Trail of Robin Hood
directed by William Witney
starring Roy Rogers, Penny Edwards, Gordon Jones, Rex Allen, Allan Lane (= Rocky Lane), Monte Hale, William Farnum, Tom Tyler, Ray Corrigan (= Ray 'Crash' Corrigan), Kermit Maynard, Tom Keene, Jack Holt, Emory Parnell, Clifton Young, James Magill, Carol Nugent, George Chesebro, Ed Cassidy, Foy Willing & the Riders of the Purple Sage, Stanley Blystone, Lane Bradford
written by Gerald Geraghty, music by Nathan Scott, special effects by Howard Lydecker, Theodore Lydecker, Clarence Champagne
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Veteran moviestar Jack Holt is such a good man that he wants to sell
Christmastrees to everyone to no profit of his own - much to the dismay of
businessman Aldridge (Emory Parnell), who wants to make Holt's trees part
of his Christmastree empire to roll in a tidy little profit., and he sends
his daughter Toby (Penny Edwards) to close a deal with Holt at whatever
What neither Aldridge nor Toby know though is that Aldridge's foreman
Mitch (Clifton Young) is already fighting the competition using sabotage,
murder and every other trick in the book, with lawman Roy Rogers being hot
on his trail but never being able to prove anything against him. Mitch
however doesn't do that out of loyalty to his boss, he wants to collect
the money for the trees himself then make good his escape.
Aldridge meanwhile has grown suspicious of his foreman and has joined
his camp undercover as a worker - but is found out by Mitch and kept
Things get out of hand when Mitch first tries to burn Holt's
Christmastree warehouse down, and when all the trees are saved
nevertheless, he scares off Holt's drivers that are supposed to bring the
trees to ... wherever the trees have to be brought. However, Roy's little
friend Sis (Carol Nugent) has found the solution, so she calls quite a
number of Holt's friends, all Western stars in their own right (Rex Allen,
Allan 'Rocky' Lane, Monte Hale, William Farnum, Tom Tyler, Ray 'Crash'
Corrigan, Kermit Maynard, Tom Keene, George Chesebro), to help out, and
they - as drivers - are able to ship the trees just in time, even if Mitch
tries to burn the Red River Bridge.
In the finale, Mitch falls to his death off a dam after he and Roy
Rogers had an extended fight, and as a result, old man Aldridge decides to
join Jack Holt in his Christmastree business instead of competing him and
Roy gets Aldridge's daughter Toby (he didn't get Dale Evans in this one
because at the time she was pregnant with their daughter). And wouldn't
you know it, at the end of the film it begins to snow and everybody breaks
out into song ...
The castlist of this film alone might whet the appetite of every
serious B-Western fan. The film attached to the cast however is much less
mouthwatering, and incredibly childish, silly and cheesy story about
something as trivial as Christmastrees ... come on !!! And that the cast
of the film is divided into real badass meanies and too-good-to-be-true
goodies makes the film all the more blunt. Plus the all-star cast (except
for Jack Holt) has little more to do than to do a walk-on appearance (the
only funny scene in this respect is the appearance of George Chesebro,
with whom noone wants to shake hands because in his film he has always
played a meanie).
This could have been good, but as it is, it's nothing more than
childish kitsch (and not the good sort of childish kitsch).