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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Autry and his buddies have a horse selling business which is threatened by a tractor company which claims horses are out of date.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) (as Charles Francis Royal)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joan Valerie ...
Sally Dawson (as Helen Valkis)
Sammy McKim ...
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
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Singer (as Dick Weston)
Ivan Miller ...
Mr. Thornton
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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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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)  »

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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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The Tree in the Wood
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Traditional nursery song
Performed comically by Maple City Four
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Gene fights dishonest tractor salesmen
26 December 2004 | by (Oklahoma Hills) – See all my reviews

Pretty standard early Gene Autry. Horse Traders, Gene and sidekick Smiley, find themselves suckered into a tractor peddling scheme, designed to swindle the local landowners, by unsuspecting radio station saleslady Sally Dawson (Joan Valerie). When the town blames them Gene and Smiley must prove their innocence and bring the bad guys to justice.

Gene cranks out a fair amount of tunes and Smiley contributes more than a fair share of comic relief in an average oater. This one is really more of a Musical with appearances by Walt Shrum and his Colorado Hillbillies and the Stafford Sisters.

The Old Barn Dance is also notable because it gave rise to bit player "Dick Weston" AKA Roy Rogers who would soon become Republics number one Singing Cowboy.


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