Under Western Stars

Under Western Stars is a 1938 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, and the Maple City Four. Written by Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan, and Betty Burbridge, the film is about a populist singing cowboy who decides to run for Congress in order to seek federal assistance to help small ranchers regain their water rights during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. His campaign comes into conflict with greedy water company executives.[1]

Under Western Stars
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Kane
Produced bySol C. Siegel
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Dorrell McGowan
  • Stuart E. McGowan
Music byAlberto Colombo (uncredited)
CinematographyJack Marta
Edited byLester Orlebeck
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • April 20, 1938 (1938-04-20) (US)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was the first starring role for Rogers, made under contract to Republic Pictures. It was filmed on location in the Alabama Hills of Lone Pine, California. The film's song "Dust", written by Johnny Marvin, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.[1] In 2009, Under Western Stars was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and will be preserved for all time.[2]

Plot summary



  1. "Under Western Stars". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  2. Cannady, Sheryl (December 30, 2009). "News from the Library of Congress". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 24, 2014.

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