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Sunset in El Dorado

 

Republic Pictures Corporation

Production Dates: from June 4 to late June, 1945

Release Date: 1945 09 24

Running time: 66 minutes (5,909 ft or 7 reels)

Key book (production) number: 1421

Location: Iverson's Ranch

 

Note: Hugh Farr was not in the movie as he was recovering from surgery. The Sons of the Pioneers have very little part in this shortened film. We have been unable to find the original full length movie. Very likely the song sequences were cut for the television viewers.

 

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This movie is available on DVD.

 

Introduction: This is the story of an upper class Eastern girl who goes West to find her roots. In a dream she steps back into her grandmother's life.

 

Credits

 

Cast:

Roy Rogers as himself

George Hayes as Gabby

Dale Evans as Lucille Wiley / Kansas Kate

Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers

Hardie Albright as Cecil Phelps / Cyril Earle

Margaret Dumont as Aunt Dolly / Aunt Arabella

Roy Barcroft as Buster

Tom London as Sheriff Gridley

Stanley Price as Lyle Fish, henchman

Bob Wilke as Curley Rogers, henchman

Ed Cassidy as the Marshal

Dorothy Granger as the switchboard operator

Hank Bell as the stagecoach driver

Bud Osborne as a prospector

George Chesebro as the drunken prospector

Jack Kirk as Bill, the bartender

LeRoy Mason as a voice

Tex Terry as the henchman with the broken wagon

 

Songs:

Go West, Go West, Young Man (Gordon Forster aka Tim Spencer) The Pioneers led by Bob and Ken are singing in the bus Dale is “running away” in.
Belle of the El Dorado (Jack Elliott) Roy singing to Dale in the saloon.
I’m Awfully Glad I Met You (George Meyer / Jack Brisbane) Dale.
The Lady Who Wouldn’t Say ‘Yes’ (Jack Elliott) Roy and Dale.
Call of the Prairie (Hugh “Ken” Carson) Roy and Dale on horseback into fadeout.

Missing:
Be My Little Baby Bumblebee (Henry Marshal / Stan Murphy)
Tain’t No Use (Ken Carson) Must be a Pioneer song. The Pioneers walk across the scene once and that is their total appearance in the cut film. You see them for less than a minute

 

Plot:

Lucille Wiley tires of her job with a bus company and suddenly departs for places unknown, much to the surprise of her fiancée Cecil Phelps and her Aunt Dolly, who take off in hot pursuit. They catch up with her, but she pulls some dirty work on the car and they are stranded in the desert near the ghost town of El Dorado. They split up to search for help and Lucille runs into singing cowboy Roy Rogers and persuades him to tow the car into El Dorado. In the ruins of the Golden Nugget gambling house, she meets an old prospector, Gabby Whittaker, who immediately notices her striking resemblance to a portrait of Kansas Kate Wiley, queen of the old Golden Nugget. She tells Gabby that Kansas Kate was her grandmother and Gabby leaves her to fall asleep in Kate's room. Dreaming, she is carried back to the roaring boomtown of El Dorado in its heyday... where Cyril Earle, owner of the Golden Nugget, is in love with Kansas Kate, his star entertainer. When Kate's friend Gabby makes a gold strike, she stakes him so that he can file his claim. Cyril and his henchman Buster Welch try to get Gabby's claim, but cowboy Roy Rogers (dual role) comes to the rescue, cleaning up the syndicate of thieves in El Dorado, and Kate falls in love with Roy. (Courtesy of Les Adams)

 

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