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On the Old Spanish Trail

(aka as "Outlaws of Sioux City" / "Heart of Mexico")

 

Republic Pictures Corporation

Release Date: 1947 10 15

Running time: 75 minutes

Key book (production) number: 1527

Location: Walker Ranch / Kernville

 

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Introduction: Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers are cast as entertainers in a traveling show that is doing poorly. All their hopes are in Roy Rogers.

 

Credits

 

 

Cast:

Roy Rogers as himself

Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers

Tito Guizar as Ricco the gypsy

Jane Frazee as Candy Martin

Estelita Rodriguez as Lola, the gypsy

Andy Devine as Constable Cookie Bullfincher

Charles McGraw as Happy Blaisdell

Fred Graham as Marco the Great

Steve Darrell as Al, safe robber

Marshall Reed as Gus, safe robber

Wheaton Chambers as McIntyre, Oil company clerk

Ed Cassidy as the Sheriff

 

Songs:

Guadalajara (Pepe Guizar)
Here is My Helping Hand (Bob Nolan)

Song
On the Old Spanish Trail (K L Smith / Jimmy Kennedy)
My Adobe Hacienda (Louise Massey / Lee Penny)
Una Furtiva Lagrima is from L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848).
I’ll Never Love Again moves into La Borachita


Plot Summary:

        The sheriff, (Ed Cassidy) arrives at Roy Rogers' ranch with Mr. Burnette who holds an overdue load to Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers, which Roy has co-signed. The collateral for the loan had been Roy's ranch. Roy asks Burnette for two weeks to raise the money and then rides out to see the Pioneers at their tent show. Along the road, Roy discovers an open suitcase belonging to Candy Martin. As Roy is examining the contents, the girl pulls up in her car and berates him. Candy gathers her belongings and drives away. A masked gypsy holds Roy up but takes only a picture of Miss Martin that Roy had hidden in his shirt.

        That night at the Santa Lucia Hotel Roy meets his old friend Constable Cookie Bullfincher and accepts his offer of a bed, of which there is a scarcity due to the tent show being in town. Cookie tells Roy that there is a $10,000 reward for the capture of the robber who has held up several oil company offices. Ricco the gypsy who stopped Roy on the road, is the man suspect as he was in the areas during the thefts. The gypsy, however, is innocent and has only followed the Great Southwestern Tent Show which the Pioneers own because of his infatuation with Candy Martin the star attraction.

        Roy sees the reward as a way out of their financial problems. The next morning, Roy visits the tent and Bob introduces him to Candy and Happy Blaisdell, the business manager. Roy learns that the tent show has not been making money mainly due to bad publicity surrounding the robberies that seem to follow the show. Bob asks Roy to rejoin the act while they try and work out the money problems and Roy agrees.

        Blaisdell, who is the leader of the gang, tells Marco the Great, his punch drunk henchman who performs a knife throwing act with the show, that if Rogers gets too close to the truth, they'll have to get rid of him.

        Ricco's jealous girl friend Lola warns Candy to stay away from Ricco despite the girl's protests that she does not even know him. Marco overhears Lola mention the gypsy and pulls the girl from Candy's wagon. Roy intervenes and tries to question the girl about Ricco when Marco starts a fight which is broken up when Blaisdell comes on the scene.

        Later, at the gypsy camp, Blaisdell's men shoot at Ricco, slightly wounding him. Lola, believing he is dying, returns to the tent show and forces Candy to accompany her back to her camp. Candy rides out on Trigger which will assure  her that Roy will follow. Ricco, feigning injury, asks Candy to sing a song. Roy arrives and expresses his intention to take Ricco back to the sheriff. Just then, Blaisdell and his men walk up and try to take charge. Roy engages in another fight and beats Marco before bringing Ricco to town.

        Blaisdell who has been able to focus suspicion on Ricco, does not want him in jail as he cannot be blamed for any more robberies. That night, Cookie, sleepwalking overhears Blasdell plotting with his men to break Ricco out of jail but the next day he only remembers it as a dream and he is relieved to find Ricco still locked up in his cell.

        Blaisdell has arranged a Wild West stagecoach robbery in town to cover his real raid on the Oil company. Roy goes to the jail and finds Cookie tied and gagged. The constable tells him Ricco escaped but just then the gypsy climbs back in through a window and explains that two men knocked Cookie out and took him from the jail. They told him to ride across the border and not to return. Ricco has come back to keep his promise to Roy not to escape until Roy could find the real crooks. Cookie releases Ricco in Roy's custody as they prepare to take part in the fake holdup.

        Ricco goes to the Oil Company and holds it up just as the show in the street begins. Shortly after, Marco, Al and Gus come in and loot the safe. Ricco tries to capture them but the trio try to escape in a volley of shots. Gus and Al are killed and Marco rushes to the waiting coach. The crowd believes it is part of the show. Cookie, driving the coach, races out of town with Candy and Blaisdell as passengers. Roy rides after the coach. Cookie disarms Marco in a fight atop the careening coach. A wild ride follows with Candy struggling with Blasdell while Marco and Cookie fight over the reins. Marco is knocked off the coach and Roy captures Blaisdell as the Pioneers ride up.

        For a moment it seems that Ricco ahs actually robbed the oil company safe but he rides up and returns the money explaining that he took it to prevent Blaisdell from taking it. Cookie takes Blaisdell and Marco to jail and with the reward money going to Roy, the loan can be paid. (...to be continued.)

 

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