Republic Pictures present "ROBIN HOOD OF THE PECOS" (14 January 1941) (64 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, at the age of 18 --- played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws and his own group, the International Cowboys --- In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer called "Sons of the Pioneers" --- While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye, then Dick Weston and finally Roy Rogers --- Their songs included "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" --- They first appeared in the western "Rhythm on the Range" (1936), starring Bing Crosby --- In 1937 Roy went solo and made his first starring film in 1938, "Under Western Stars" (1938) --- He made almost 100 films --- then came television, "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951) ran on CBS from October 1951 through September 1964.
Under Joseph Kane (Director / Producer), Olive Cooper...
I recently received Robin Hood of the Pecos(1941) from Amazon this year. It's a thoroughly enjoyable Roy Rogers/Gabby Hayes Western romp for its time, directed by Joseph Kane. I am 65 and the last time I saw it was in the 1950's in the theater. It is filled with a lot of good humor and action, although based on a story of the post Civil War efforts to heal the tragic and deep wounds between the brother and sisters of the North and South. The dialogue is fast-paced,funny and the action is nonstop. Any songs are in the background or sung by Roy for story continuity. This is an unusual Rogers western in that he and Gabby act outside the established law- the territorial governor, Ambrose Ballard(Cy Kendall)), who is ruthless and corrupt.Roy and Gabby's characters hang out with the likes of outlaws Sam and Belle Starr( who is played by Sally Payne almost as a giddy teenager married to an adult Sam Starr, rather than the mature Belle Starr character played by Jane Russell in a later...
This is one of my favorite Roy and Gabby pictures. None of that goofy "Oklahoma" stuff here. Roy is an outlaw working against the carpetbagger government. Gabby is always good and enough of a reason on his own to buy any DVD. Another treat, as always, is Sally Payne as Belle Starr. I love Roy. I love Trigger. I love Gabby. I love Sally Payne. There's no better combination in whatever they do. 5 stars.
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