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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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Complete credited cast:
Jerry (as Lucille Browne)
Dr. Parker (as George Hayes)
Norma Taylor ...
Barney Craven
Henchman Connors


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


Music | Western


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Release Date:

5 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boiadeiro Trovador  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$12,500 (estimated)


$1,000,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


(2004 restoration) | (edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Gene Autry's first picture for Republic, and also the first directing job at Republic for long-time Autry and Roy Rogers director, Joseph Kane. See more »


[Harry waves his pistol at the medicine show performers]
Harry Brooks: Turn around and face the wall. Take a rope off this bundle, boy, and tie there hands behind them. Work fast! If I start to pass out, I may take some of you with me for luck!
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »


Riding Down the Canyon
(1935) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
Played on a record and sung by Gene Autry
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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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