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Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm (1937)

Passed | | Music, Western | 12 May 1937 (USA)
Gene and Frog, out to stop a bunch of cattle rustlers, assume the identities of what they believe to be dead bandits, which soon gets them in big trouble.

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Rosa Montero
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Joe Stafford
Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws ...
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Champion - Gene's Horse
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Buffalo Brady
Ann Pendleton ...
Mary Ellen Stafford - Joe's Step-daughter
Max Hoffman Jr. ...
Jed - the Apache Kid
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Black Jim
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Hank
Nina Campana ...
Ynez
Charles Meyers ...
Charlie
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Storyline

Chasing rustlers, Gene and Frog find that two of them have killed two deputies and changed clothes with them. Hoping to find the gang leader they change into the outlaw's clothes. This puts them on the right track when the big boss Stafford saves them from a posse. But the two outlaws now posing as Deputies arrive and Gene and Frog soon find themselves prisoners. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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rustler | deputy | posse | cattle | horse | See All (27) »

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Music | Western

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12 May 1937 (USA)  »

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Rhythm on the Ranch  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Hank: Well, if it isn't my old friend, Beau Brummell Millhouse. Where did you get that or-chid?
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Frog Millhouse: (The "orchid" squirts water all over Hank) Introducing my new sideline of tricks, jokes and novelties. Buy some?
Hank: You got any explosive cigars?
Frog Millhouse: Here it is. Lights like a perfecto, goes off like a torpedo and it's only two bits!
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The Old Home Place
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Fleming Allen
Lyrics by Jack Natteford
Performed by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Hal Taliaferro, Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws and guests at the party
Charles Meyers (unconfirmed)
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Mexicali Rose, I love it
15 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm has Gene Autry and his favorite sidekick Smiley Burnette on the trail of cattle rustlers. They've got a special interest in going after these because it's Gene's cattle they've stolen.

Unfortunately what was supposed to be comedy in this film is just general silliness. Gene and Smiley finding some abandoned clothing belonging to some notorious rustlers decide to shed their outfits and go incognito to get a line on the gang. That little bit of undercover work gets them nearly killed because the outlaws they thought were dead show up most inconveniently.

As for how they get out of it, Smiley Burnette has developed a new line of practical joke items like squirting flowers, exploding cigars and whoopee cushions. One of those actually saves Gene and Smiley.

Despite the silliness Gene has some good songs to sing including Mexicali Rose. That was a big hit in 1937 with Bing Crosby gaining one of his gold records with his version of it. But the Autry version here is OK too, especially since we get to hear the verse as well.

Gene's fans will like the movie and everyone will like the song.


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