried to break into his hotel safe, and
the sheriff promises to investigate.
also receives a visitor from the east coast, the
singer Helen Williams (Dale Evans). Her recently
deceased father and Tom were once best friends, but
parted company. As a favor, Helen is given a singing
job at the hotel's nightclub. We soon learn that
Helen's father wanted her to retrieve a golden crest
that Tom possessed, which he believed to be dangerous
if gotten into the wrong hands and not turned over to
evening sinister rancher Arthur
Dumbrille) threatens Tom to turn over
the jeweled-crest or else. Later that evening
Courtney's henchman Fields (Leroy Mason)
shoots Tom in his house when he fails to turn over the
Roy helps Gabby with the investigation, Courtney sends
henchman LeBlanc (George Lynn) out to
kill him on the trail when falling for a trap that Roy
spreads about him in possession of the crest. But the
ambusher is himself ambushed by Tom's devious
assistant Dan (Tristram Coffin,
who is also after the heirloom.
in time, collars the Courtney gang, with the help of
the Indians, and takes care of Dan, after finding the
object in the back of Tom's radio. Roy learns that it
contains a map to a rich deposit of pitchblende,
which is used to manufacture atomic bombs.
REVIEWED ON 4/1/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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