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Public Cowboy No. 1 (1937)

Passed  -  Western  -  23 August 1937 (USA)
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Rustlers using modern technology (airplanes, shortwave radios, refrigerated trucks) are Gene's target.

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(as Joe Kane)

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(screen play), (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Smiley Burnette ...
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William Farnum ...
Sheriff Matt Doniphon
Arthur Loft ...
Jack Shannon
Frankie Marvin ...
Deputy Stubby
House Peters Jr. ...
Jim Shannon
James C. Morton ...
Eustace P. Quackenbush
Maston Williams ...
Thad Slaughter
Frank LaRue ...
The Judge (as Frank La Rue)
Milburn Morante ...
Ezra
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Storyline

Shannon is running a modern rustling operation using an airplane to spot the cattle, short wave radio to alert the rustlers, and trucks to haul away the beef. When the aging Sheriff Doniphan is unable to bring them in, he is replaced by an eastern detective. But Doniphan's deputy Gene suspects Shannon and sets a trap to nab him and his gang. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Western

Certificate:

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Release Date:

23 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cow-Boy Público nº 1  »

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(copyright length) (restored) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

(R.C.A. Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

After Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) falls off the refrigerated meat truck where he was dangling on a meat hook, the back of his jacket no longer has a hole in it where the hook would have been. See more »

Quotes

Deputy Sheriff Gene Autry: Thanks a lot, folks. Speeches are not exactly my strong point so maybe I better sing. I'm dedicating this number to a man we should all be mighty grateful to. You old timers remember about 30 years ago this town was pretty wild. Gunfights took place in this very street that claimed the lives of my folks and some of yours. Then a young fella named Doniphon was elected sheriff. He didn't have much equipment - just his guns and his nerves. He still carries the scars of those battles, but he made ...
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Soundtracks

I Picked Up the Trail When I Found You
(1937) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Fleming Allen
Performed by Gene Autry (vocal and guitar)
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Most Bizarre Opening Scene in a Western
17 March 2009 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty typical early Gene Autry Western. Cowpokes and cattle and horses and cars/trucks/airplanes ... yeehaw.

Anyway, the most unusual scene in this movie, very subtle indeed, is the opening sequence. Gene, ridin' and singin' along, the titles rolling by. Check out behind him and see if you see anything odd.

What's that? Looks like a dummy or something. No, it's Smiley Burnette, riding backwards with a forward facing mask on the back of his head. Even funnier, once the titles and song are finished, Gene and another guy have a long conversation before they even mention the bizarre Smiley and his "disguise" ...

His explanation: It was a disguise so that he could keep an eye out so no one could sneak up on them from behind. Ah, Smiley. Ah, humanity.


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