Series: Streamliner

Director: Hal Roach Jr.
Producer: Glenn Tryon, Hal Roach
Screenplay: Arnold Belgard
Photography: Robert Pittack
Editor: Bert Jordan
Music: Edward Ward
Art director: Charles D. Hall
Sound: William Randall

Stars: Jimmy Rogers, Noah Beery Jr, Mary Brian, Bill Henry, Paul Hurst, Marc Lawrence, William Davidson, Jean Porter, Iris Adrian
Company: United Artists
Released: 29 January 1943
Length: 5 reels
Production No.: F-48
Filming dates:
Rating: 4/10


Calaboose

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With Pidge having sworn off girls, he and best friend Jim head into town on their horses looking for winter jobs. Their old pal Ed, who is a bartender at a local tavern sends them over to Tom Pendergrast at the railroad yard. Tom hires the boys to help load horses for the army and agrees to pay them twenty cents per horse. Jim gets acquainted with a horse in the paddock but after trying to ride it, bronco style, he is thrown off after being distracted by Major Barbara, a young lady who begins waving her handkerchief to get attention. Pidge thinks the girl is trying to signal him and starts to fall in love with her - especially after she shows a generous portion of her leg which causes him to fall off his horse and land in a troth. Despite this Jim and Pidge are greeted by the foreman of a ranch who invites them to work for him.
As Jim starts to round up the horses onto the train, the animals begin to bolt off down the street after Pidge wanders off to talk to a girl. They do manage to round all the horses back up eventually before Pidge goes back into the bar where he sees Doris Lane, the sheriff's daughter talking with a town drunk named Charlie. Pidge tries his luck with some smooth talk but Doris isn't interested. She has a reputation for curing criminals who have spent time in the calaboose (jail). This gives Pidge the idea of causing a disturbance in the bar so that he will be arrested. In walks the sheriff to break up the ruckus and arrests Pidge after he kicks him in the rear. Jim visits Pidge in jail, where Pidge is quite content to remain, especially when Doris comes in shortly afterwards with his food and explains that she intends to rehabilitate Pidge. Back at the bar and newly-released convict Sluggsy Baker walks in to use the telephone.
Jim gets the idea of trying to get Sluggsy thrown in jail so that the sheriff's daughter would have a real criminal to focus on so that Pidge can give up his fantasy of her. The bartender conspires with Jim so as to entice Sluggsy to misbehave himself and get arrested. The bartender tells Sluggsy that Jim had been making fun of him and so Sluggsy punches Jim in the face. The plan works and the sheriff arrests Sluggsly and throws him in jail. Jim can't wait to run over to tell Doris as she is in the kitchen with Pidge. Doris leaves quickly and talks the sheriff into giving Sluggsy Pidge's nice cell in the hope she can cure him. Sluggsy gets Doris to telephone his 'Ma' to let her know where he has ended up. At dinner with the sheriff, Pidge discovers he has accidentally dropped the sheriff's valuable watch into the mix. When the sheriff realises this he chases Pidge into the jail block and tells him to get out. Desperately, Pidge assaults him and gets locked in the cell next to Sluggsy, who has witnessed everything and commends Pidge for his actions and tells him he is included in a jail break being set up by his cronies.
The bartender gives Jim some sleeping pills to slip into Pidge's soup but Jim ends up taking it himself after Doris offers him a bowl. The next day Sluggsy's guys come down to the jail house and bust him out, locking up Jim and the sheriff in the process. This leads to a shoot out in the street and then in the tavern where Pidge, Jim and the sheriff eventually (and after a long drawn-out scene) capture the bad guys. The sheriff announces that his niece Doris is going to be marrying Tom and with that Pidge and Jim get up and leave town.

Favourite bit
The scene in the bar where Jim and the barman conspire to have Sluggsy get himself into trouble.

Trivia
Copyrighted September 24, 1942.
This was the thirteenth 'streamliner' film to be released by the studio.
This film was the middle film in a series of three; the first film was Dudes Are Pretty People (1942), and the last part was Prairie Chickens (1943).
When the horses break free they run through the Hal Roach Back Lot. It's lovely to see how it looked during 1942 when the film was shot.
'Calaboose' is another word for jail.

What the experts say
"Well it's a massive improvement over "Dudes Are Pretty People" but that isn't saying much." ~ Lord Heath.

Jimmy Rogers
Jim
Noah Beery Jr.
Pidge Crosby
Mary Brian
Doris Lane
William Henry
Tom Pendergrast
Paul Hurst
Bartender Ed
Marc Lawrence
Sluggsy Baker
William B. Davidson
Sheriff George Lane
Jean Porter
Major Barbara
Iris Adrian
Ma
Sarah Edwards
The colonel
Nora Cecil
Irate woman in car
Chet Brandenburg
Townsman who dives into manhole
Jimmy Conlin
Charlie, the drunk
Eddie Hall
Man in convertible with horse
Eddie Foster
Henchman
George Sowards
Henchman
Joe Cunningham
Joe, henchman [*I THINK THIS IS WRONG]
Brooks Benedict
Henchman
Elliott Sullivan
Henchman
Roy Bucko
Deputy
Art Dillard
Corral cowhand
Jan Duggan
Radio girl [voice only]
William Farnum
Checkers player
George Hoagland
Townsman
Hans Moebus
Townsman
Victor Adamson
Townsman
Walter Bacon
Townsman
Bob Woodward
Cowhand

UNIDENTIFIED CAST

CREDITS POSTERS


LOBBY CARDS
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SHOT ON THE HAL ROACH BACK LOT
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SET PHOTO
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Acknowledgements:
David Kawas (help)

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