Roy Rogers Films Post Republic

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Cheryl Rogers

When Dad’s contract with Republic expired, he went to Paramount to co-star with Bob Hope and Jane Russell in “Son of Paleface.” This film was released on Aug. 1, 1952.

If you haven’t seen this, it is a really good comedy. Just seeing Trigger in bed with Bob Hope is an experience.  Dad said that Mr. Hope was really nervous and said to him several times, “He won’t hurt me, will he?” Meaning Trigger. It couldn’t have been easy for him to be in a large bed with a full grown horse next to him!!!

Working at Paramount Studios, Dad also found out what it was to be treated like a star.  Dad’s dressing room at Republic had been the size of a walk-in closet, his dressing room at Paramount was a small cottage!

“The Greatest Show on Earth” was being filmed on the Paramount lot at this same time.  I tried every trick that I had learned over the years on the Republic lot to get onto the set to see the wonderful Ringling Bros. performers up close. That was a wonderful movie and Dad let me go with him to the movie’s premier since Mom was sick that night.

Dad next worked on a Universal short film called “The Big Test.”  The film was made for Chrysler Corp. and was a marketing film made for their dealers.  At that time, Dad’s radio show was sponsored by Dodge, a subsidiary of Chrysler.

The Roy Rogers family was featured in “Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Small Fry” which was a short film made by Columbia and featured stars and their offspring. This was released during February of 1956.

Next project, also released in 1956, was a cartoon for Disney titled, “A Cowboy Needs A Horse.” This is so very adorable and you can now find it on YouTube.  It is a very cute song and Dad was in great voice!

These last two projects were made while Dad was busy working for himself on “The Roy Rogers Show.”

Next, Dad did a cameo on Bob Hope’s United Artists film, “Alias Jesse James.”  Dad and Mr. Hope belonged to the Lakeside Gold Course and Club and they had been friends for many years.

However, Dad was used to working at the fast pace at Republic Studios where they normally shot well over 30 scenes in a day.  In Mr. Hope’s films, they usually managed only around 8 or 9 scenes, and sometimes not even that many. Also, Dad was used to people saying the lines that the writers had written for them. Mr. Hope rarely said what was in the script and he ad libbed almost every scene. It took Dad a bit to catch on to that.

During the making of all of these projects, Mom and Dad were guest starring on almost all of the musical variety shows that were so popular during those years.  I will tell you about those appearances in another post.

Remember, you can always comment on these posts and please feel free to ask me questions.  I will try my best to answer them as quickly as I can. Even though I don’t post on a regular basis (Ha! Ha!), I do check my website and messages every day that I am at home. Yours, Cheryl

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  1. PieReply
    September 20, 2017 at 7:08 AM

    Thank you for this info about more must- haves for the Roy collection! That little cowboy song is precious!

    it’s interesting Bob Hope was scared of Trigger, but those little sick kids in the hospitals Roy visited seemed fine with him. Kids know!

  2. Don Mull Sr.Reply
    September 20, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Wasn’t it released in 1959 or so? ……Ward Bond is in it at end from Wagon train,And that started in 58 or 59 … .Love the ending .All the Western TV stars show up to help. Even Gary Cooper.. YEP !! 1 of my favorie movies today..I saw Roy,Dale and trigger at Iowa state Fair in 1960. I was 8..I was at the very top of grandstands. Don’t recall who else was on stage ..Love the Posting you put in the emails ..thanks ….. Don Mull Sr.

  3. Don Mull Sr.Reply
    September 20, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    My mistake I read it wrong.. Son Of Paceface was in 52….. the yr I was born.. Sorry Was thinking Alais Jesse James movie ..Still Great Movies..Watch on my puter to this day. Have the Video’s on it. Sorry for my mistake.. Don mull Sr.

  4. JOHNReply
    September 20, 2017 at 12:16 PM


    • September 20, 2017 at 2:46 PM

      You can always try Otherwise I don’t have a clue as I understand that the Hope Family owns the rights. Cheryl

  5. Joyce Ann GausmannReply
    September 20, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Brings back so many memories. Any show your dad was on was terrific and if I could, watched. The Roy Rogers TV Show was on Saturday mornings which was “cleaning day” at my house. I was allowed to watch the show all half hour. Might not mean much to some but it certainly made helping my mom clean a whole house happier. Bob Hope was a favorite in our house too. His specials and movies were so funny. Son of Paleface is a classic favorite in my house now with my family. So nice.

  6. September 21, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    That was some movie. Loved Bob in bed with Trigger when he would pull the covers off of Bob. Bob’s fear showed through in his acting. He was a great comedian and performer. The comedian’s today should watch him and learn how to do it. Loved your Dad in anything he was in.

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