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The Old Corral (1936)

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As the sheriff of a small western town, Autry sings his way into a relationship with Eleanor, a singer from a Chicago nightclub who earlier witnessed a murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Smiley Burnette ...
Irene Manning ...
Eleanor Spencer, aka Jane Edwards (as Hope Manning)
Sons of the Pioneers ...
O'Keefe Brothers
Champion ...
Champ - Gene's Horse
Cornelius Keefe ...
Martin Simms
Garland - Simms partner
John Bradford ...
Mike Scarlotti
Milburn Morante ...
Clem Snodgrass
Abe Lefton ...
Abe - Rodeo Announcer
Merrill McCormick ...
Joe (Scarlotti henchman)
Charles Sullivan ...
Frank - Scarlotti Henchman
Buddy Roosevelt ...
Tony - Scarlotti Driver
Lynton Brent ...
Dunn - Dealer
Frankie Marvin ...
Wife-beating Prisoner


As the sheriff of a small western town, Autry sings his way into a relationship with Eleanor, a singer from a Chicago nightclub who earlier witnessed a murder. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Crime | Musical | Western


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21 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Velho Rancho  »

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| (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Sons of Pioneers musical number
25 December 2008 | by (Hamilton OHIO) – See all my reviews

"The Old Corral" became famous for its fight scene between Gene Autry and his future competitor at Republic, Roy Rogers, known at that time as Dick Weston. Rogers was part of the Sons of the Pioneers musical group featured in Autry's pictures. In this film, they play highwaymen (overland bus robbers) who also known how to warble a tune. While most of them are captured and put in jail, young Weston gets away and Autry has to go after him, not only for the robbery but because the group needs his harmony. After he is subdued, Autry asks him to yodel. Rogers then learns why he was captured. In the next scene, the group is shown singing "Silent Trail," a moving ballad about the passing of the old West. The sincere expressions on their faces as they sing compliments their harmonious treatment. They always gave their songs a bit more class than the usual "hillbilly" groups Autry had in his films, who had been taken from the National Barn Dance radio show.

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