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Red River Valley (1936)

Gene and Frog set out to find out who has been causing the accidents at a dam construction site.

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Frances Grant ...
Mary Baxter
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Steve Conway
Jack Kennedy ...
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George Baxter
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Bull Dural
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Sam
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Iodine
Edward Hearn ...
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)  »

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Man of the Frontier  »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)

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$225,000 (USA)
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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Lane Chandler and Jack Rockwell are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear in the movie. Neither did Bob Burns and Jack Kirk who were listed as cast members in a modern source. 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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Remade as The Arizona Cowboy (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyrie
(1856) (uncredited)
from "Die Walküre"
Composed by Richard Wagner
In the score during the riot at the dam
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Gene Autry As The Ditch Rider
16 June 2014 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

When dynamite-wielding mystery men repeatedly sabotage the construction of a new reservoir and kill the "ditch rider" responsible for the site's security, cowboy Gene Autry is hired to replace him and bring the saboteurs to justice.

A typically entertaining Republic Pictures production, this has some good action and stunt work, with the always likable Smiley Burnette backing up Gene and offering some comic relief to the proceedings.

One interesting sequence (that should have been longer) involves Autry tracking the villains to an abandoned territorial prison in the middle of the desert.

Keen viewers will recognize future Producers' Releasing Corporation contract villain Charles King, who figures prominently in the film's climactic riot!

Musical interludes are few this time around, though Gene does get to sing his big hit version of the title song.


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