Under Western Stars (1938)

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Roy is elected to Congress to bring the misery of the "dustbowl" of the 1930s to the attention of Washington politicians.


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25 September 2019 | Uriah43
| Corporate Greed in the Dust Bowl
This film takes place during a time in American history when dust storms rained havoc upon several states located in the Great Plains and created extreme problems for those ranchers simply trying to make ends meet. So when a privately owned firm by the name of "The Great Western Water & Power Company" comes in and builds a dam that cuts off the only source of water for them, the ranchers--quite naturally--become extremely upset. Unfortunately, rather than listening to their pleas for help, their local congressman "William P. Scully" (Dick Elliott) only pretends to care as he has been in league with the water company from the very start. So with their anger reaching a boiling point the local citizens turn their attention to a young man by the name of "Roy Rogers" (played by himself) who just happens to be the son of their former congressman several years earlier. Needless to say, the thought of losing so much money and power infuriates the owner of the water company named "John Fairbanks" (Guy Usher) who then plots to stop Roy Rogers at every step along the way. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this low-budget, singing-cowboy western turned out to be a little better than I expected. Admittedly, the picture quality wasn't that great and the movie itself was rather short (approximately 65 minutes) but that is to be expected from this particular era. Be that as it may, the film had a decent storyline and a couple of catchy tunes along the way which I believe makes up for it to a certain degree and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Average.

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