Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Roy Rogers in "Down Dakota Way"

Republic Pictures 1949

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Roy Rogers stars in 1949's "Down Dakota Way" from Republic Pictures, partially filmed at the Walker Ranch in Placerita Canyon. (Locations also include Lake Sherwood in Thousand Oaks and Corriganville in Simi Valley.) Roy's horse Trigger gets second billing; his wife Dale Evans, third (as usual).

Lobby Card No. 6 (of 8), 11x14 inches. Colorized from BW publicity photograph. Pinholes show the lobby card was used for its intended purpose.

"Down Dakota Way" also features future Agua Dulce resident Montie Montana and the Riders of the Purple Sage. Plus: Pat Brady, Elisabeth Risdon, Byron Barr, James Cardwell, Roy Barcroft, Emmett Vogan and Foy Willing.

Uncredited cast includes Rogers' stunt double, Joe Yrigoyen; and Gertrude Astor, Victor Cutler, Joe Gilbert, George LaMond, Johnny Paul, Darol Rice, Suzanne Ridgway and Al Sloey.

"Down Dakota Way" premiered in U.S. theaters September 9, 1949.

Roy and Dale reminisce about old times with Gene Autry and Pat Buttram as they introduce "Down Dakota Way" on Roy and Dale's TV show in 1988. Watch it here.

LW3718: 9600 dpi jpeg from original lobby card purchased 2020 by Leon Worden.
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