Heart of the Rockies (1951) Roy Rogers, Trigger, Penny Edwards, Gordon Jones, Ralph Morgan Movie Review

Heart of the Rockies (1951)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Penny Edwards and Roy Rogers in Heart of the Rockies (1951)

Roy's Boy's Own Stuff

Highway engineer, Roy Rogers, finds himself in the thick of it when a herd of cattle belong to Andrew Willard is crushed by a landside which he caused in the construction of a new and much opposed highway. Taking the blame Roy is banished from Willard's land unaware that Willard's chief foreman, Devery, switched the valuable Willard herd with some scrub stock so he could profit from the prized cattle. Devery also has a couple of his men steal a valuable brooch so that some young boys who are part of a first offenders rehabilitation scheme which Roy champions are blamed. But Roy with the help of Willard's niece June try to get to the bottom of things.

You should know by now the routine when it comes to Roy Rogers' westerns. On one hand we have some corruption going on with Roy finding himself the butt of accusations thanks to a crooked foreman trying to get rich with his deceptions. This time Roy has double trouble with not only getting the blame for the death of cattle but a young offenders centre he champions is threatened by the crooks actions.

But of course alongside the central storyline which gives Roy a chance to be the good guy we also have a pretty young lady for him to get close to. Then there is some comedy involving a couple of quirky characters who are friends of Roy's. And of course there is a song or two which is pleasant enough. But "Heart of the Rockies" doesn't really stray from the routine and as such is entertaining but ordinary.

What this all boils down to is that "Heart of the Rockies" is just another typical Roy Rogers western which whilst released in 1951 is comparable to the hour long westerns of the 30s. As such "Heart of the Rockies" is now a western for those seeking to watch as many westerns as possible rather than looking to be entertained.