- Ax 2013
My Pal Trigger
Armand Schaefer (associate) for Republic
directed by Frank McDonald
starring Roy Rogers, George Hayes (= Gabby Hayes), Dale Evans, Jack Holt, LeRoy Mason, Roy Bancroft, Sam Flint, Kenne Duncan, Ralph Sanford, Francis McDonald, Harlan Briggs, William Haade, Bob Nolan & the Sons of the Pioneers, Paul E.Burns, Sug Fisher, Fred Graham, Ted Mapes, Frank Reicher, George Magrill, Eddie Parker, Al Bridge
story by Paul Gangelin, screenplay by Jack Townley, John K.Butler, special effects by Howard Lydecker, Theodore Lydecker, second unit direction by Yakima Canutt
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Roy Rogers hits town to crossbreed his steed Lady with rancher
Kendrick's (Gabby Hayes) priced stallion ... but Kendrick outright refuses
(even though the two horses have clearly fallen in love). The same night
though, the stallion breaks out of his stable to spend a few hours of
you-know-what with Lady ... but somehow evil horsebreeder and casino owner
Scoville (Jack Holt), who wanted to lay his hands on the stallion as well,
accidently shoots him and puts the blame on Rogers.
When Rogers realizes he is as good as convicted as a horsekiller and
horsekillers are not very popular in this neck of the wood, he makes an
escape with Lady.
Later, Lady has a colt, Trigger, and Rogers raises Trigger with the
love of a father. And once Trigger is the finest horse in the West ... Roy
returns to Kendrick's ranch to give the horse to Kendrick as a gift. But
Kendrick is a stubborn old mule, not only will he not take Trigger as a
substitute for his dead stallion, he also has Rogers thrown into jail and
Trigger auctioned off - and the horse goes to Scoville of course. Rogers
is released from prison only thanks to Kendrick's daguhter Susan (Dale
Evans), who has of course since fallen in love with him.
Soon enough, Scoville asks Rogers to train Trigger for him, and Rogers
happily agrees to this chance to remain with Trigger, not knowing that it
was Scoville who tricked him in the first place.
Actually, Scoville wants to race Kendrick's top horse in an upcoming
race and that way win Kendrick's ranch in a wager, a wager Kendrick can't
refuse to since he has vast gambling debts at Scoville's Casino.
It's only minutes before the race that Rogers learns about the wager
and about the fact that Scoville has tricked him, still he finds himself
forced to ride Trigger for Scoville - but ultimately he finds an elegant
way to lose the race when he finds two of Scovilles other riders blocking
Susan (who rides Kendrick's best steed), and ultimately he crosses the
finish line second because he was gentleman enough to help her out of a
And in the end, wouldn't you know it, Scoville is arrested while
Trigger is returned to Rogers ... and it looks as if he and Ms Susan would
soon tie the know with Kendrick's blessings ...
A very cheesy Western with more than a few similarities to Bambi
(a film Rogers himself even cites at one point), way too many animal
sequences (considering this is supposed to be a Western) and way too few
chases and shoot-outs (again, considering this is a Western). And then
there are quite a few kitsch songs the film easily could have done without
Not really worth your time ...