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 <email@example.com>
[Gene and Frog enter a bar pretending to be murderous outlaws]
What'll it be, strangers?
I'd like a glass of milk.
Aw, he's always kidding. We'll drink whiskey straight and wash it down with lye.
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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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