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Moonlight on the Prairie (1935)

Approved | | Musical, Western | 2 November 1935 (USA)
Ace returns to the town where he is suspected of murder. He quickly become involved in the scheme to keep Barbara Roberts from reaching her ranch. To inherit the ranch she must reach it by ... See full summary »

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Ace Andrews (as Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy)
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Smokey (as Smoky)
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Barbara Roberts (as Sheila Mannors)
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Small Change
Joe Sawyer ...
Luke Thomas
Joe King ...
The Sheriff (as Joseph King)
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Buck Cantrell
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Dickie Roberts
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Jeff Holt (as Gordon Elliott)
Herbert Heywood ...
Pop Powell
Raymond Brown ...
Lafe Burns
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Col. Gowdy (scenes deleted)
Milton Kibbee ...
Pete (as Milt Kibbee)
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Ace returns to the town where he is suspected of murder. He quickly become involved in the scheme to keep Barbara Roberts from reaching her ranch. To inherit the ranch she must reach it by midnight. Ace agrees to get her there knowing she is the widow of the man he supposedly killed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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ranch | murder | widow | horse | thief | See All (28) »

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A new star in the saddle to spur you to cheers and stir you to song!

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Musical | Western

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2 November 1935 (USA)  »

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1000 vilde Heste  »

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Based on the story "Boss of the Bar B Ranch", by William Jacobs. See more »

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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Moonlight on the Prairie
Written by Tim Spencer (as Vernon Spencer) and Bob Nolan
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Dick Foran at the end
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The Widow Gets Her Inheritance
22 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Moonlight On The Prarie marked the debut of Dick Foran as Warner Brothers singing cowboy, their answer to Republic and Gene Autry. Foran had a really nice singing voice and I always thought he should have done more musicals, his tenor was far more suitable to those roles. In fact he eventually did star on Broadway in a revival of A Connecticut Yankee.

In this film Foran is accused of murder and we meet him performing in a wild west show as he is a fugitive on said charge. But when he hears of the widow of the deceased Sheila Bromley going to claim her inheritance with son Dick Jones, Foran and sidekick go back to clear his name and set things right for her. The sidekick was George E. Stone who is clearly more suitable to urban type films.

A couple of real bottom feeding villains in Robert Barrat and Joe Sawyer are the folks responsible and of course they're brought to justice. Another cowboy hero to be, Wild Bill Elliott, has a small role as another friend of Foran's.

Foran sings the title song and the much better known Covered Wagon Days and does them well. The plot is a little silly however, especially when Dick Jones almost turns the tables on the good guys by going out to 'help'.

Not a bad film and certainly better than the B westerns coming from poverty row outfits, still could have used a little improvement.


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