Idaho (1943) Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Bob Nolan, Sons of the Pioneers Movie Review

Idaho (1943)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Idaho (1943) Roy Rogers

Roy Judge's For Himself

Judge John Grey (Harry Shannon) has a less than respectable past which he keeps secret as he was once better known as outlaw Tom Allison. But as Judge Grey he keeps to the right side of the law and as such has set about closing down the saloon owned by Belle Bonner (One Munson) because he is opposed to gambling. When a couple of former outlaw friends show up and team up with Belle they come up with a plan to rob a bank and set up the Judge for the crime. Ranger Roy (Roy Rogers) is confident that the Judge is being set up and sets about getting to the bottom of things.

As ideas go the set up of a judge with a criminal past being blackmailed and then set up a saloon owner and a couple of outlaws is quite entertaining. But then there is the rest of the movie and it is pretty typical of a Roy Rogers movie which are good guy Roy believing the judge is telling him the truth and setting about getting the evidence to clear his name and of course get the bad guys. There is even an attractive young woman who initially stands up to Roy whilst of course there is some singing as well as comedy with Smiley Burnette in the role of Frog.

What this all boils down to is that whilst there are some comings and goings when it comes to the storyline the end result is that "Idaho" is just a routine Roy Rogers western with a nice idea engulfed in formula.