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Pardon My Gun (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | 5 October 1930 (USA)
Ted is riding for Pa Martin against Cooper in the big race. When Cooper has his men capture Ted, Peggy overhears them and sets out to free Ted in time for the race.


(as Robert DeLacy)

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Complete credited cast:
Sally Starr ...
Ted Duncan (as George Duryea)
Peggy Martin
Jeff Potter
Pa Martin
Hank MacFarlane ...
Hank Martin
Tom MacFarlane ...
Tom Martin


The slight plot, in what little time it is actually on screen, has ranch hand Ted Duncan in love with the daughter, Mary Martin of ranch owner Martin. But Cooper, neighboring rancher has his eye on Mary and everything else Martin owns so, at the annual relay races, Martin is goaded into a lock-stock-and-barrel bet that his horse, ridden by Ted, can beat Cooper's horse. Cooper has no intention of running an honest race.The majority of the film is mostly a showcase for Abe Lyman and his band and a slew of what-killed-vaudeville acts, most featuring pint-sized Mona Ray (as another Martin daughter only to have an excuse to work her into the film.) There are seven songs,some acts and turns, and an exhibition of roping and riding by two young brothers, Tom and Hank MacFarland, a couple of kids primarily from the rodeo circuit. Some of the stuff from Mona Ray is... well... sort of disturbing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Western






Release Date:

5 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La alegría del rancho  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song "Deep Down South" was recorded by legendary jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke on September 9, 1930, in his last session as a bandleader. The record featured Benny Goodman on clarinet, Gene Krupa on drums and a high-voiced singer-guitarist named Weston Vaughan. Bix's record and the performance in this film were the only versions of "Deep Down South" recorded when it was new. See more »


Twelfth Street Rag
Music by Euday L. Bowman
Performed by Abe Lyman and His Orchestra
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Not really a western, except barely, it's a musical and rodeo picture

"Fuzzy" as a name for a frog was funny, and was pretty darned clever, especially in a movie the "humor" of which was dismal. (Remember the dragon in Harry Potter named "Fluffy"?)

And perhaps the movie seems even worse than it really is because the print is miserable. At least the one I saw at YouTube is.

One rather funny scene was an almost direct steal from a Buster Keaton movie, and of course was much better done there, but here it still was cute.

And the next scene, when Ted kisses the diminutive Peggy, why it alone is almost worth the price of admission. Excellent. (Tom Keene, as I keep saying, is a very likable guy, even when he's named George Duryea.)

Although, I did write too soon: "Peggy" over-acted her response.

And the next bit of "humor," with a very good dancer, when she got to dancing, was just awful. It is the kind of stuff the previous reviewers were so negative about. With good reason.

Then "Peggy" sings. And does she make up for the silly bit earlier. Mona Ray is hardly a cowboy singer, but she is one heck of a night-club vocalist. She should have been in dozens of movies.

She's backed up by a pretty good band, the Abe Lyman Orchestra -- actually a VERY good band -- and, yes, all the musical numbers make this much more of a musical than a western, but let's judge it for what it is, an early musical in a sort-of western setting. Maybe a Western Swing setting.

There is more western-ness in some excellent rope tricks by the McFarlane brothers, who also impressed me with some equally excellent trick riding.

When we get to the denouement, we arrive with almost no violence, despite some villainy by the great Harry Woods, who had not yet achieved his plane as a fine actor.

Seriously, this is much better than most of those other reviews would lead you to believe. I suggest you relax and enjoy it for what it is, a rodeo-trick-riding-musical with a little western adventure and villainy thrown in.

The performers are generally very capable, even though the writers and director didn't give them much help.

Remember it's 1930, and sound movies were still young. Remember context, and I think you will actually enjoy the excellently titled "Pardon My Gun," even though there is not a gun, either.

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