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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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Mary Baxter
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George Baxter
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Bull Dural
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Iodine
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Banker Moore
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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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dam | construction | song | robbery | chase | See All (48) »

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Your Singing Son of the Saddle Braves Dynamite Death to Clear Himself of the Bandit Brand! See more »

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Action | Music | Western

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Release Date:

2 March 1936 (USA)  »

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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

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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Red River Sweetheart
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Smiley Burnette
Written for this movie and possibly used instrumentally
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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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