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The Carson City Kid (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Western | 1 July 1940 (USA)
Roy is a bandit who is out to get the man who killed his younger brother. He learns as he rides into the town of Sonora that the man is the owner of the local saloon and gambling hall.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Robert Yost (screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers aka Carson City Kid
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Marshal Gabby Whittaker
Bob Steele ... Lee Jessup
Noah Beery Jr. ... Scott 'Arizona' Warren
Pauline Moore ... Joby Madison
Francis McDonald ... Laramie (as Francis MacDonald)
Hal Taliaferro ... Rick Harmon
Arthur Loft ... Slick Gambler
George Rosener ... Judge Tucker
Chester Gan ... Wong Lee
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Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers, and not playing "himself" but playing a character named Roy Rogers), posing as The Carson City Kid, is seeking vengeance on Morgan Reynolds, the man who killed his brother. To find Reynolds in the gold towns, he systematically stops stagecoaches and goes through the mail, hoping to find letters addressed to Reynolds and thusly learn his whereabouts. Thus "The Kid" earns the reputation of a stagecoach robber, although he never takes anything, and the reputation is enhanced by the fact that he travels with Laramie (Francis McDonald), a notorious half-breed outlaw. A posse is about to capture them and Roy rides back to get Laramie whose horse has been shot, and Laramie repays the favor by slugging Roy and escaping on his horse Trigger. The posse rides by the unseen Roy and captures Laramie and, since he is riding the "Kid's" horse, take him to jail as being the "Kid." Laramie denies this and is told he will be free when he identifies the "Kid"; othewise he will ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Red-hot revenge and roaring romance! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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[Roy has just rescued the lovely young Joby from a drunken admirer]
Roy Rogers, posing as The Carson City Kid: I was going to ask you to have a drink, but that's the same mistake the other fellow made.
Joby Madison: Oh, I quit drinking 30, 40 years ago. I guess I'm getting old. I don't even like my pipe anymore.
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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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Camptown Races
Written by Stephen Foster
Played in the saloon
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Good Story, But Rushed
15 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Roy Rogers is The Carson City Kid, a notorious outlaw. Actually, no, it's largely he just has the reputation. He's been trailing the man who killed his brother, and has concluded it's saloon owner Bob Steele, who has just hired him as a guard. Marshall Gabby Hayes deputizes him, in case he needs to kill anyone. Meanwhile, Steele has just cheated miner out of the gold he has mined, and has proposed to saloon singer Pauline Moore, who turns him down. So Steele fires Miss and Rogers, leading to the conclusion.

The ending is a bit rushed. That might be the way it was originally released, or perhaps the four minutes cut off the original for the version I saw helped make sense. Miss Moore and Roy each sing one song, Trigger gets only a couple of minutes of screen time, and there's a well-timed horseback chase towards the end, sure to please oater fans. The story is certain more nuanced than usual for B westerns, because Roy Rogers was a rising singing cowboy star, and he and Steele get to do a little more acting than they would have down in Gower Gulch. Director Joe Kane directs this just a mite leetle too fast, as Gabby would say, but it's a decent way to spend just under an hour.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Carson City Kid See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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