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Release Date:
16 November 1936 (USA) See more »
A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!
At the Texas Centennial in Dallas Autry confuses two girls by being himself and his own stunt double. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Autry ... Gene Autry / Tom Ford

Smiley Burnette ... Frog

Kay Hughes ... Marion Hill

Sally Payne ... Toodles Brown
William Newell ... Lee Wilson

Max Terhune ... Ventriloquist

Charles Judels ... Swartz - Studio Head

Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians
The Jones Boys ... Singers (as Jones Boys)
The Beverly Hillbillies ... Musicians (as Beverly Hill Billies)

The Light Crust Doughboys ... Musicians (as Light Crust Dough Boys)

Champion ... Champion - Studio Horse
Rex King ... Fred Collins

Harry Worth ... Tony Rico
Mary Russell ... Mary

Christine Maple ... Miss Van Every - Ford's Fiancee

Jerry Larkin ... Henchman Blackie

Jack O'Shea ... Henchman Joe (as Jack O'Shay)

Wedgwood Nowell ... Movie Director (as Wedgewood Nowell)
Antrim Short ... Studio Assistant

June Johnson ... Studio Secretary

Grace Durkin ... Studio Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard Pack ... Texas Ranger Captain Leonard Pack (as Texas Ranger Captain Leonard Pack)
Richard Beach ... Studio Assistant (uncredited)
Elton Britt ... Musician with Beverly Hill Billies Band (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt ... Driver of Cattle Truck (uncredited)

Horace B. Carpenter ... Studio Gateman (uncredited)

George Chesebro ... Henchman (uncredited)
Elmer ... Ventriloquist's Dummy (uncredited)

Hugh Farr ... Sons of the Pioneers Violinist (uncredited)

Karl Farr ... Sons of the Pioneers Guitar Player (uncredited)
Aleth Hansen ... Musician with Beverly Hill Billies Band (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Studio Man (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Cornelius Keefe ... Studio Actor (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette ... Studio Actress (uncredited)
Tracy Layne ... Henchman (uncredited)

Frankie Marvin ... Movie Lot Cowboy (uncredited)

Art Mix ... Studio Stunt Double (uncredited)
Marvin 'Smokey' Montgomery ... Musician with The Light Crust Doughboys (uncredited)

Frances Morris ... Studio Script Girl (uncredited)

Bob Nolan ... Sons of the Pioneers Bassist (uncredited)

Jack Rockwell ... Studio Actor (uncredited)

Roy Rogers ... Sons of the Pioneers Guitarist (uncredited)
Helen Servis ... Studio Actress (uncredited)
The SMU 50 ... Southern Methodist University Marching Band (uncredited)

Rudy Sooter ... Musician with Beverly Hill Billies Band (uncredited)

Tim Spencer ... Sons of the Pioneers Singer (uncredited)
Martin Stevenson ... Studio Actor (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Mack V. Wright 
Joseph Kane (uncredited)
Writing credits
Dorrell McGowan (screenplay) &
Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay)

Dorrell McGowan (original story) &
Stuart E. McGowan (original story)

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer
Armand Schaefer .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Edgar Lyons (photography)
William Nobles (photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Jahns (film editor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Jones .... sound engineer
Cliff Lyons .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bill Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor
Music Department
Harry Grey .... music supervision
Ted Koehler .... songs by
Sam H. Stept .... songs by
Ned Washington .... songs by
Arthur Kay .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
54 min (edited version) | 71 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2727) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Roy Rogers appears as one of the Sons of the Pioneers.See more »
Miscellaneous: The Light Crust Doughboys and The Jones Boys appear in the credits, but do not appear in the shortened (54 minutes) version, but along with some additional action they appear in the original (71 minutes) movie.See more »
Lee Wilson:Oh why was I ever born?
Gene Autry:Now this is no time for riddles.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Where's the plot?, 19 October 2004
Author: Mike-764 from Rego Park, NY

Mammoth Pictures star Tom Ford decides to go on vacation, but the studio's press agent Wilson needs to get ahold of him so he can make a scheduled appearance at the Texas Centennial in Dallas. The problem is solved when Wilson convinces Ford's stuntman, Gene Autry (Autry also doubles as Ford here), to go to the event impersonating Ford. The ruse works, but things go wrong when Autry decides to go on the radio singing, which Ford can not do. This ticks off Ford, who comes back to the studio to get Autry fired, but some gangsters are at the Centennial hoping to collect some of Ford's gambling debts from Autry. This film is good, but nothing more than a promo film for both the Centennial and Autry & the singing groups at Republic, as well as the studio itself. There are some pretty good action scenes at the beginning with Autry as the stuntman. Autry as Ford, however, doesn't convince anyone since his thespian abilities were never great (especially this early in his career). Fun to watch. Rating, based on B westerns, 7.

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