Roy Does Some Showboating
Roy Rogers is working as a singer on a showboat run by Captain 'Cap' Joe (George Cleveland), and it is where the attractive Betty Weston (Dale Evans) works. But Betty is not too happy as her father, Sam (Harry Shannon), has escaped from prison intent on proving his innocence having been sentenced to 3 years for holding up an express company shipment. What Betty doesn't know is that Roy is in fact an insurance agent working under cover as they suspect Sam is going to show up to see her. But whilst there are others keeping an eye out for Sam, Roy gets to know Betty and is ready to give her father the benefit of the doubt as he wants to prove he is innocent.
It has to be said that when it came to Roy Rogers' westerns there was a formula and "The Yellow Rose of Texas" pretty much sticks to that formula. As such we have some humour, some punches thrown and of course some singing. Truth be told it is the musical side of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" which is where it is at its most entertaining with the Sons of the Pioneers delivering some of the best musical scenes I have seen in a western.
But beyond the musical scenes the rest of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" is pretty routine from Roy getting cosy with a young woman to Roy setting out to solve a mystery involving an innocent man, in this case trying to prove he didn't stage a robbery. It is the obvious side which not so much lets "The Yellow Rose of Texas" down but makes this only a typical a Roy Rogers western and for me a forgettable one at that.
What this all boils down to is that "The Yellow Rose of Texas" whilst entertaining, and featuring some really nice music, is nothing out of the ordinary and as such is not overly memorable. Although here is a little fact for you: this western features a young Don Reynolds who in later life became an animal trainer with horses he trained appearing in "The Lord of the Rings" movies.