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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

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Robert Yost (screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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A FIGHTING WILDCAT...where there's guns to blaze and gals to love (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

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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Quotes

Marshal Gabby Whitaker: I bet your head feels bigger than an overgrown pumpkin.
Scott 'Arizona' Warren: Oh, it does.
Marshal Gabby Whitaker: I got just the cure for it - an injun remedy. Chief Sitting Bull himself gave me the recipe for learning him how to follow a trail. It cures aches, pains, bunions, calluses, galloping consumption and the seven year itch.
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Remade as In Old Sacramento (1946) See more »

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Polly Wolly Doodle
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Played in the saloon
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One of the best of Roy's early westerns
23 September 1999 | by beejerSee all my reviews

The Carson City Kid is a "B" western to be sure, however, this one is a cut above the average.

Rogers had not yet evolved into the the yodeling/singing hero of the range. At this stage of his career, the studio was not casting him as himself but as "good" bad guys. In fact in this picture he sings only one song and that is a duet with the heroine.

What sets this picture apart is the excellent supporting cast. First, we have Gabby Hayes playing the Marshal and Noah Beery Jr. as Arizona who is befriended by Roy along the way. Heading up the villains are Bob Steele and the venerable Hal Taliaferro. Even Yakima Canutt turns up in an unbilled bit as the bartender. Steele always made a better villain than hero and in my humble opinion, takes the picture away from Rogers.

To be fair, Roy was just getting started and didn't do that bad of a job. The Carson City Kid remains one of Roy's better early westerns.


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