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The Roy Rogers Show is a western television series that was broadcast in the U.S. on the NBC network. The series starred ranch owner, Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans as the Eureka Cafe proprietor in the fictional town of Mineral City. Pat Brady was Dale's cook and Roy's sidekick.

The series was filmed at Samuel Goldwyn Studios and its original sponsor was General Foods, featuring Post Cereals and Jell-O. Dale Evans wrote the show's famous theme song, Happy Trails, which is sung over end credits by both Evans and Rogers.

The series featured both traditional cowboys as well as cowgirls carrying six-shooters in contemporary settings. They rode horses and coexisted with vehicles, electric lighting and telephones. There was no attempt at explaining or justifying the blend of the 19th and 20th century lifestyles.

A typical episode might follow actors rescuing a helpless and weak person from a variety of villains, such as claim jumpers, dishonest lawmen and rustlers.

Brady's jeep was called Nellybelle and seemed to have a mind of its own, often speeding away without a driver, leaving Brady in frantic pursuit.

The animal stars on the show were just as important as any other character, such as Roy's Palomino, Trigger and a German Shepherd called Bullet. The main Palomino, the original Trigger, was called "the Old Man" and was born to stock owner Captain Larry Good. The horse's second owner, Roy F. Cloud Jr., was a breeder from Noblesville, Indiana.

There were several horses used during filming that were called Trigger, such as Little Trigger that was featured on a Life magazine cover in 194. Trigger, Jr. was a stallion also used on personal appearances.

CBS broadcast the show and received Emmy nominations in 1955 for Best Western or Adventure Series. Reruns were broadcast for three and a half seasons Saturday mornings for over four years on NBC. Reruns were also aired in 1962 in France and are also aired on RFD-TV.

The show's popularity has been demonstrated by reruns, a museum and merchandise such as play sets, comic books, costumes and other items.

Sunday 6:00 PM et/pt on NBC
1 Season, 23 Episodes
December 30, 1951
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The Roy Rogers Show Full Episode Guide

  • Pat is elected sheriff of Martin County and his first order of business is to arrest the man who shot old mountain man Cliff Miller.

  • An elderly old man with diabetes is kidnapped by an employee and his gang, who plan to hold him for ransom. Roy and Dale must find the man and give him the insulin injection he needs before it's too late.

  • A dying prospector confides to Roy that the map to his gold mine is hidden in a shaft of the old abandoned Bedford Mine. When his widow comes to Mineral City, Roy and Dale set out to help her find the map.

  • A photographer talks Pat into posing for a picture pretending to rob a stagecoach. Pat doesn't know that this picture will be the beginning of a lot of trouble for him.

  • Two men arrive in Mineral City with a plan - they know that the teller at the bank once served time in prison for killing a man, and they threaten to expose his past unless he helps them rob the bank.

  • Roy and Pat pose as outlaws and travel to a desert town known as a safe haven for criminals in order to lure the outlaws out of town so the law can capture them.

  • An epidemic of cattle rustling hits the small ranchers and farmers in the valley and the cattle seem to just vanish into thin air.

  • A crooked postmaster hires two gunmen to rob a train carrying a valuable shipment to the bank.

  • A wealthy but ailing woman donates a large amount of money to build a clinic. However, the money is mistakenly given to a crook posing as an armed guard. Roy and Dale set out to capture the robber and return the money.

  • Rancher Jim Barton disappears one day, worrying his wife and housekeeper. A crooked rancher, who wants Barton's land because gold has been discovered on it, has kidnapped him.

  • Thelma, a young and naive friend of Dale's, has fallen in love with a hard-nosed, vicious gangster named Chick Dillon.

  • A saloon girl marries a miner and then has him murdered in order to attain his piece of a treasure map. She is determined to complete the map and her murdered husband's stepson holds the last missing piece!

  • Dale suspects Mayor Ralph Colton of dishonestly so she tells him that she has some money she wants to invest. Complications ensue when she discovers that a bandit gang is actually blackmailing Colton.

  • Jed Collins, a law-abiding bank employee, gets involved with a gang of bank robbers after his wife's death leaves him alone to fend for his daughter, Lucy.

  • Roy intervenes when an outlaw gang tries to kill old Granny Hobbs, a trapper, because she refuses to sell her land. When the gang plots to have Granny declared insane so they can take her property, Granny, Roy and Dale devise a trap for them.

  • Gregarious old "Doc" Stevens travels the territory in his "store on wheels". What no one realizes is that this "store" actually hides a transmitter that enables him to send information to a gang of vicious criminals in the area.

  • When a young man has been wrongly accused of murdering his fiancĂ©'s father, Dale helps him escape from jail so they can prove his innocence.

  • In order to catch a ring of counterfeiters, a government agent poses as a minister's son in Mineral City.

  • Roy helps his friend Bill Harris find his twin brother's killer.

  • An outlaw gang, headed by the sheriff's brother, plots to steal an old prospector's life savings.

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