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Night Time in Nevada

(aka "Westerner and the Lady")

Republic Pictures Corporation

Release Date: 1948 09 05

Running time: 67m (C&S)

Key book (production) number: 1624

Location: Tuolumne County

 

• Credits

• Cast

• Songs

• Plot Summary

• Production and Publicity Stills

• Posters

• Sheet Music

• Newspaper Clipping

• Press Book

 

        Starring Roy Rogers, "Night Time in Nevada" is a fast-moving Republic B-Western about a sociopath who coldly killed anyone in his way, including all his partners. It was also Bob Nolan's final film. By this time, Bob had become increasingly disgruntled about the way his career was going and he was losing interest in films. Dale Evans remarked that he would often come to work with his lines unprepared. He was aging and gaining weight but, more than all this, the movies were using very few of his songs - and songs were his raison d'κtre. His character had only a small part in this picture and the one song credited to Bob was only partly his. Thanks to Les Adams, we have the newspaper clipping that reads, "The September and October issues of Song Hits Magazine will tell its more than one million readers that 'Sweet Laredo Lou', the winning song in the Bob Nolan song-writing contest, is featured in 'Nighttime in Nevada'. The lyric which won this award was set to music by Bob Nolan and is sung in the picture by Bob and the Sons of the Pioneers."

    Our video has only 58 of the 67 original minutes of running time. This movie is available on DVD.

 

 

Cast:

 

Roy Rogers as himself and Adele Mara as Joan Andrews, Marie Harmon as Toni Bordon and Andy Devine as Sgt. Cookie Bullfincher

 

Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers

 

Grant Withers as Ran Farrell and Jim Nolan as Jim Andrews

 

George Carleton as Jason Howley, crooked lawyer, Holly Bane as Mort Oakley, Farrell's henchman, and Joseph Crehan as Casey

 

Others in the Cast:

Hank Patterson

Steve Darrell

 

Songs:

Introduction

Over Nevada (Tim Spencer)
Big Rock Candy Mountain (traditional)
When It’s Night Time in Nevada (Aaron Gonzales Sw / R. Paxcoe Ew)
Sweet Laredo Lou (Ed Morrisey)
 

Plot Summary

        The story opens with a flashback to a time sixteen years before. Two prospectors are preparing to open up a rich vein of ore.

 

 

        Jim Andrews hangs his jacket on a tree, enters the shaft to check the electrical connections for their final blast and Ran Farrell, unwilling to share the wealth with anyone, pushes the plunger and blows up the tunnel with Jim in it.

 

 

        Ironically, there was no rich vein and Farrell had killed his partner for nothing. Furthermore, his partner was still alive. Before he died, he was able to tell Farrell he had a baby daughter and he'd left his share of the gold in a trust fund for her at Grass Valley under the care of a lawyer named Jason Howley. At that point, Farrell was prepared to promise anything and he promised she would get the money.

 

 

        When Andrews died, Farrell blew up  the shaft and buried him in it, then he looked through  Jim's wallet. He found a silver dollar mounted in a little horseshoe with Jim's name on it. He didn't want the kind of luck Jim had had, so he tossed it back into the shaft. He also found Jim's identification papers and a little picture of his daughter. He kept it all, thinking he might be able to get his hands on the money one day.

 

 

        In the intervening years Farrell looked up Howley and found out the little attorney was not averse to earning money illegally. They became partners in crime although some of Farrell's methods made Howley nervous.

        Sixteen years pass and a new picture of the daughter has come into the hands of Howley. Farrell studies it coldly. Jim Andrews' daughter, Joan, is arriving shortly to claim her inheritance.

 

 

        But Joan's inheritance has disappeared in bad mining ventures and Jason is worried. Farrell decides they'll put into effect his "ghost train" idea. Roy Rogers is soon shipping his cattle and these cattle could solve the problem of Joan's inheritance with some left over from themselves. Jason is hesitant but Farrell threatens him with jail and he gives in.

 

 

      The Sons of the Pioneers are fixing fence and singing "Over Nevada" while their boss, Roy Rogers, is away making sure his cattle are loaded on the train. Lloyd, Pat and Hugh are tightening a barbed wire fence while Bob and Karl are putting out the branding fire as the last calf runs back to its mother.

 

 

        Just as Roy comes racing back on Trigger, the train carrying their cattle comes in sight and the engineer blows a tattoo on the whistle that means he wants to talk with them.

 

       

        The Pioneers down tools, jump on their horses and join Roy in a race to meet the train.

 

 

        When they reach a place where Casey, the engineer, can stop his cattle train, they dismount and Casey climbs down with his messages, a package for Roy and some saddle strings for Lloyd. Lloyd digs into his pocket and asks how much he owes him. Casey demands one good song so they get in a circle and sing the last line of "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" with him.

 

 

        They all laugh and then Bob reminds him to take good care of the cattle as they are going to pay off the mortgage on the old homestead. Casey promises to take better care of the cattle than their own mothers then the jolly little Irish engineer climbs back into his engine. They don't realize it's the last they ever see him - and their cattle. Five years of hard work - and their good friend Casey - gone. But that's still in the future. Now Roy and the Pioneers happily anticipate the sale of their beef and Casey is in charge of them.

 

 

        Casey whistles "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" as his train slows for the incline. Part of the next scene is cut from my video but it does show Casey turning around, looking at a man behind his engine while they are in motion. The man shoots Casey and we know Roy's cattle have been stolen. Five years' work plus $40,000 has gone down the drain.

 

 

        The newspaper headlines in the hands of Jason Howley tell of Casey's murder and the mysterious loss of Roy's cattle from the still-closed cattle cars.

 

 

        Roy gallops into town and enters the State Police office where Cookie Bullfincher is found reading the same newspaper article. They are puzzled by the disappearance of the cattle because the train never once stopped moving and the cattle cars were still locked.

 

 

        Cookie swears Roy in as a State Police deputy, a job he once held. Roy asks Cookie to get into some old clothes. They are going to do some undercover work to see if they can find any clues among the hobos along the railroad track.

 

 

        Farrell and his buddy, Mort, see Roy leave town as they go into Jason Howley's office to deliver some cigars. Howley is upset about the murder which had no part in his plans. Farrell is certain they are safe and callously jokes about sending the widow some flowers. Howley realizes that his partner is out of control.

 

 

        We next find Roy and Cookie walking along the tracks. They come across a little colony of hobos and introduce themselves by singing "Big Rock Candy Mountain". One of the hobos, obviously a song and dance man down on his luck, does a little soft shoe routine to the tune by the campfire. This breaks the ice because the song was Casey's favorite and they all knew Casey well.

 

 

        Unfortunately, they know nothing that can help Roy and Cookie so the two law officers start for home on foot.

 

 

        Walking is not one of Cookie's favorite exercises and he complains bitterly until they see a car and camping trailer parked ahead.

 

 

        Hopeful of getting a ride, they stride purposefully ahead. Alas, the two young ladies in the car have been changing a tire and are fearful of bandits. They refuse to give the men a ride so Roy and Cookie race behind the trailer until they manage to get in the door. They make themselves at home and turn the radio on. After a few miles go by, the girls hear the radio, look back and spot the two men.

 

 

        The driver, Joan Andrews, panicked, step on the gas and gives them a wild ride right into town. They screech to a stop in front of the sheriff's office, followed by a crowd of curious people.

 

 

        The sheriff opens the camper door with his gun raised and orders the murderers out with their hands up - Cookie backs out then blows flour off his hat. Roy steps out, covered with flour and everything that had fallen off the shelves. Recognizing their boss under the coating of flour, the men replace their guns. The girls were told that Cookie and Roy were two of the best law officers in the west and he advised them to go in and try to make things right with them.

 

 

            Joan and Toni walk into the police station to look for them and Roy and Cookie come out after a quick brush down. While the girls were looking for them, they accidentally lock themselves in a cell. Roy and Cookie are tempted to leave them there but they relent.

 

 

        The girls tell Roy and Cookie about the trust fund they have come to collect and their plans to build a house in the country. Roy recognizes the name "Jason Howley" and gives them directions to his office.

 

 

        When Roy offers to help them in any way, Joan asks him to look up the record of her father's death. She wants to know where he was buried. As she leaves, she bumps into Trigger and the girls exclaim on his beauty. Toni asks what he uses on his hair, drapes Trigger's mane over her own hair and asks how she looks.

 

 

        Meanwhile, in Jason Howley's office, Farrell is examining a large sum of money in a black box. Their deal is interrupted by the arrival of Joan Andrews. Howley sends Farrell and his gunnie, Mort, into another room and prepares himself to meet Joan.

 

 

        Howley tells Joan there is more paper work to be done and he's not quite ready to transfer all the money to her. He offers to book a room for her in a hotel but she assures him it won't be necessary. She and her friend have a travel trailer.

 

 

        Howley calls Mort in to give her a hand but she takes an immediate dislike to him and refuses his help.

 

 

 

        After Joan leaves the office, Farrell and Howley struggle over the box of money. Farrell gives in and Howley is instructed to put the money into the safe and be sure the girl gets none of it.

 

 

 

        Unaware of each other's presence, Roy and Cookie search Casey's train for clues. They meet and realize that there is nothing to help them in their investigation.

 

 

        Cookie hands him a telegram that came for him and Roy reads that there is no record of the death of Joan's father. It is highly unusual for a death without a death certificate being filed. Roy reads on to discover that it was known that Joan's father had been partners with Ran Farrell in a nearby mine. Roy and Cookie separate, Roy to see Joan Andrews and Cookie to check the bank to see if any unusually large deposits have been made in the past few days.

 

 

        Back in their camper trailer, Ran Farrell watches the lights go out in the girls' trailer as they prepare to sleep. He quietly closes the windows puts the hose of the cooking gas tank into the trailer and starts to leave when Roy rides up on Trigger.

 

 

        Finding the girls' lights out, Roy decides to leave the telegram for them. As he approaches the door, Farrell raises his gun.

 

 

        Roy, warned by Trigger manages to get the gun away from the big man and a desperate battle takes place. Roy, quickly aware of the danger to the girls, tries to disconnect the gas but Farrell keeps him from it.

 

 

        Roy does manage to break a window with a rock. Leaving Trigger to guard Farrell, Roy drags the girls from the trailer.

 

 

 

        Farrell escapes but Roy and Trigger are close behind. Roy leaps from Trigger to the back of Farrell's horse and finally drags him from the saddle.

 

 

 

 

        Back in the Sheriff's office, Roy and Cookie try unsuccessfully to get a confession from Farrell. Farrell claims he thought Roy was a burglar and that he was protecting the girls.  He demands to see his lawyer, Jason Howley, who arrives almost immediately. They lock Farrell up without bail and escort Howley, blustering and threatening all sorts of things,  to the door.

 

 

        Cookie tells Roy that he checked with the bank and there were no large deposits made but Howley had received an express money order for $20,000 from Reno. Both men suspect that the money came from the sale of Roy's cattle but there is no way to prove it.

 

 

        Both men ride over to the trailer camp to see how the girls are after their terrifying experience. They find the girls are being well taken care of by the Sons of the Pioneers with fresh coffee brewing and a song, "Night Time in Nevada". Roy arrives in time to sing the verse. 

 

 

        Joan is attracted to Roy and Pat doesn't know quite what to make of her friend, Toni.

 

 

        Roy asks how the girls are feeling and if they got the telegram. After Joan reads it, Roy asks her if she'd like to ride out to the mine with him in the morning.

 

 

        Then Roy gathers the Pioneers together and presents his plan - to make another shipment of cattle as bait, this time with the last of their herd. Reluctantly, the Pioneers agree to do it. If they lose these cattle, they lose everything.

 

 

        Next morning, Howley strides across the street in a cloud of cigar smoke and demands Roy and Cookie let his client out.

 

 

        Grabbing Farrell's shoulder and, pinching hard in an unspoken signal, Howley "advises" him to let them know he is actually Jim Andrews.

 

 

        Startled, it doesn't take long for Farrell to catch on. He says he was at the trailer to watch out for his "daughter". Howley invites Roy and Cookie to examine Jim Andrews' billfold and identification papers. The two lawmen don't believe the tale but they have no grounds on which to hold Farrell so they let him go. As Roy leaves the State Police office, Joan rides up. Unnoticed by either of them, Mort hears Roy ask if the name "Farrell" meant anything to her. She denies it.

 

 

 

        Mort follows them out to the mine and hides behind a bush within hearing. Joan finds her father's old shirt stuck up in a Joshua tree, then Roy finds Jim Andrews' lucky horseshoe.

 

 

 

        They compare notes and realize that her father's body must be inside the mine shaft.

 

 

        Mort hears Roy tell her that he is going to arrest Farrell as soon as he gets enough evidence. That's enough for Mort and he heads back to town, arriving in time to hear Farrell tell Howley that the Pioneers are going to load the rest of the cattle tonight.

 

 

        Then, just as Mort is about to tell them what he heard, Joan walks in. She asks Howley for her money because she is planning to leave the next day.

 

 

        Howley bluffs her and, frightened, she starts to back out but Mort blocks her way. Farrell orders him to put her in the back room and tie her to a chair. Howley objects but Farrell realizes that tonight's shipment must be a trap. He tells Howley about a little trap of his own and gives Howley his part to play.

 

 

        Unaware of Joan's plight, Roy tells Cookie he has had the engineer delay the train so it won't reach Paiute Pass until daylight. He is going to ride on the train himself. Then he asks where Joan is because she was supposed to meet him here. He phones Howley's office but there's no answer. He asks Cookie to check the trailer camp and then he leaves to get on the train. Cookie phones the Pioneers with Roy's plans.

 

 

        In the darkened room, Mort checks on Joan and deliberately loosens the rope around her wrists.

 

 

        Howley, playing his part, bangs on the outer door and is bid to enter by Farrell who calls him "Rogers". Howley walks across the floor, spurs jingling musically like Roy's. Unable to see him, Joan screams out from the other room, "Roy! Be careful!"

 

 

        "Stay where you are, Rogers!" orders Farrell and shoots. Joan is convinced Roy has been killed. In truth, an unsuspecting Howley has been killed by his erstwhile "partner". Even Mort is shocked. Farrell yells loud enough for Joan to hear, "Meet the train at Devil's Pass."

 

 

        Convinced that Roy has been murdered, Joan struggles anew with her bonds, frees herself and leaves through the unlocked window. Farrell peeks in, sees she has escaped and gets Mort to help him stuff Howley into his own safe.

 

 

        Meanwhile, in the State Police station, the Pioneers are putting in time cleaning their guns to the tune of "Sweet Laredo Lou".

 

 

        Cookie enters and is just beginning to ask where Joan is when she bursts into the room, flings herself into Cookie's arms, sobbing that Roy has been killed and that they're going to hold the train up at Devil's Pass. Everyone rushes over to Howley's office. They see blood and conclude that it's Roy's. They make arrangements for Toni to stay at headquarters to field calls and Joan will accompany the Pioneers on Trigger. She is determined to see that Farrell gets what's coming to him.

 

 

        Meanwhile, Roy is on the train with the remnants of his herd.

 

        As the train approaches Devil's Gap, Cookie, Joan and the Pioneers prepare to prevent the theft of the herd but the train goes right on through. Puzzled, the watchers don't know what to make of it but assume Farrell must have lost his nerve. They start back to headquarters.

 

 

        Roy, on the train and still believing the original plan is in order, notes he is passing Devil's Pass and checks his gun.

 

 

        The rustlers, led by Farrell, race to their meeting point.

 

 

        When they see the train, the rustlers race in to mount the slow-moving train, open the doors and prod the cattle out of the cars. Roy finally sees how the rustling was done in the previous theft and waits in vain for the Pioneers to appear.

 

 

        Big cattle liners are waiting to load the cattle. The engineers see what is happening but are unable to help.

 

 

        Roy, finally realizing that the Pioneers are not going to appear, sees the rustlers gun down the train crew and enter the car he is in. Roy gets one of the men. The others run and hide behind the trucks.

 

 

        Roy drops out of the train on the opposite side and dashes up to the engine. Mort is hit by a bullet. Roy, in the engine, pulls Casey's old tattoo on the whistle.

 

 

The Pioneers hear Casey's old signal and, not quite understanding, race back to see what's going on.

 

 

 

        When Cookie sees Roy is still alive, he can hardly believe his eyes.

 

 

        Mort sees they are losing and he begs Farrell to help him.  Farrell shoots him instead and climbs into one of the cattle trucks. Cookie and the Pioneers make quick work of the outlaws and Roy helps himself to bullets from Cookie's shell belt before he leaps onto Trigger to follow the truck.

 

 

 

        Roy cuts across country, intercepts the truck and climbs up into it.

 

 

        He fights his way into the passenger side. Farrell struggles to keep the truck on the road and beat Roy off but falls out himself. Roy manages to stop the truck at the verge of the abyss just as Trigger catches up.

 

 

        Joan arrives soon afterward and crawls under the truck to reach Roy. They see the train continue on it's way with Cookie and the Pioneers in charge, cattle reloaded. Roy offers Joan her dad's "lucky" piece but she refuses vehemently. It's always brought her dad bad luck and she wants no part of it. Roy throws it down into the ravine after Farrell and the movie ends.

 

 

Production and Publicity Stills

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Jan Scott

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Jan Scott

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

eBay photo

 

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

 

Calin Coburn Collections ©2004

 

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

 

 

Courtesy of the late Ed Phillips

 

eBay image

 

 

Posters

 

Courtesy of Jan Scott

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Les Adams

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

Ebay images

 

 

Sheet Music

 

 

 

Newspaper Clipping

 

Courtesy of Les Adams

 

 

 

Press Book

 

Courtesy of Les Adams

 

Courtesy of Les Adams

 

Courtesy of Les Adams