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The Carson City Kid (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Western | 1 July 1940 (USA)
Roy is a bandit who is out to get the man who killed his younger brother. He learns as he rides into the town of Sonora that the man is the owner of the local saloon and gambling hall.


Joseph Kane


Robert Yost (screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers aka Carson City Kid
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Marshal Gabby Whittaker
Bob Steele ... Lee Jessup
Noah Beery Jr. ... Scott 'Arizona' Warren
Pauline Moore ... Joby Madison
Francis McDonald ... Laramie (as Francis MacDonald)
Hal Taliaferro ... Rick Harmon
Arthur Loft ... Slick Gambler
George Rosener ... Judge Tucker
Chester Gan ... Wong Lee
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Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers, and not playing "himself" but playing a character named Roy Rogers), posing as The Carson City Kid, is seeking vengeance on Morgan Reynolds, the man who killed his brother. To find Reynolds in the gold towns, he systematically stops stagecoaches and goes through the mail, hoping to find letters addressed to Reynolds and thusly learn his whereabouts. Thus "The Kid" earns the reputation of a stagecoach robber, although he never takes anything, and the reputation is enhanced by the fact that he travels with Laramie (Francis McDonald), a notorious half-breed outlaw. A posse is about to capture them and Roy rides back to get Laramie whose horse has been shot, and Laramie repays the favor by slugging Roy and escaping on his horse Trigger. The posse rides by the unseen Roy and captures Laramie and, since he is riding the "Kid's" horse, take him to jail as being the "Kid." Laramie denies this and is told he will be free when he identifies the "Kid"; othewise he will ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Red-hot revenge and roaring romance! (original print ad) See more »


Comedy | Music | Western


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[Describing The Carson City Kid]
Stage Driver: He's tougher than an old sow's nose.
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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »


Polly Wolly Doodle
Composer unknown
Played in the saloon
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Good Western
11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Carson City Kid (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Roy Rogers plays a man disguising himself as The Carson City Kid who is seeking vengeance on the man responsible for his younger brother's death. He thinks the guilty person is a bar owner (Bob Steele) but along the way he falls for a young woman (Pauline Moore) and tries to help a young man (Noah Beery, Jr.) from the same fate as his own brother. This is yet another good Western from Rogers and company, although no one should confuse this for the work of John Ford. Your tolerance of the "B" Western will certainly factor into how much you enjoy this film but if you're one who can put up with their low-budget charm then this here is a good one. The best thing the film has going for it are the performances of the cast. As you'd expect, Rogers has no problem playing the good guy as that laid back style really comes across and it's just really impossible not to like the guy. I'm really not sure what it is but Rogers is just so calm and collective that you can fall for his charm and get behind his cause. Moore makes for a very good love interest as she's certainly cute enough for the part but her performance is also good enough to make you care for her. The same is true for Beery, Jr. whose character really comes across thanks to his fun performance. Steele always makes for an enjoyable bad guy and that's the case here as well as you really want to hiss at him each time he's in the frame. George 'Gabby' Hayes is also on hand doing his typical great support. The story itself isn't the strongest in the world but it's good enough to keep you interested for a hour. The action is fast, the characters enjoyable and overall this is pleasant enough for a time killer.

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Release Date:

1 July 1940 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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