Bells of San Angelo

Bells of San Angelo is a 1947 American Trucolor Western film directed by William Witney and starring Roy Rogers. The first Roy Rogers film shot in Trucolor, the modern day Western film mixes half a dozen songs with mystery, international smuggling of silver, violence, a pack of dogs and comedy relief with one character packing a "sixteen shooter".

Bells of San Angelo
Directed byWilliam Witney
Produced byEdward J. White (associate producer)
Written byPaul Gangelin (story)
Sloan Nibley (screenplay)
StarringRoy Rogers
Music byCharles Maxwell
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byLester Orlebeck
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • April 15, 1947 (1947-04-15) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
54 minutes
CountryUnited States


Roy is a "Border Inspector" ever on the alert for smuggling silver between Mexico and the United States. Roy's Mexican friends have told him that one of their own has important information about a silver mine on the American side of the border, but their contact is shot and killed by the mine guards. Before shooting him they plant a piece of ore containing a high level of silver on his body.

The American mine owners say they play rough as there are no towns or law enforcement anywhere near them and their mine is just across the border making it a tempting target for robbers who plan to rob the mine then escape to Mexico.

Other events are happening in the area, such as the arrival of Western mystery author Lee Madison who Roy and his friends feel ridicules the West and those who live in it. The gang doesn't know that Lee is really a woman, so when Lee becomes aware of their dislike for her writing, she hides under an alias.

Lionel Bates arrives from England saying Scotland Yard is on the hunt for an English national named George Wallingford Lancaster. Roy notices the news greatly alarms the dog loving sheriff Cookie Bullfincher.



  • Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers - "The Bells of San Angelo" (Written by John Elliott as Jack Elliott)
  • "Lazy Days" (Written by Tim Spencer)
  • "I Like to Get Up Early in the Morning" (Written by John Elliott as Jack Elliott)
  • "A Cowboy's Dream of Heaven" (Written by John Elliott as Jack Elliott)
  • "I Love the West" (Written by John Elliott as Jack Elliott) - Dale Evans
  • Pat Brady and Sons of the Pioneers - "Hot Lead" (Written by Tim Spencer)

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