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Autry and his buddies have a horse selling business which is threatened by a tractor company which claims horses are out of date.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

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(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
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Cowboy
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Terwilliger
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

29 January 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En el viejo corral  »

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(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This is the last film that Dick Weston aka Leonard Slye would appear in before becoming "Roy Rogers". The following year he would star as Roy Rogers in his first feature, Under Western Stars (1938). See more »

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

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She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
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Played during the opening credits
Performed by The Stafford Sisters later
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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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