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Prairie Chickens (1943)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Western | 21 May 1943 (USA)
Another in the Roach "streamliner" series of semi-westerns top-billing Jimmy Rogers (Jimmy) and Noah Beery, Jr. (Pidge) as out-of-work cowhands. This one is a showcase - in some instances ... See full summary »


Hal Roach Jr.


Arnold Belgard (story), Earle Snell (story) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Rogers Jimmy Rogers ... Jimmy
Noah Beery Jr. ... Pidge
Joe Sawyer ... Albertson
Marjorie Woodworth ... Lucy
Jack Norton ... Henry Lewis-Clark III
Raymond Hatton ... Jefferson Gilbert
Rosemary La Planche ... Yola


Another in the Roach "streamliner" series of semi-westerns top-billing Jimmy Rogers (Jimmy) and Noah Beery, Jr. (Pidge) as out-of-work cowhands. This one is a showcase - in some instances too much so - for oft-times screen-drunk Jack Norton (Henry Lewis Clark III) who takes no drinks here but gets the same results from popping vitamin pills. Clark is coming West to take a look at his 35,000 acre ranch that only has 1500 head of cattle on it according to crooked ranch foreman Albertson, which is basically correct since Albertson and his henchmen have rustled the other 4,000 head. Albertson talks the town civic leaders, including hotel proprietor Jefferson Gilbert, into staging a three-day welcoming party for Clark to keep him away from the ranch while trucks are hauling off the cattle. Thanks to Clark's chauffeur Farnsworth, who gives the stranded Jimmy and Pidge a lift, Pidge is mistaken for Clark. Also enter a tour bus filled with the likes of Marjorie Woodworth, Rosemary LaPlance, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Here comes Miss America of 1941 with those sagebrush romeos - Noah Beery Jr., and Jimmy Rogers (son of Will)! See more »


Action | Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

21 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spøgeri paa Ranchen See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 6 November 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Tuesday 1 February 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Chicago Thursday 17 March 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), and in Detroit Thursday 15 September 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »


Follows Calaboose (1943) See more »

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Chickens Home To Roost
25 May 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised viewing this film in the early AM and finding out how good this 48 minute feature film was for something done on a sandal string by Hal Roach, Jr.

Jimmy Rogers (who was the younger son of Will) and Noah Beery, Jr. are a pair of down on their luck cowboys that I don't think we saw anything close to until Burt Kennedy's The Rounders over 20 years later. These two galoots don't even have horses, they're getting around the country in an old clunker that one still has to start with a crank.

They get themselves hit by a chauffeur driven car with Jack Norton as the perpetually soused multi-millionaire who's visiting one of his properties, a ranch that Joe Sawyer has been running for him and skimming the profits off. Norton may very well have been the inspiration for Dudley Moore's Arthur.

No use to go any further in describing this film, but it's a lot of laughs as only Hal Roach studios knew how to manufacture them on a dime.

It's also notable for the fact that Noah Beery, Jr.'s character name in the film is Pidge which was a nickname he was known by among his friends.

This film is really quite a scream.

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