Roy Rogers (1911-1998), Dale Evans (1912-2001), Gene Autry (1907-1998) and Pat Buttram (1915-1994) share a few memories in Rogers' studio in 1988 as they introduce the 1949 Roy Rogers vehicle from Republic Pictures,
"Down Dakota Way." (Not shown here, "Down Dakota Way" was filmed at the Walker Ranch in Placerita Canyon, Sherwood Forest in Thousand Oaks and
Corriganville in Simi Valley. It also features Montie Montana.)
All four — Rogers, Evans, Autry and Buttram (actually all five, counting Montana) — are honorees on the Newhall Walk of Western Stars.
As competitors for the title of No. 1 singing cowboy, Autry and Rogers had an old-fashioned Hollywood rivalry, so it's a rare treat to see them share a stage.
In fact, Rogers got his break when Republic was looking for a new singing cowboy after Autry walked out in a contract dispute. Republic cast Rogers in a
picture that had been intended for Autry.
The entire wraparound for Rogers' release of "Down Dakota Way" is shown here. That's all there is. Autry and Rogers share a few words about the crafty Herbert Yates, who founded Republic; read more about him here.
Happy Trails Theatre is produced by Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. and Jeff Kramer.