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The Old Barn Dance (1938)

Autry and his buddies have a horse selling business which is threatened by a tractor company which claims horses are out of date.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)

Writers:

(original screen play), (original screen play) (as Charles Francis Royal)
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Sally Dawson (as Helen Valkis)
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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 ...
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Singer (as Dick Weston)
Ivan Miller ...
Mr. Thornton
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Clem Handley
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Maxwell
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Henchman Buck (as Raphael Bennett)
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Peabody
Frankie Marvin ...
Cowboy
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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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Western

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Release Date:

29 January 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En el viejo corral  »

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(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Autry temporarily left Republic Pictures in a contract after this film. As Republic's "singing cowboy" he was replaced in his next scheduled feature, Under Western Stars (1938), by the young singer Dick Weston, whom the studio renamed Roy Rogers. See more »

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

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Roamin' Around the Range
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Smiley Burnette
Performed by Gene Autry with Sammy McKim and Smiley Burnette
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Good Compact Script
28 June 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Good compact screenplay that manages to coordinate songs, action, and radio-station plot in fairly smooth fashion. Okay, so maybe a tractor can do the work of 5 horses, but can a tractor run down a bad-guy in a car by going overland. Gene shows how a horse can (before Champion). Besides, a tractor can't be stroked or nuzzle like a buddy like a horse can.

Actually, the movie somewhat mirrors Depression era conditions (1938)—the farmers owe more on the tractors than they can pay, so they may lose their farms. Trouble is they're the victims of a crooked scheme that involves the unwitting Autry, who then has to make things right.

I like the radio programming from behind a bale of hay—a whole new concept in broadcasting. In fact, mobile broadcasting plays an important role in the story. Of course, Frog (Burnette) gets to do his bit, and by playing a musical instrument that looks like it's from Mars. All in all, it's a good little Autry programmer, Gene's last for Republic studios, who soon hired Roy Rogers to replace him. Oh well, I still like horses best.


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