Boots and Saddles (film)
Boots and Saddles is a 1937 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Judith Allen. Based on a story by Jack Natteford, the film is about a young Englishman who inherits a ranch that he wants to sell, but is turned into a real Westerner by a singing cowboy. Following the death of his father, the young Earl of Granville, travels from England with his solicitor, Henry Wyndham, to his father's ranch in the Western United States. There he is welcomed by ranch foreman Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog Millhouse who promised their late friend that they would make a real Westerner of his son. Gene is surprised by Edward's arrogant demeanor and dismayed to learn that Wyndham plans to sell the ranch, in debt. After Gene rescues Edward from a runaway horse, Edward apologizes for his earlier behavior, leading Gene to conclude that the young Englishman is a "regular fellow", they give him the nickname "Spud", his father's nickname, encourage him not to sell the ranch.
Soon after, Jim Neale, a wealthy rancher to whom the late earl owed money, approaches Edward and offers to buy the ranch, warning him that if he does not pay the money his father owed him, he will take him to court. Neale unknowingly inspires them to sell their cow ponies to the Army to raise the money necessary to save the ranch. A few days proves his mettle by helping round up the horses and drive them back to the ranch. Intending to sell the horses to Colonel Allen at Fort Wayne and the others head along the dusty roads in their wagons, at one point deliberately dusting the passengers of a buggy. Gene doesn't know that the buggy contains Neale, Colonel Allen, his daughter Bernice. At the fort, Bernice recognizes Gene when he comes to the colonel's quarters. Pretending to be a maidservant, she falsely tells Gene that Colonel Allen is hard of hearing, the next day, the colonel is annoyed by Gene's yelling at him during the horse auction; the bids offered by Gene and Neale are identical, so Colonel Allen proposes that they each race twelve horses the next morning to see who wins the contract.
That night, while Gene manages to elude Neale's henchment, Edward locks up a process server attempting to serve a summons giving Neale all their property. Meanwhile, Gene reveals to Bernice. While they are quarreling, Gene spots a fire in the barn where his horses are being kept and rushes to save them. Afterwards, Frog tells Gene that he doesn't know who knocked him out and started the blaze, but he did manage to grab the man's watch in the struggle, which can be used to identify the arsonist; the next morning, Gene enters the race with the five horses. Edward tells Bernice. Frog discovers that the watch belongs to Joe Larkins. Despite Neale's dirty tricks, Gene manages to win the race, Edward's ranch is awarded the contract. Afterwards, Larkins reveals Neales's underhanded schemes, Gene and Bernice but their differences behind them. Gene Autry as Gene Autry Smiley Burnette as Frog Millhouse Judith Allen as Bernice Allen Ronald Sinclair as Spud aka Edward, Earl of Grandby Guy Usher as Colonel Allen Bill Elliott as Jim Neale John Ward as Henry'Windy' Wyndham Frankie Marvin as Shorty Chris-Pin Martin as Juan Stanley Blystone as Army Sergeant Bud Osborne as Henchman Joe Larkins Champion as Gene's Horse Yakima Canutt Ken Cooper Duke Taylor Joe Yrigoyen Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA Lone Pine Station, Lone Pine, California, USA Whitney Portal Road, Lone Pine Creek Canyon, Lone Pine, California, USA "Take Me Back To My Boots and Saddle" by Gene Autry and the townsfolk "Take Me Back To My Boots and Saddle" by Gene Autry and the ranch hands at the end "Ridin' the Range" by Gene Autry and the ranch hands "Dusty Roads" by Smiley Burnette "Cielito Lindo" by Cecilia Callejo and the band in the Spanish cafe "The One Rose" by Gene Autry and the band in the Spanish cafe "Why did I Get Married" by Gene Autry Citations Bibliography Boots and Saddles at the American Film Institute Catalog Boots and Saddles on IMDb Boots and Saddles at the TCM Movie Database Boots and Saddles at AllMovie
Heart of the Rockies (1937 film)
Heart of the Rockies is a 1937 American Western "Three Mesquiteers" B-movie directed by Joseph Kane. Robert Livingston as Stony Brooke Ray Corrigan as Tucson Smith Max Terhune as Lullaby Joslin Lynne Roberts as Lorna Dawson Sammy McKim as Davey Dawson J. P. McGowan as Ed Dawson Yakima Canutt as Charlie Coe Hal Taliaferro as Capt. Brady - Blackstone Park Maston Williams as Enoch Dawson, henchman Guy Wilkerson as Dawson clan member Ranny Weeks as Ranger Clayton Georgia Simmons as Ma Dawson Heart of the Rockies on IMDb
Guns and Guitars
Guns and Guitars is a 1936 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Dorothy Dix in her final film appearance. Written by Dorrell and Stuart E. McGowan, the film is about a singing cowboy who helps protect a county from fever-ridden cattle, after being framed for murdering the sheriff, proves his innocence, gets elected sheriff, goes after the bad guy. Colima County, Texas has barred the entry of cattle from fever-ridden Sage County, where two unscrupulous schemers and Conner, have raised thousands of head of the cattle suffering from Texas Cattle Fever; the cattle are secretly owned by leading citizen Dave Morgan. While driving the diseased cattle to a railhead for shipping, they cross a corner of Colima Country and are spotted and fired upon by Marjorie Miller, daughter of Sheriff Ed Miller; the outlaws are about to kidnap the girl when Gene Autry, Frog Millhouse, Shorty arrive on the scene and rescue the girl. Gene and his sidekicks are traveling with Professor Parker's traveling medicine show.
Morgan stages a town meeting and tries to prove that the fever is not contagious with the help of quack veterinarian Dr. Schaefer. Morgan's plan is foiled by Professor Parker, a real veterinarian who emphatically states that the disease is contagious. After the townspeople run Schaefer out of town and vote to support the quarantine, Connor orders Gene to leave town by five o'clock or face the consequences. Gene makes it clear that he is staying and Professor Parker and his troupe conduct their show. Meanwhile, Sheriff Miller and Deputy Clark are riding on the trail and discussing the case when they are ambushed by Connor and Sam who leave the lawmen for dead. Gene and Frog find the lawmen. Gene decides to keep their discovery secret. Meanwhile, Morgan is determined to get his henchman, Frank Hall, elected sheriff so that he can drive his infected cattle to auction; the opposing candidate is driven away by threats from Morgan's men. The people nominate Gene to run against Hall. Desperate to undermine Gene's canidacy, Morgan finds Miller's handcuffs and badge in Gene's hotel room and accuses Gene of killing Miller.
He tries to have him arrested. With little hope of Gene winning the election now, Marjorie organizes the town's women, all of them convince their men to vote for Gene, who wins the election by a landslide. Morgan and his men make one last attempt to drive their cattle across the county. Gene goes after Morgan's men. Following a shootout, they chase Morgan and Connor and trick them into revealing that they know where Miller and Clark were hidden, thereby confirming their guilt. Sheriff Miller congratulates Frog as they put Morgan and Connor in jail. With peace restored in the town, Professor Parker's traveling medicine show moves on. Gene Autry as Gene Autry Smiley Burnette as Frog Millhouse Dorothy Dix as Marjorie Miller Earle Hodgins as Professor Parker J. P. McGowan as Dave Morgan Champion as Gene's Horse Tom London as Henchman Connor Charles King as Henchman Sam Frankie Marvin as Shorty Eugene Jackson as Eightball Jack Rockwell as Sheriff Ed Miller Ken Cooper as Deputy Clark Tracy Layne as Henchman Wes Warner as Henchman Jack Kirk as Chubby Man at Show Art Davis as Violin Player Jim Corey as Henchman Buck Al Taylor as Cowhand Frank Stravenger as Henchman Jack Don as Sing Lee Harrison Greene as Dr. Schaefer, the Veterinarian Pascale Perry as Frank Hall Ken Cooper Francis Walker Joe Yrigoyen Garner Valley, California, USA "Ridin' All Day" by Gene Autry "The Cowboy Medicine Show" by Gene Autry and Medicine Show people "Gwine to Rune All Night" by the Show Band and danced by Eugene Jackson "I've Got Fine Relations" by Smiley Burnette with the Show Band "Guns and Guitars" by Gene Autry and Medicine Show people "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" by townsmen at an election meeting "Snake Charmer" by Smiley Burnette in drag "Dreamy Valley" by Gene Autry Citations Bibliography Guns and Guitars on IMDb Guns and Guitars at the TCM Movie Database Guns and Guitars at AllMovie
Melody Trail is a 1935 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Gene Autry, Ann Rutherford, Smiley Burnette. Written by Sherman L. Lowe and Betty Burbridge, the film is about a singing cowboy who goes after the men who kidnapped the baby he should have been babysitting; the film features the songs "On the Melody Trail", "A Lone Cowboy on the Lone Prairie", "Western Lullaby". A radio and music star, Gene Autry, his friend, comedian Frog Millhouse, attend a rodeo where Gene falls in love with one of the spectators, Millicent Thomas. Millicent, being harassed by her father's former ranch hand, Matt Kirby, is delighted when Gene sings for the crowd later beats Matt in a bucking bronco competition; that night, while Gene dreams about Millicent, his $1,000 in rodeo winnings are stolen by a gypsy named Frantz, the husband of a fortune-teller named Perdita. The next day, while Millicent goes into town with her father, rancher Timothy Thomas with Millicent's dog, takes a detour into the gypsy camp.
Souvenir steals a basket containing Perdita's baby daughter Rica. Millicent discovers the infant and takes her in, not knowing who her parents are. Frog and Gene, who end up working as cooks on the Thomas ranch, assume. Going by the name of "Arizona", Gene captures two wild stallions to impress Millicent and the cowgirls she has hired to replace Matt and his men, who have defected. After Souvenir steals Gene's cookbook, his efforts in the kitchen are far less successful, the meal that he and Frog prepare for the cowgirls makes them all sick. Meanwhile, Matt plots to rustle the Thomas' cattle. While the cowgirls bathe in a pond, Matt steals their clothes in order to prevent them from protecting the herd. While searching for Baby Rica, Frantz recovers her from Millicent. Believing him to be a kidnapper, Gene pursues and captures the gypsy, who returns the money he stole from Gene after explaining that Rica is his daughter. Gene sees Matt and his men stealing the cattle and apprehends all eight of them, including Matt, single-handedly.
After Gene saves the ranch, he and Millicent, Frog and Cuddles, are married in a large, musical ceremony along with the other cowboys and girls. The wedding is interrupted, when everyone realizes that Souvenir has stolen all their wedding rings. Gene Autry as Gene Autry Ann Rutherford as Millicent Thomas Smiley Burnette as Frog Millhouse Wade Boteler as Timothy T. Thomas Willy Castello as Gypsy Frantz Al Bridge as Matt Kirby Fern Emmett as Nell, the Cowgirl Foreman Marie Quillan as Gypsy Perdita Gertrude Messinger as Cowgirl Cuddles Tracy Layne as Henchman Slim Abe Lefton as World Famous Rodeo Announcer Buck as Souvenier, Millicent's Dog Champion as Champion, Gene's Horse Melody Trail was the first of four film appearances by Ann Rutherford as Gene Autry's leading lady. Therese Ann Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 2, 1917. After her parents divorced, her mother, a silent film actress, moved to Hollywood with Ann and her sister. While still in middle school, Rutherford began acting in a serial drama at radio station KFAC.
In 1935, she made her first film appearance in Waterfront Lady for Mascot Pictures. Following her leading lady role in Melody Trail, Rutherford would go on to appear in three more Gene Autry films: The Singing Vagabond, Comin' Round the Mountain, Public Cowboy No. 1. In 1937, Rutherford left Republic Pictures and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where she made several films, including Pride and Prejudice. In 1939, she played the role of Carreen O'Hara, the sister of Scarlet O'Hara, in the film Gone with the Wind. From 1937 to 1942, Rutherford portrayed Polly Benedict in the MGM Andy Hardy youth comedy film series with actor Mickey Rooney, she retired from films in 1950. Rutherford died on June 11, 2012 at her home in California. Melody Trail was filmed August 21–27, 1935; the film had an operating budget of $15,075, a negative cost of $18,386. Pendleton, Oregon Jack Garner Ranch, State Highway 74, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA Ken Cooper George DeNormand Cliff Lyons Joe Yrigoyen "Hold On Little Dogies Hold On" by Gene Autry "On the Melody Trail" by Gene Autry "Polka in F" by the gypsies "Way Down on Bottom" by Smiley Burnette "A Lone Cowboy on the Lone Prairie" by Gene Autry and the cowgirls "Western Lullaby" by Smiley Burnette, Gene Autry, the cowgirls "My Neighbor Hates Music" by Smiley Burnette "Where Will the Wedding Supper Be?" by Gene Autry, the brides and minister Citations Bibliography Melody Trail at the American Film Institute Catalog Melody Trail on IMDb Melody Trail at the TCM Movie Database Melody Trail at AllMovie
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935 film)
Tumbling Tumbleweeds is a 1935 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Lucile Browne. Written by Ford Beebe, the film is about a cowboy who returns home after a five-year absence to find his father murdered and his boyhood pal accused of the dastardly deed. Tumbling Tumbleweeds features the songs "Riding Down the Canyon", "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine", the Bob Nolan classic "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". Gene Autry returns to his home after a five-year absence as a singing cowboy with a group of strolling players that includes Smiley and Eightball, who sell Dr. Parker's Painless Panacea. Gene's father, a cattle barron and one of the original "nesters" in the West, was murdered during a conflict with his landlord. While at an abandoned nester's cabin, the group is held up by Harry Brooks, whom Gene recognizes as his old friend. Wounded and semi-delirious, Harry induces Gene to hide him from the posse headed by Sheriff Manley; the deputy returns and tries to shoot Harry, but Gene chases him away.
In town, the deputy reports to Barney Craven, leader of a gang, trying to silence Harry. Meanwhile and his friends set up a performance in town, but it is interrupted by Craven's men, who report that Harry is wanted for the murder of Gene's father. Hastening to Harry's home, Gene confronts his former sweetheart Janet, now Harry's wife, meets Janet's younger sister Jerry, whom he had only known as a girl, they assure Gene of Harry's innocence and reveal that Harry and Gene's father were about to sign a settlement over disputed water rights. Now suspicious of Craven, Gene captures Craven, the deputy, their cohorts by a series of clever ruses that land them in jail, thereby vindicates Harry. Gene and Jerry join Smiley and Eightball on the departing Parker wagon. Gene Autry as Gene Autry Smiley Burnette as Smiley Lucile Browne as Jerry George "Gabby" Hayes as Dr. Parker Norma Taylor as Janet Brooks Edward Hearn as Barney Craven Eugene Jackson as Eightball Jack Rockwell as McWade George Chesebro as Henchman Connors Frankie Marvin as Shorty Cornelius Keefe as Harry Brooks George Burton as Sheriff Manley Bob Card as Deputy Champion as Gene's Horse Tumbling Tumbleweeds was filmed July 6–12, 1935.
The film had an operating budget of $15,344, a negative cost of $18,801. Bakersfield, California, USA Barstow, California, USA Monogram Ranch, 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, California, USA Victorville, California, USA Having learned the art of screen fighting from Yakima Canutt, Gene Autry handled all of the fight scenes himself. Ken Cooper doubled for Autry during the dangerous riding sequences. Tommy Coats Ken Cooper Cliff Lyons "I'll Yodel My Troubles Away" by Gene Autry "Cowboy Medicine Show" by Gene Autry and the Medicine Show troupe "Corn-fed and Rusty" by Smiley Burnette "Riding Down the Canyon" by Gene Autry "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" by Gene Autry "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by Gene Autry "Oh! Susanna" by the Medicine Show troupe In his review of the DVD release of the film for DVD Talk, Stuart Galbraith IV wrote: Gene Autry's first Western for Republic Pictures—indeed, it's regarded as the first "singing cowboy" Western ever—is one of his best, a entertaining programmer that crams a lot of entertainment into its short-and-to-the-point 58 minutes.
It's more a Western with music than a typical Gene Autry Western. Citations Bibliography Tumbling Tumbleweeds on IMDb Tumbling Tumbleweeds at the TCM Movie Database Tumbling Tumbleweeds at AllMovie
King of the Pecos
King of the Pecos is a 1936 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring John Wayne and Muriel Evans. John Wayne as John Clayborn Muriel Evans as Belle Jackson Cy Kendall as Alexander Stiles Jack Clifford as Henchman Ash Arthur Aylesworth as Hank Mathews Herbert Heywood as Josh Billings J. Frank Glendon as Lawyer Brewster Edward Hearn as Eli Jackson John Beck as Mr. Clayborn Mary MacLaren as Mrs. Clayborn Bradley Metcalfe as Little John Yakima Canutt as Henhcman Pete John Wayne filmography King of the Pecos on IMDb
Under Western Stars
Under Western Stars is a 1938 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, the Maple City Four. Written by Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan, Betty Burbridge, the film is about a populist singing cowboy who decides to run for Congress in order to seek federal assistance to help small ranchers regain their water rights during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, his campaign comes into conflict with greedy water company executives. The film was the first starring role for Rogers, made under contract to Republic Pictures, it was filmed on location in the Alabama Hills of California. The film's song "Dust", written by Johnny Marvin, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. In 2009, Under Western Stars was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally or aesthetically" significant and will be preserved for all time. Roy Rogers as Roy Rogers Smiley Burnette as Frog Carol Hughes as Eleanor Fairbanks Maple City Four as Singers Guy Usher as John Fairbanks Tom Chatterton as Congressman Edward H. Marlowe Kenneth Harlan as Richards Alden Chase as Tom Andrews Brandon Beach as Senator Wilson Earl Dwire as Mayor Biggs Jean Fowler as Mrs. Wilson Dora Clement as Mrs. Marlow Dick Elliott as William P. Scully Burr Caruth as Larkin Slim Whitaker as Tremaine Jack Rockwell as Sheriff Frankie Marvin as Deputy Pete Under Western Stars on IMDb Under Western Stars at the TCM Movie Database Under Western Stars at AllMovie Under Western Stars at the American Film Institute Catalog Under Western Stars is available for free download at the Internet Archive