Feb 18

Carson City Kid (1940)

Carson City Kid (1940)

The Carson City Kid is looking for the man who killed his father. He knows the mans name is Morgan Reynolds so with daring feats he boards stagecoaches or stops them.

He then goes through the mail looking for mail that might be addressed to Morgan Reynolds. Thanks for watching the complete full length western movies here on Cheryl Rogers Barnett’s Western Stars Theater.

You know, I just love seeing Dad in his early, early films, where he is not always being Roy Rogers. In Carson City Kid, he plays an outlaw, who turns out to be a good/bad guy avenging his older brother. Then he’s a robber again who, by the end of the movie, is once again a good guy! Contused? It’s that kind of story.

I was really confused to see that Bob Steele was a “heavy” in this film. I always think of him as one of the “good guys” who always wore black outfits. I think that he had one of the longest careers in film. His father was a vaudeville actor (Robert Bradbury) who became a well-known movie director. Bob and his twin brother, Bill started out as a teen actors when hired by their father to star in an adventure series. Bob had a long and varied 53-year career. I remember him as always being believable in whatever role he played. My kids grew up enjoying his wonderful comic performances as Trooper Duffy in “F Troop.”

Noah Beery Jr. was another of the “good guys” in this film. He was another kid who was born into Hollywood’s main business — FILMS. He proved to be a wonderful actor, who enjoyed a long career. Probably his best-known role today is as “Rocky,” James Garner’s father in “The Rockford Files.”

When Mom (Dale Evans) and Dad (Roy Rogers) got married, they bought a home up in the Hollywood Hills, above the Pilgrimage Theater, on Ivarene Avenue. They bought the home from Noah Beery Jr. (one of the main “good guys” in this film). It was a beautiful home when we bought it. It was 3-stories and had a crenalated roof line (you know, like a castle) and was painted white with dark green trim. We hadn’t lived in the house for very long when Dad started saying that the house needed to be painted. Mom decided (they hadn’t been married very long and she was pregnant) that the house would be beautiful painted a barn red with battleship gray trim. You could see that UGLY house all over Hollywood. You could even see it from the Hollywood Freeway if you looked to your left just before you got to the Hollywood Bowl! Even after we had moved two more times, it was still barn red with battleship gray trim! As far as I know, it was still those horrible colors when it burned to the ground just a few years back. Needless to say, Dad never asked again Mom’s opinion about what color to paint a house, or anything else that I can recall.

Roy Rogers as The Carson City Kid
George “Gabby” Hayes as Marshal Gabby Whitaker
Bob Steele as Lee Jessup / Morgan Reynolds
Noah Beery, Jr. as Scott ‘Arizona’ Warren
Pauline Moore as Joby Madison
Francis McDonald as Laramie
Hal Taliaferro as Rick Harmon
Arthur Loft as Saloon drunk
George Rosener as Judge Tucker
Chester Gan as Wong Lee

Directed by Joseph Kane
Produced by Joseph Kane
Screenplay by Robert Yost
Gerald Geraghty
Story by Joseph Kane
Starring Roy Rogers and George “Gabby” Hayes
Cinematography William Nobles
Edited by Helene Turner
Republic Pictures
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
July 1, 1940 (United States)
Running time
57 minutes
53 minutes

Country United States
Language English

1 comment

  1. darryl simpson

    This is a great film, I enjoyed it

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