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Roll On, Texas Moon

(aka "Shine On, Texas Moon")

Republic Pictures Corporation

Production Dates: late April to mid-May 1946

Release Date: 1946 09 12

Running time: 65 or 67-68 minutes

Key book (production) number: 1523

Location: Kernville / Lone Pine

 

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This movie is available on DVD.

 

        Roll On, Texas Moon is an amusing take on the rancher-sheepherder wars of the Old West with the comedy provided by a lamb's attraction to a sheep-hating cattleman. The Sons of the Pioneers are ranch hands with a fair amount of dialogue. They back up Roy's songs, of course, none of which were written by Bob Nolan or Tim Spencer.

 

 

 

 


 

The Cast

 

Dale Evans as Jill Delaney and Roy Rogers as himself

 

Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers as cattle ranch hands

Bob Nolan, Karl Farr, Shug Fisher, Hugh Farr, Lloyd Perryman and Pat Brady

 

George Hayes as Gabby Whittaker (cattleman) and Elisabeth Risdon as Cactus Kate Taylor (sheep rancher)

 

Left: Francis McDonald as Steve Anders and Dennis Hoey as Cole Gregory

Right: Kenne Duncan as Brannigan, Gregory's henchman

 

Harry Strang as Williams and Steve Darrell as Cummings, cattlemen and Taffy, the Lamb

 

Others in the Cast:

Edward Keane as Frank Wilson

Tom London as the Sheriff

Ed Cassidy as Prescott

Lee Shumway as Barnes

Pierce Lyden as Stuhler, henchman

Tommy Coats, truck driver henchman

Rose Mary Lopez and Juan Reyes as the young dancers

 

Songs:

What’s Doin’ Tonight in Dreamland? (Jack Elliott)

Jumpin' Bean (Jack Elliott)

Won't You Be a Friend of Mine (Jack Elliott)
Roll On Texas Moon (Jack Elliott) dream sequence
Jumpin’ Bean / Roll On Texas Moon Finale


Plot:

        The film begins with Gabby Whittaker angrily chasing sheep off his property, firing his revolver in the air as he goes. Shortly, he discovers his neighbour's body just as the dead man's friend, Kate Taylor, gallops down with foreman, Steve Anders. Things look bad for Gabby as he has obviously just fired his gun. Anders takes him to the sheriff's office.

 

 

        In Chicago, awhile later, Roy Rogers has been called into the Whirligig Cattle Syndicate office and is asked to see what he can do about solving all the trouble among the ranchers and sheepmen. He is told that Gabby has been freed because Delaney had been killed by a rifle, not a revolver, bullet. It is Gabby he needs to talk to first.

 

 

        Back at the Ramshead Sheep Ranch, Kate is taking Jill for a lesson in driving horses. Jill's pet lamb, Taffy, shares the seat with them. They suprise some cattlemen driving their sheep back with guns so Jill whips up the horses and they race to the Sheriff's office. On the way, they meet Gabby and Taffy takes a shine to him, much to his disgust. The sheepman-cattleman hate is evident in Gabby and Kate's mutual loathing.

 

 

        Kate and Jill stop in to see their lawyer, Cole Gregory. Jill states clearly that she's had enough; that she wants to get out of the ranching business and go back to San Francisco because there's too much trouble with the cattlemen. Kate accuses her of betraying her Delaney name and leaving her with all the problems. Ashamed, Jill agrees to stay for one more month.

 

 

        Meanwhile, Taffy follows Gabby home and when he realizes he is alone with the little animal, Gabby takes out his revolver and attempts to shoot it. He can't do it. He psychs himself up to try once more but is interrupted by the Sons of the Pioneers galloping home from their fencing job.

 

 

        He quickly hides the lamb in the barn and nonchalantly steps out to meet them. Bob finds a bit of wool on the front of his shirt and teases him. Gabby denies everything and claims the wool was from an old union suit of his.

 

 

 

        Later that evening, while the Pioneers are in the bunkhouse playing cards, they hear a "Baa!" They find the lamb, realize what Gabby's "union suit" was and decide to put the lamb back in with him for the night.

 

 

 

 

        Roy drives up unexpectedly, intending to talk to Gabby. The Pioneers warn him that it's not a good idea to wake Gabby up because he has nightmares. Roy grabs the guitar from his back seat and decides to wake him by singing What's Doin' Tonight in Dreamland.

 

 

 

        When Gabby finally wakes up and calls for Roy to come in, he can't move because his nightshirt was caught in the door when he hurriedly locked Taffy in the closet. He continues to deny having anything to do with sheep until Roy faces him with the truth and they let Taffy out. Gabby offers to put Roy up for the night. He tells Roy about "thet durned girl" and Roy recognizes an opening for dialogue with the sheep ranchers by returning Taffy to her.

 

 

        Next morning, Roy rides to the Ramshead Ranch to return Taffy to Jill Delaney and finds the gate locked. As he's trying to unlock it, Taffy gets away and heads back to Gabby. Roy ignores the lamb, mounts Trigger and jumps him over the fence. The Delaney's foreman, Steve Anders, with his newly-hired gunmen, meet him, disarm him and then propose to get rid of him. Roy does a pony express and rides right into the main yard, stopping in front of Jill and Kate.

 

 

 

 

        Roy explains that he'd been returning Taffy and that he wanted to stop the impending range war. He invites Jill to the dance and Kate counsels her to refuse, so she does. But, after Roy leaves, she changes her mind.

        Kate and Jill enter the dance hall just as the Sons of the Pioneers are singing "Jumpin' Bean" on a raised stage with small tables set around the floor in front of them.

 

 

 

Rose Mary Lopez and Juan Reyes, young Mexican dancers

 

        There is an imaginary "deadline" separating the cattlemen from the ranchers. Roy's group is on one side and Jill's on the other so Roy picks up Taffy and carries him across the deadline to give him to Jill. He's accused of being a sheep lover.

 

 

        While the Pioneers were singing, Anders kills Hampshire Prince, the Delaney's prize ram, and then rushes back to the dance to accuse the cattlemen of doing it. There are a couple of fist fights and Kate pulls Jill out of harm's way then joins in with the excited spectators herself.

 

 

        Suddenly, the scene becomes serious, everyone pulls guns and backs to their side of the room. The Sheriff rushes in with his own gun drawn and lays down the law. Roy declares he's on the side of law and order, too. Cole joins them and then others until the dangerous situation is defused.

 

 

        When the tension has dissipated, Jill remarks on Roy's courage and Kate makes a slighting remark in return. Williams, the cattleman that Roy has beaten, vows to his buddy, Cummings, that he will get Roy yet.

 

 

        The next morning, as she watches the men bury Hampshire Prince, Jill makes up her mind to stay and see it through. She and Kate ask Anders why, with all the new men he has hired, that he let the killer through. Kate gives him an ultimatum and remind him that even his job isn't secure.

        Jill is given a message to meet Cole in town and she gets into her car immediately. Roy and Gabby, down at the original site of Delaney's murder, see that she's lost control of her car. Roy jumps onto Trigger and races in pursuit in time to see the car careening off the road and into the river. He dives into the river, rescues Jill, and Gabby pulls them both to safety with his lariat.

 

 

 

 

 

        Roy borrows Gabby's horse for Jill and they ride to his ranch for dry clothes. While he is hanging Jill's clothing over the fence to dry, she gets into some of Roy's garments and discovers an old Victrola in the room. She looks through the cylinders until she finds "Won't You be a Friend of Mine" and puts it on. Roy comes through the window and joins her in the song.

 

   

    

 

        Bob and Gabby ride up in time to hear the end of the song and, while Bob puts the horses away, Roy asks Jill for a job. Both she and Gabby consider the job much too dangerous, but she accepts reluctantly. Bob comes back with Trigger and Gabby's horse and Roy rides Jill home and stays to start work right away. Gabby, still worried, goes into his room to do some work on the accounts. Taffy, of course, follows him.

 

 

 

 

 

        Down at the river, Anders and his men have been preparing to pull the car out but they are interrupted by a messenger from Cole who wants to see Anders right away. Cole is just preparing to leave the Delaney Ranch. He pretends he thinks Roy's presence at the ranch is a good thing. Kate disagrees.

 

 

 

        Anders rides up and Cole makes some pretext to see him alone in order to give him instructions: let Roy die a hero's death. We see Cole now as he really is - a thief and a murderer. He had stolen money from Delaney and then killed him to keep out of prison. There is no range war. Cole has created the ill feeling to cover his tracks.

        Meanwhile, Gabby tries to do some work but the bleating of the lamb irritates him and, still worried about Roy, he falls asleep in his rocking chair. He dreams about Roy and Jill singing "Roll On, Texas Moon". Just as Roy is handing Jill into the car and getting in himself, the car catches fire and Gabby wakes up yelling for Roy. He believes the dream is important somehow and tries to decide whether or not to leave a message to have Roy call him.

 

 

        That night, Roy is set up to be murdered by two of Anders men while he is on guard duty. Jill tries once more to dissuade him from going. Back at the hotel, Williams has been brooding over Roy beating him and decides to meet him again and try to best him.

 

       

 

        Kate and Cole are playing a game of cribbage when the telephone rings. Jill answers it and Gabby tells her about his dream. He asks her to tell Roy about it when he came in and Jill promises. Then she tells Kate and Cole that Gabby had a dream about the car. Cole makes a bad move, loses the game, rises and leaves. He phones Anders and tells him to destroy the car completely.

 

   

 

        Roy is sent out to guard a certain place - where he is to be ambushed. At the same time, Williams decides to shoot it out with Roy, too. Instead of shooting only Roy, Anders shoots both of them intending to report that they shot each other. But Roy has been playing possum and when the men check on their shooting, he overhears them say Anders had ordered him killed. They ride off and a large group of cattlemen ride up, accusing Roy of killing Williams. Roy escapes.

        Next morning, hearing that Roy is now a fugitive, Jill makes up her mind to leave. Cole offers to buy the ranch and she accepts. While he is getting the papers out of his car, the phone rings and Roy asks her to meet him by the river. They compare notes and decide that the trouble with her car had been no accident so they ride down to take another look. Anders' men are there before them and all leave but one. Roy checks the car over and finds it has been tampered with. Anders' man grabs Jill's horse and rides away with Roy hot on his heels.

 

 

 

 

 

        Jill is left to face the cattlemen who ignore her and follow Roy. Gabby, riding in front, weaves back and forth to shield Roy from their bullets. Jill jumps into the truck and follows them to The Ramshead Ranch. Roy arrives first and Gabby holds the cattlemen at the gate. Jill catches up with them and tells Gabby that Cole is behind it all. Gabby believes her and the posse now follows him to help Roy.

 

 

 

   

 

        Meanwhile, Roy has followed his man to the Ramshead, bulldogs him from his horse and is surrounded by Cole and Anders' gang. Hidden, Kate watches as Roy holds them at gunpoint and tells them that he's taking them in to the Sheriff. Brannigan, standing behind him unnoticed, pistol whips him and Cole is about to dispose of him once and for all when they notice the cattlemen galloping up. Everyone runs for cover and a shooting war commences with the cattlemen winning.

        Cole runs to the barn to saddle a horse. Roy, regaining consciousness, disposes of Anders and follows Cole. Cole is just about to shoot Roy when Kate walks in and takes care of Cole. Gabby and Jill walk in and everyone shakes hands, all ill feeling vanquished.

 

 

 

        The last scene takes place at the hotel with the Sons of the Pioneers singing "Jumpin' Bean" again, this time joined by Jill and Roy. Kate and Gabby are sitting together and all's well that ends well.

 

  

  

  

 

 


 

Professional publicity and production Stills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roy and Trigger

 

Courtesy of Fred Sopher

 

Dale Evans holding Taffy,  Elisabeth Risdon and Gabby Hayes

 

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

 

Roy Rogers with Gabby Hayes holding Taffy.

 

Francis McDonald and Roy Rogers in forefront.

 

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

 The Deadline

 

 

 

 

 

Dale Evans, Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

 

  

Left: Roy Rogers, Taffy and Dale Evans

Right: Dale Evans and Dennis Hoey

 

 Dale Evans, Roy Rogers and Tommy Coats

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

 

 

Roy Rogers and Francis McDonald

(Courtesy of Fred Sopher)

 

 

Singing "Jumping Bean"

 

 

Bob Nolan, Pat Brady, Lloyd Perryman, Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, Hugh Farr, Karl Farr and Shug Fisher

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 


 

Posters and Lobby Cards

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

The Calin Coburn Collections ©2004

 

The Calin Coburn Collections ©2004

 

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

 

Courtesy of Buddy Bryant

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

The Calin Coburn Collections ©2004

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

 

 


 

Press Kits

 

Courtesy of Les Adams