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Red River Valley (1936)

Passed  |   |  Action, Music, Western  |  2 March 1936 (USA)
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Gene and Frog set out to find out who has been causing the accidents at a dam construction site.

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Smiley Burnette ...
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Mary Baxter
Boothe Howard ...
Steve Conway
Jack Kennedy ...
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George Baxter
George Chesebro ...
Bull Dural
Charles King ...
Sam
Eugene Jackson ...
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Sheriff Ed
Frank LaRue ...
Banker Moore
Ken Cooper ...
Henchman Long
Frankie Marvin ...
Henchman Becker (as Frank Marvin)
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One of Gene Autry's early Republic westerns, the film has plenty of action and songs by Autry and Burdette, along with other musical novelty acts. Gene and his friend Frog help the valley's irrigation company solve the mystery of who's behind the terror tactics of those fighting the dam. In the process, they become implicated in a payroll robbery and must clear their names while pursuing the real robbers and trying to save the dam for the valley's drought-ravaged landowners. Written by Dale Roloff

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Action | Music | Western

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2 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man of the Frontier  »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$225,000 (USA)
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(2004 restoration) | (re-edited version) (edited) (re-edited) | (original)

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There are over 100 songs with the title "Red River Valley," virtually all based on the public domain, 19th century version that is often played by country-western artists and in movies. It is almost impossible to pinpoint any one version, but in this case the version used was published in connection with this movie (a picture of Gene Autry and scenes from the movie on its cover) and was written by Nick Manoloff. The music sounds identical to the traditional version, but the lyrics are slightly modified. See more »

Quotes

Gene Autry: If you walk out now, you'll ruin the valley. Everybody will lose their homes, farms. You'll get your money! Baxter's arranging for a loan now and he'll be here to tell you himself.
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Rienzi Overture
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A masterpiece when compared with Blazing Saddles!
27 December 2004 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This was an incisive indictment of American capitalist greed in a similar vein to Battleship Potemkin ... sorry, I've got my notes mixed up. This is much better than Potemkin! The print I watched needed some of the same TLC however, but I guess and reckon that won't happen.

Gene delivers his herd of steers to the railroad, only to change his job into that of the more exciting sounding "ditch rider" for the dam builders. I don't know, I suppose I could have missed it but what the heck is a ditch rider's duties, apart from thwarting the baddies at every turn? They're trying to stop construction on the dam, but not destroy it - a fine line in movies like this! The acting and screenplay is what you would expect; the title song is sung suitably downbeat throughout, with a little help from Smiley and a Novelty Hillbilly Band in the starkly lit saloon.

I loved it - not recommended for the serious.


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