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Partners of the Sunset (1948)

Approved | | Action, Music, Western | 6 May 1948 (USA)
Middle-aged Bill Thompson (Steve Darrell) returns to his ranch with his much younger bride, Janice (Christine Larson), and her supposed brother Lon (Leonard Penn). When Thompson's son Dan (... See full summary »


Lambert Hillyer


J. Benton Cheney (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Wakely ... Jimmy Wakely
Dub Taylor ... Cannonball (as 'Cannonball Taylor)
Christine Larson ... Janice Thompson
Steve Darrell ... Bill Thompson
Marshall Reed ... Kirk Danvers
Jay Kirby ... Dan Thompson
Leonard Penn ... Les
J.C. Lytton J.C. Lytton ... Town Marshal
Bob Woodward ... Deputy Bob
Carl Mathews Carl Mathews ... Spike - Henchman (as Carl Matthews)
Carl Sepulveda ... Hashknife - Henchman


Middle-aged Bill Thompson (Steve Darrell) returns to his ranch with his much younger bride, Janice (Christine Larson), and her supposed brother Lon (Leonard Penn). When Thompson's son Dan (Jay Kirby) disapproves of the surprise re-marriage of his father, the latter orders him off the ranch, without his promised horses, despite the pleas of ranch foreman Jimmy Wakely (Jimmy Wakely) and cowhand "Cannonball" (Dub Taylor). Janice and Lon, in reality sweethearts, plot to gain Thompson's rich holdings. In town, outlaws Kirk Danvers (Marshall Reed (I)') and Hashknife (Carl Sepulveda) try to persuade the intoxicated Dan to let them steal the horses. Thompson breaks with his son again when he sees him drinking. Jimmy and "Cannonball" thwart the horse rustlers and Janice swears secrecy when the trusting-Jimmy tells her that Dan led the horse thieves, but she has Lon inform her husband. Thompson hits Dan, tells him to leave and sends for his attorney to draw up the papers to disinherit his son. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

6 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jimmy Wakely: What's with the funny look?
Cannonball: I always look this way.
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Press Along To the Home Corral
Sung by Jimmy Wakely
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So who were the partners of the sunset then???
15 May 2012 | by alan-prattSee all my reviews

Jimmy Wakely was pretty darned good as singing cowboys went, though, truth be told, he was always more believable as one of the hero's warbling chums than as the main man himself.

Not to worry though, this one has 4 songs, some fist fights, plenty of chases and some moderate comedy from sidekick Dub "Cannonball" Taylor. There's also a better than usual plot courtesy of J. Benton Cheney - who wrote loads of episodes of The Cisco Kid amongst other things - and a genuinely intriguing performance by Christine Larsen as the wicked new wife of Jimmy's boss.

No Oscar nominations but a better than average outing for B western fans made even more enjoyable by the crisp print on the Monogram Cowboy Collection Volume 1.

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