The Trucolor Roy Rogers films were really mistreated by Republic Pictures, cut to a TV-friendly 54 minutes from a running time of around 67-75 minutes. And, of course, they were printed black and white. Republic cut the original negatives and tossed the “scraps,” so the story goes — making uncut, color prints of these films a real scarcity.
With Springtime In The Sierras (1947), Film Chest worked from rare, complete 16mm material. The results, I’ve heard from reliable sources, are quite nice. (I grew up watching Roy in 16mm — to me, that’s how he’s supposed to look!) Normally, I’d wait to review this since it’s already available, but a recent post proved what a hot topic these films are, so why not a plug?