*Trigger Jr.* 1950. USA. Directed by William N. Witney. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Trigger, Jr. 1950. USA. Directed by William Witney. Screenplay by Gerald Geraghty. With Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Pat Brady, Gordon Jones, “Trigger.” DCP. 68 min.

This is a prime example of Republic’s Saturday-matinee musical Westerns, as Roy Rogers and Trigger (billed as “The Smartest Horse in the Movies”) are joined by Trigger’s dashing offspring as they try to save a traveling circus from bankruptcy. Director William Witney displays his action skills as the film unveils its unusual villain, a murderous devil horse.

Andrea Kalas, who heads the Paramount Pictures Archives, will present Republic Preserved, featuring clips from Republic’s Westerns and serials, prior to the February 4 screening.

  1. Saturday, February 10,
    2:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 1
  2. Sunday, February 4,
    2:00 p.m.

    Introduced by Andrea Kalas, Vice President, Paramount Pictures Archives
    The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 1