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San Fernando Valley(1944)

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The print viewed was missing approximately twenty minutes. According to a May 10, 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item, associate producer Eddy White originally intended to "use all the Republic western stars in San Fernando Valley, to come to the aid of Roy Rogers when he finally has the heavies cornered." The stars mentioned were Bob Livingston, Don "Red" Barry, Smiley Burnette, Sunset Carson, Allan Lane and Wild Bill Elliott, but they do not appear in the completed picture. Hollywood Reporter production charts indicate that Ann Gillis was originally cast as "Betty Lou Kenyon," but was replaced in the role by Jean Porter after production began. Although the Variety review includes Alyce Walker in the list of songwriters contributing to the film, the extent of her contribution has not been determined. As noted in the Hollywood Reporter review, "the title [of the film] is merely the name of the [Roy Rogers] Hit Parade song which is sung frequently and pleasantly. None of the action takes place in San Fernando Valley [CA]."