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Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm (1937)

Passed  |   |  Music, Western  |  12 May 1937 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Smiley Burnette ...
Armida ...
Rosa Montero
Monte Blue ...
Joe Stafford
Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws ...
Singing Cowhands
Champion ...
Champion - Gene's Horse
Hal Taliaferro ...
Buffalo Brady
Ann Pendleton ...
Mary Ellen Stafford - Joe's Step-daughter
Max Hoffman Jr. ...
Jed - the Apache Kid
Charles King ...
Black Jim
Frankie Marvin ...
Nina Campana ...
Charles Meyers ...


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 <>

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Music | Western


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Release Date:

12 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rhythm on the Ranch  »

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(original) | (2003 restoration) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Rootin' Tootin' Entertainment
1 May 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This is one of Gene's early starring westerns for Republic filled with plenty of action and just enough music to keep it interesting. Quite obviously famed stuntman Yakima Canutt is at the helm. He had already perfected the stunt used many years later in "Ben-Hur" where the stuntman goes under the horses, then continues back to also go under the wagon. It's amazing to watch, and just as exciting in 1937 as it would be in 1959 when a chariot rather than a wagon is employed.

Gene croons a few numbers. My personal favorite is "Mexicali Rose." It was so loved by Gene's fans that he named one of his later oaters after it. Frog too gets to show off his varied musical talents. An accomplished songwriter, singer, musician, Smiley Burnette could play over one hundred instruments. Besides guitar, this outing Frog also plays up a storm on an accordion. Frog's humor left a lot to be desired but was appealing to the youngsters. In the early days, as in this film, Frog used a yell for assistance from Gene or out of frustration that was similar to one later used by Lou Costello to greater effect when calling for help from Bud Abbott.

The script if fairly routine, but involves so many mistaken identities involving donning other's clothing and going undercover that viewers may get confused at times, especially the kids. Gene and Frog slip out to chase rustlers. Not long afterward, Gene's cowhands joined by a few new recruits with suspicious credentials also slip out to chase the same rustlers. Two fugitives with a price on their heads shoot two lawmen and exchange clothing with them. Gene and Frog come upon the crime. They proceed to take the fugitives' cast off clothing and exchange it for their own. This leads to all sorts of complications to say the least which eventually involve two ladies who catch Gene and Frog asleep and hogtie them. This time there's not only a woman for Gene but a fairly good looking one for Frog as well. In future films, Frog would usually get stuck with wallflowers or frog lookalikes of a different gender. In the end Frog and Gene are able to extricate themselves from the situation and also from the two women. Frog says it best, "Say goodbye? Why, Lady, we never even said hello."

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