Ridin' Down the Canyon

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  • Passed
  • 1942
  • 55 min
  • 6.5  (103)

Ridin' Down the Canyon is a classic Western film from 1942, starring Roy Rogers as himself, alongside George 'Gabby' Hayes as the sidekick, Gabby Whittaker, and Bob Nolan as himself. The movie was directed by Joseph Kane and released by Republic Pictures. The film opens with Roy Rogers and his troupe of singing cowboys, the Sons of the Pioneers, on their way to a new performance venue in Paradise Valley. Along the way, they meet Bob Nolan, a singer and songwriter who is trying to sell his songs to Roy. He shows them a new tune he has been working on called "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," which immediately impresses Roy and the rest of the group. Bob is invited to join them on their journey, and they all head off towards Paradise Valley together.

As they arrive in the town, they find that the local cattle ranchers are struggling to keep their business afloat due to a series of cattle rustlings. The gang of rustlers is led by the villainous Henry Larrabee (Cyril Ring), who is determined to drive the small-time ranchers out of business and take their land for himself. Roy and his group decide to intervene and help the ranchers by lending them their musical talents and their fearless bravery.

During their time in Paradise Valley, Roy and his cohorts find themselves in the middle of a love triangle between local rancher Molly McVey (Ruth Terry) and her two suitors: the handsome but shallow Jim Bannister (Paul Kelly) and the kind but plain-spoken Rusty (Tom London). As they navigate the tension between the three, they also continue to try and stop Larrabee and his gang from causing further damage to the small community.

The film is full of classic Western tropes, such as daring gunfights, horseback chases, and campfire musical numbers. Roy Rogers is as charismatic as ever, sporting his signature cowboy hat and riding his trusty horse, Trigger. George 'Gabby' Hayes provides comedic relief as the lovable but bumbling Gabby, while Bob Nolan and his Sons of the Pioneers entertain with their renowned harmonies and catchy tunes.

One of the standout moments in the film is the performance of the title song, "Ridin' Down the Canyon." The beautiful melody and poignant lyrics are accompanied by sweeping shots of the stunning natural landscape, capturing the essence of the Western genre and conveying the free-spirited nature of Roy Rogers and his companions.

Overall, Ridin' Down the Canyon is a classic Western film that will appeal to fans of the genre and lovers of vintage cinema alike. Its combination of thrilling action sequences, heartwarming romance, and toe-tapping musical numbers make it a true gem of its time, and a testament to the enduring legacy of Roy Rogers and his colleagues.

Ridin' Down the Canyon is a 1942 western with a runtime of 55 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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    6.5  (103)