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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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Complete credited cast:
Smiley Burnette ...
Frances Grant ...
Mary Baxter
Boothe Howard ...
Steve Conway
Jack Kennedy ...
Champion ...
Sam Flint ...
George Baxter
George Chesebro ...
Bull Dural
Charles King ...
Eugene Jackson ...
Edward Hearn ...
Sheriff Ed
Frank LaRue ...
Banker Moore
Ken Cooper ...
Henchman Long
Frankie Marvin ...
Henchman Becker (as Frank Marvin)


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 | chase | song | robbery | See more »


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Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

2 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man of the Frontier  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$75,000 (estimated)


$225,000 (USA)

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(2004 restoration) | (re-edited version) (edited) (re-edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Where a Water Wheel Keeps Turning On
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Oliver Drake and Sam H. Stept
Written for this movie and possibly used instrumentally
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Singing cowboy Gene Autry enlivens an otherwise dull B-grade Western.
10 June 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Gene Autry is essentially the only reason to watch Red River Valley (aka Man of the Frontier). He's a pretty good actor, an even better singer, and looks good in his cowboy costume. He's an interesting person to watch. Unfortunately, he's about the only thing to recommend this film. I found the whole affair dull and, quite frankly, uninteresting. Granted, the makers of this film weren't trying to create a masterpiece. It's pretty clear that their primary objective was to quickly and cheaply make a picture with a story that would appeal to most people and that would exploit the vocal abilities of their star. Autry doesn't arrive onto the scene until several minutes into the film. When he does, he waits around for twice as long until he gets to sing. Why wait so long to have him get back to doing what he does best? I don't know. As for the rest of the cast, few of them aspire to even slightly memorable portrayals of their roles. Smiley Burnette is probably the only exception to this. The townspeople, the judge, the romantic interest, all of them are totally forgettable in their roles. Not having see any of Autry's other western vehicles, I can't honestly say that I have anything to compare this film to. This is just my first impression. Still, despite it's numerous flaws, it's still fun to watch Autry do his stuff on screen.

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