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Springtime in the Rockies (1937)

Ranch owner Sandra, fresh from animal husbandry school, brings a flock of sheep into cattle country. The local ranchers don't like it, and ranch foreman Gene must deal with it.


(as Joe Kane)


(original screen play), (original screen play)

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Complete credited cast:
Ula Love ...
Sylvia Parker
Ruth Bacon ...
Peggy Snow
Jane Hunt ...
Jane Hilton
Thad Morgan
Briggs (as Alan Bridge)
Jed Thorpe
Autry's Musicial Cowhand
William Hole ...
Bub - Messenger
Fred Burns ...
Rancher Harris
Jimmy's Saddle Pals ...
Dance Band


When the new ranch owner and her girlfriends arrive from the East, Foreman Autry directs them to a rundown shack hoping they will go back. Learning of Autry's trick, Briggs gets her to sell the ranch cheap. Then to get Autry out of the way he has him framed for murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

13 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pokerranchen  »

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) (2003 restoration) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


[after an awkward silence, Sylvia tries start a conversion with Autry's ranch hands]
Sylvia Parker: Watch me break down their resistance. Well, pards, I reckon you hombres are figgerin' on a rip-snortin' bang-up shindig tonight.
Cowhand: What did she say?
Autry Musician/Cowhand: Hombres. A colloquialism indigenous to the southwest. Derived from the Latin, "Homo."
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Spoofed in Springtime in the Rock Age (1940) See more »


When It's Springtime in the Rockies
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Jimmy's Saddle Pals and George Chesebro
Reprised by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and Jimmy's Saddle Pals at the end
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Fun but also kind of shallow and sexist.
3 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Springtime in the Rockies" is a light-weight B-movie starring Gene Autry--the singing cowboy. As you'd expect, he sang a few songs during this hour-long film. However, one of them (the first in the film) had a rather strange setup. When the ranchers are angry at someone because he brought sheep onto the range, Gene breaks into song. Why? Because, according to him, "It's hard to sing and be mean at the same time"--among the lamest reasons I can recall in a cowboy film! Such is the sort of stuff you'll see and hear in this silly but enjoyable film.

Soon after this kerfuffle settles, the woman who owns the ranch where Gene is a foreman arrives from back East. She has never been to the ranch and she and her college friends are occasionally annoying caricatures--and Gene decides to have fun at their expense. So, instead of showing them to the beautiful ranch house, he takes them to a broken-down shack which he tells them IS the ranch house. Before he can tell them about his big joke, however, the goofy owner buys sheep! What's Gene to do? While the film is a bit fun in spots and is a rather inconsequential film, it may offend some. Again and again, the young women are the butt of jokes, as they are 'silly feminists'. While it's true that sometimes Gene and his friend Frog (Smiley Burnett) get theirs sometimes, in the end it's up to the men to save these poor women. And, the resolution to the problems seems to come way too quickly and easily. But, the songs are generally nice, Burnett makes for a nice sidekick and the film has a few good moments. On balance, a decent time-passer but not much more.

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