I picked up the Cowboy Classics collection for a fiver. It's a Platinum Disc Corporation release that puts a Roy Rogers 2 disc set and a Gene Autrey 2 disc set in a special box. Both sets were released separately and both discs in each set were also released before as single discs. Repackaging is key at Platinum.
The collection has 18 movies but only three are ones I haven't seen before. I went through a huge pile of Westerns back 3 or 4 years ago and saw the other 15 movies then. There are a lot of public domain Westerns on the Internet Archive and YouTube. I saw a hell of a lot of them.
Roll On Texas Moon 1946 Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Gabby Hayes head the cast in this oater. There are still bad feelings between the cattle sheep ranchers. Gabby finds a dead guy on his land and it ignites the trouble again.
Some local business crook wants to get the dead man's ranch but his plans are put on hold when the dead man's daughter, played by Dale, shows up to take over the ranch. Roy does his best, while singing a number of songs, to put an end to the problem.
There's also some romance between Roy and Dale. For those that don't know Roy and Dale would marry the year after the movie came out and stay together until Roy passed away in 1998. Roy made nearly 100 films in his career and he had a top TV show in the early 1950s.
Under Nevada Skies 1946 It's Roy and Gabby and Dale again. This time Roy comes to his home town to find his old friend dead and Gabby the temporary sheriff. Roy offers to help Gabby find the killer.
Roy and Dale sing up bunch of songs. There's the usual gun shootin', horse ridin' and such. Like the previous movie, it's a good Western, maybe a bit above average as they go.
Oh, Susanna! 1936 Gene Autrey is another singing cowboy. I'm not quite a big fan but he's OK. Here Gene is tossed from a train and his identity stolen by a murderer. Gene's arrested but Smiley Burnette and Earle Hodgins help get him out of jail.
The trio of men team up to find the real killer and sing a few songs. It's OK but not quite as much fun as the Roy pictures.
I'm not quite as fond of the old Western posters as I am other movie posters of the period. They just aren't as well done as the ones for other genres, especially the horror and suspense pictures. The movies are still fun.