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5 October 1930 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sally Starr ... Mary Martin

Tom Keene ... Ted Duncan (as George Duryea)

Mona Ray ... Peggy Martin

Lee Moran ... Jeff Potter

Robert Edeson ... Pa Martin
Hank MacFarlane ... Hank Martin
Tom MacFarlane ... Tom Martin

Harry Woods ... Cooper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abe Lyman Orchestra ... Musicians (uncredited)
Ida May Chadwick ... Jenny (uncredited)
Frank Clark ... Race spectator (uncredited)
Rube Dalroy ... Man at Dance (uncredited)

Gordon De Main ... Rancher (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Tex (uncredited)

Abe Lyman ... Band Leader (uncredited)

Murdock MacQuarrie ... Rancher (uncredited)

Lew Meehan ... Denver (uncredited)
Al Norman ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Stompie ... Lightnin' (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Mrs. Weatherby (uncredited)
Harry Watson ... Entertainer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert De Lacey  (as Robert DeLacy)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hugh Cummings 
Betty Scott  story (uncredited)
Eugene Walter 

Produced by
E.B. Derr .... producer
Cinematography by
Edward Snyder 
Film Editing by
Fred Allen 
Sound Department
Homer Ackerman .... sound engineer
Ben Winkler .... sound engineer
Kermit Maynard .... stunt double (uncredited)
Music Department
Josiah Zuro .... musical director
Other crew
C.E. Sullivan .... vice president: Pathe Studios
Crew believed to be complete

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67 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Not really a western, except barely, it's a musical and rodeo picture, 23 July 2015

"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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