We have enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon watching it rain and catching up on old movies I have DVR'd. We first watched The Grapes of Wrath and then The Sacketts. I have been in a Tom Selleck mood and just finished watching his Jesse Stone series. Even though both of the movies we watched today are from different time periods, they both featured the song Red River Valley.
That song always reminds me of when Dr. Manley and Dr. Shrigley (I always want to add old doctor when I say their names) were preparing to set my broken leg the summer I turned thirteen. As I drifted off to sleep, I heard Dr. Shrigley singing Red River Valley. I have wondered why that song was on his mind. Did he listen to one of Marty Robbins records? Had he seen an old western at the Strand theater? Did he hear it on this Roy Rogers film by the same title?
Ranchers, with the help of Roy, raise money to build a reservoir but lose it to a gambler through a crooked stock deal.
I remember dreaming of a green pastured valley with horses drinking from a stream that I had imagined looked like Spadra Creek. I had posted this memory earlier with a YouTube video of Marty Robbins singing the song. When I attempted to repost, the video had been taken off YouTube for copyright infringement.
Copyright issues.......I am still struggling with it. I am afraid to download anything that does not plainly say Public Domain. If you want to muddle through all of the old newsreels, television programs, and commercials there are Free downloads from Universal. I got the Roy Rogers show there. They have some old George Burns and Gracie Allen shows there too.
Here is a picture of the Red River Valley.....at least that is what it said on Dreamstime where I buy a few pictures from time to time. I do not know how to make a smaller picture enlarge but I do not think the animal off to the side is horse.