Traveling with Doc Parker's medicine show, Gene finds his old friend Harry Brooks wounded and the Sheriff after him for murdering his father. Gene also sees that Craven and his gang are looking for Brooks. Finding clues that Craven was behind the murder, Gene has a plan utilizing the medicine show wagon that will trap the gang. Written by
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The Sons of the Pioneers did not actually make their motion picture debut in this film, along with members Roy Rogers and Bob Nolan, as previously claimed. The Sons of the Pioneers had already made their film debut in several films long before "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" was made. See more »
Hadn't you better introduce me to your friend?
Do you mean you don't know me? Why, I'm Jerry, Janet's little sister!
The little freckle-faced kid that never could keep her stockings up?
I can't believe it! I don't know whether to kiss you or spank you.
Don't you think I'm a little old to spank?
I suppose you are. And it's probably a little too public to, ah, well anyway, it's too public.
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Autry's first movie under the banner of Republic is a good one. Catch those great panoramic shots of gangs hard-riding across the flats, taking aim at each other courtesy director Kane. They're real eye-grabbers, unusual for a matinée western. In fact, the 60-minutes is full of imaginative touches like the brawl inside the traveling show wagon, with the losers getting dumped unceremoniously onto the rocky roadway.
And I kept wondering where grizzled old Gabby from the credit crawl was. But there he was, hiding behind a brown mustache, a nice suit, and even a set of false teeth. Yes sir, it's Gabby like I'd never seen before. Plus, Gene's all duded out in cowboy finery of his own, trying to get a bead on whoever murdered his dad, and you just know he will. Even at this early stage he's got an easy way with a song, including the great title tune. And who is that black kid with feet faster than the proverbial flying bullet. Yes indeed, that's quite a medicine show old Gabby puts on. And I love the way he fills his bottles of elixir with muddy water, just the thing to cure everything from a nosebleed to gout.
Anyhow, I think there's a flaw in IMDb's rating system. I'd hate to put this programmer-- good as it is-- up against quality A-pictures. So instead, I give it an '8' on a scale strictly for those great old matinees that are still a lot of harmless fun.
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