Song Of Arizona
Now I know I should have told you about your father's death earlier, Chip (Tommy Cook). But please, you've got to believe me, son. I do have a valid reason that would justify my delay.
You see, prior to his passing, your old man decided to change the error of his ways, and asked me to ride on out to Carson City so I could do two things on his behalf. Firstly, he told me to inform your half-sister Clare (Dale Evans) about his tragic demise. And then, whilst I was there, he also gave me permission to sell his garage for your schooling costs at Gabby Whittaker's (George Hayes) school for boys.
Well, as you may have heard, Chip, Gabby has been having quite a few financial difficulties lately. And now... errrmmm? He still has some financial difficulties because your father's garage burnt down quite some time ago, and I wasn't able to raise the funds required.
Nonetheless. That's most probably why what next transpires all gets rather rhythmical when you look up at me and say, 'Well, if you think Gabby's been having some problems, Roy (Roy Rogers), what about me then? I was abducted by my father's henchmen who tried to get me to tell them where he hid his ill gotten gains!!''. As a musical number takes center stage - a family drama searches for a meager wage - a school is funded by some stolen loot - and at the end of the day, my God, isn't Gabby Hayes one hell of a hoot!
Essentially I'd say 'Song of Arizona' is one of those great poetic film's that tells a sad tale full of pathos, family spirit, financial difficulties, as well as the sanctity of good old fashioned western values.
And he does, in a manner of speaking. But prior to this, the 'family drama' portion of the plot takes precedence -- giving Roy, Gabby, Tommy, and Dale, a very good sounding board to convey all the emotions needed to transform this great movie into a really marvelous movie.
Honestly, film fans. It was as though the very heart of it shone through all of those great scenes it had on offer. For instance, you couldn't help but feel sorry for Tommy's character when the bad-guys roughed him up for his father's money. You couldn't help but cheer
on when he managed to get his hands on those said-same bad-guys. And you couldn't
help but feel for Gabby's plight when he got shot, or when the threat of
loosing his school loomed over him.
Also, something else about this movie I thoroughly enjoyed were those two fairly elaborate musical productions' too. Now the first one involved Roy and Dale doing a very country and western styled double-act set during a rodeo show. Where as the second one was a Halloween themed piece, where we saw Gabby and a little boy -- who dressed up like him -- doing a more cutesy styled number that was just adorable to follow!
As per usual these segments allowed for the narrative to breathe within the confines of its plot. As well as allow us -- the audience -- to sit back and have some fun while we wait for whatever else is going to come up next.
A good example of this can also be seen in those scenes where the two school boys tried to play a trick on that old woman's Grandson. Well, without giving too much away, let's just say this flicks jovial focal point shone through both of these two segments. Showing us that one way or another, the moral to this tale is... what goes around, comes around, hint-hint.
Overall I'd say 'Song of Arizona' is a great movie, because it's well acted, well directed, and has some lavish musical numbers and a great moral centre too.
Look after others, and they will look after you. Nuff said.
THE RATING: A-