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Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935)

Approved | | Music, Western | 5 September 1935 (USA)
After a five year absence Gene returns home to find his father murdered and his boyhood pal accused of the dastardly deed.

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Lucile Browne ...
Jerry (as Lucille Browne)
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Dr. Parker (as George Hayes)
Norma Taylor ...
Edward Hearn ...
Barney Craven
Eugene Jackson ...
Eightball
Jack Rockwell ...
McWade
George Chesebro ...
Henchman Connors
Frankie Marvin ...
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Storyline

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 Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The Screen's New Singing Cowboy Star

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Music | Western

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Release Date:

5 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boiadeiro Trovador  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,000,000 (USA)
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(2004 restoration) | (edited) | (original)

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Gene Autry: I suppose you feel all right now that you've won another range war and become more crippled up than ever.
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Connections

Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Corn-fed and Rusty
(1935) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
Played on an accordion and sung by Smiley Burnette
Danced by Eugene Jackson
Reprised by Burnette and danced by Charles King, George Chesebro and Tom London
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Anyone can dance if they are properly persuaded
13 April 2005 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly enjoyable Western where Gene solves the murder of his father, rights the wrongs attributed to his old friend, and gets both the horse and the girl – all in just over one hour! The writing is clever and Gene's acting is both more fluid and his lines more subtle than in many follow-on films. The substance of the dispute – water rights: a very real part of the history of the American West.

George "Gabby" Hayes (it appears with all his teeth) does yeoman service as Doctor Parker. Smiley Burnette is good as the sidekick that cannot quite find the mate to a missing spur.

Good songs and the use of a modern record player allow Gene to trap three of the bad guys. Good chase scene. Best line in move is when the good guys line up the three bad men and Smiley (angry that they just shot a hole in his guitar) tells them to dance. The bad guys say that they can't dance and the response is "anyone can dance if they are properly persuaded." Sure this is a low budget Saturday matinée special, but it appears that someone was trying very hard to show that this team of actors and director Joseph Kane would be able to produce a winner that could be replicated. Highly recommended.


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