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  • Under Western stars


  • "Rogers, son of an ex-Congressman, gets elected to Congress and goes to Washington to fight the monopolistic water power company, whose policy has parched the land in his district. In the capitol city, Carol Hughes, daughter of the water company president, helps Rogers push through his legislation by staging a novel western party, at which newsreels of the drought-stricken area are shown. A committee is sent west to investigate. In a whirlwind finish, Rogers saves the day by jumping from a galloping horse to divert a dynamite-laden wagon which is charging down a hill toward the dam, where the water company officials and Carol are assembled."--Independent Exhibitors Film Bulletin.


  • Kane, Joseph, 1894-1975, film director
  • Siegel, Sol C., 1903-1982, film producer
  • McGowan, Dorrell, screenwriter
  • McGowan, Stuart, screenwriter
  • Burbridge, Betty, screenwriter
  • Rogers, Roy, 1911-1998, actor
  • Burnette, Smiley, 1911-1967, actor
  • Hughes, Carol, 1910-1995, actor
  • Usher, Guy, actor
  • Harlan, Kenneth, 1895-1967, actor
  • Chase, Alden, 1902-1982, actor
  • Dwire, Earl, 1883-1940, actor
  • Elliott, Dick, 1886-1961, actor
  • Whitaker, Slim, 1893-1960, actor
  • Rockwell, Jack, 1890-1947, actor
  • Marvin, Frankie, actor
  • Marta, Jack, cinematographer
  • Orlebeck, Les, 1907-1970, film editor
  • Colombo, Alberto, 1888-1954, musical director
  • Tinturin, Peter, 1910-2007, composer
  • Cherkose, Eddie, 1912-1999, composer
  • Rosoff, Charles, 1895-1988, composer
  • Republic Pictures Corporation, production company
  • MCA TV (Firm), film distributor

Created / Published

  • United States : MCA TV, [1955?]


  • -  Droughts--West (U.S.)
  • -  Water-supply--West (U.S.)
  • -  Legislators--United States
  • -  Political corruption


  • Western films
  • Feature films
  • Fiction films


  • -  The original, approximately 65 minute, film was released in 1938 by Republic Pictures Corp.; copyright: Republic Pictures Corp.; 20Apr38; LP8047.
  • -  Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, Guy Usher, Kenneth Harlan, Alden Chase, Earl Dwire, Dick Elliott, Charles Whitaker, Jack Rockwell, Frankie Marvin, Maple City Four, Tom Chatterton, Brandon Beach, Jean Fowler, Dora Clemant, Burr Caruth.
  • -  Photography, Jack Marta ; film editor, Lester Orlebeck ; musical director, Alberto Colombo ; songs, Jack Lawrence, Peter Tinturin, Eddie Cherkose, Charles Rosoff, Jack Lawrence ; production manager, Al Wilson ; unit manager, Arthur Siteman.
  • -  Some secondary sources credit Harry Knight as assistant director, which does not appear in the credits. Unable to positively verify.
  • -  Filmed in the Alabama Hills of Lone Pine, California.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: Internet movie database WWW site, viewed August 18, 2023; AFI catalog viewed online August 18, 2023; Library of Congress WWW site, National Film Registry page, viewed August 18, 2023; Independent Exhibitors Film Bulletin, April 23, 1938, p. 4, viewed online August 18, 2023 via the Media History Digital Library; Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939, p. 897; Broadcasting Telecasting, March 28, 1955, p. 62, viewed online August 31, 2023 via the Media History Digital Library.


  • 1 video file (digital) (approximately 53 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • Stegmoyer (John R.) Collection (Library of Congress)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023600630

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Kane, Joseph, Film Director, Sol C Siegel, Dorrell McGowan, Stuart McGowan, Betty Burbridge, Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, et al. Under Western stars. composeds by Tinturin, Peter, Cherkose, Eddie, and Rosoff, Charles, , produceds by Republic Pictures Corporationuction Company [United States: MCA TV, ?, 1938] Video.

APA citation style:

Kane, J., Siegel, S. C., McGowan, D., McGowan, S., Burbridge, B., Rogers, R. [...] Mca Tv, F. D. (1938) Under Western stars. Tinturin, P., Cherkose, E. & Rosoff, C., comps, , Republic Pictures Corporationuction Company, prod [United States: MCA TV, ?] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Kane, Joseph, Film Director, et al. Under Western stars. comp by Tinturin, Peter, Cherkose, Eddie, and Rosoff, Charles, , prod by Republic Pictures Corporationuction Company [United States: MCA TV, ?, 1938] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.