Roy Goes Wagon Racing
After finding themselves short on money in the city Roy (Roy Rogers) and the gang need to raise some cash so they can return home especially when they learn that Gabby (George 'Gabby' Hayes) has had a stroke and is in a serious condition. So they crash the night club where Peggy Lane (Dale Evans) is performing, causing quite a stir with their raucous cowboy behaviour. But on returning home they discover that not only is Gabby not as sick as he has been making out but Jim Gardner (Roger Pryor) having found oil has stoked up the old feud between the Lanes and the Whittakers to try and by Pine Valley.
When it comes to Roy Rogers' westerns I watch fully anticipating the musical scenes as he sings with the Sons of the Pioneers but to be hit straight off the bat with one of them singing in the city doesn't lift my hopes for a decent western. And that is what you get with "Man from Oklahoma", that opening musical scene and there are a few more which follows which don't get me wrong are pleasant thanks to the harmonies of the Sons of the Pioneers but not exactly what I look for from a western.
In truth "Man from Oklahoma" whilst having this storyline which features Jim Gardner trying to cause trouble to get the land is more about the humour be it Gabby basically being Gabby or Roy being charming and saving Peggy every now and then. It is enjoyable enough but it certain comes up short when it comes to serving up any sort of western drama.
What this all boils down to is that "Man from Oklahoma" is one of the lightest Roy Rogers movies I have watched and as such probably is still entertaining for those who grew up on the antics of Roy Rogers but may be a bit too light for those who come across it looking for western entertainment.