The “King of the Cowboys,” on the Big Screen..
ROUGH RIDERS ROUND-UP; 1939; Studio: Republic Pictures; Director: Joseph Kane; Cast: Roy Rogers, Lynne Roberts, Raymond Hatton, Eddie Acuff
It’s the end of the Spanish-American War, and the “King of the Cowboys” joins up with his fellow Rough Riders to become US Border Patrolmen along the US/Mexican border. When outlaws try to steal gold off stagecoaches or from express offices, Roy Rogers is there to safeguard life and property. Things are complicated when one of their own is killed by Arizona Jack, sending Roy and partner Rusty on a crusade to find the killer that leads to the discovery of a gold smuggling operation.The movie features two songs by Roy, “Ridin’ Down the Trail” and “Hereon the Range With You;” the perennial favorite, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” is sung by soldiers at the beginning of the film. This movie is considered a remake of two other films, The Marines Are Coming (1934) and Guns in the Dark (1937). “He feels sure his men will catch Arizona Jack this time.” “Oh, he couldn’t catch flies!”
Movie commentary provided for our recently released 2021 Vintage Westerns Calendar seen above provided by Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg. Dr. Blumberg is an educator, publisher, author, comic book and pop culture historian, and former museum curator. He is the author or co-author of Journey of the Living Dead, Zombiemania, and Howe’s Transcendental Toybox. He was the editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, and also writes for IGN.com and Fandom. He holds a doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and teaches courses in everything from comics and superhero mythology to zombies to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can find him on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead