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The Old Barn Dance (1938)

Passed  -  Action | Comedy | Music  -  29 January 1938 (USA)
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Autry and his buddies have a horse selling business which is threatened by a tractor company which claims horses are out of date.

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(as Joe Kane)

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(original screen play), (original screen play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Smiley Burnette ...
Joan Valerie ...
Sally Dawson (as Helen Valkis)
Sammy McKim ...
Johnny Dawson
Walt Shrum and His Colorado Hillbillies ...
Musicians (as Walter Shrum and his Colorado Hillbillies)
The Stafford Sisters ...
Trio of Comic Singers (as Stafford Sisters)
Maple City Four ...
Comic Singers
...
Singer (as Dick Weston)
Ivan Miller ...
Mr. Thornton
Earl Dwire ...
Clem Handley
Hooper Atchley ...
Maxwell
Ray Bennett ...
Henchman Buck (as Raphael Bennett)
Carleton Young ...
Peabody
Frankie Marvin ...
Cowboy
Earle Hodgins ...
Terwilliger
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Storyline

Sally Dawson gets Gene to sign a contract to sing on her struggling radio station. Gene is selling horses and unknown to him the sponsor of his program is the tractor company he is competing against. When the ranchers that bought tractors can't make their payments and Maxwell forecloses, the ranchers blame Autry. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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29 January 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En el viejo corral  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Cal Shrum. See more »

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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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The Lady Wants to Dance
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Composer unknown
Sung by Gloria Rich)
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Tractor versus Horse
23 July 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Gene Autry was one of the most popular of stars in the 1930s and 1940s, in the movies,on radio, and on record. In his own way, a lot like Bing Crosby except he appealed to the folks in what now would be considered the red states.

His westerns were primarily musicals and had little plot line. But I have to confess that the villain here was truly unique. Tractor salesmen who are out to takeover a lot of land when farmers put up mortgages to get tractors.

Do you believe it? Gene Autry is hawking the virtue of using horses for ranch and farm work and he defeats the dastardly tractor people who have hornswoggled him to do a radio show for them.

With that kind of plot, can you take this film seriously. Of course not. So just listen to the singing.

By the way, the Old Barn Dance was a popular radio show at the time that featured country and western music and Gene made his start there


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