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Man from Music Mountain (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Music, Western  |  15 August 1938 (USA)
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When nasty land developers try to bilk honest ranchers who don't know their land holds lots of gold, Gene puts a stop to it.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Hughes ...
Sally Payne ...
Ivan Miller ...
Ed Cassidy ...
Brady (as Edward Cassidy)
Lew Kelly ...
Bowdie Bill
Howard Chase ...
Al Terry ...
Buddy (as Albert Terry)
Frankie Marvin ...
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Lillian Drew ...
Mrs. Chris
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Scanlon is pulling off a land swindle by selling lots in a ghost town claiming the power company is bringing in a line. As a bonus he throws in shares in a worthless gold mine. Gene is on to Scanlon and tries to get him to buy back the deeds by salting the mine with gold. But when a new vein is really discovered Gene has to stop the sales but is trapped in the mine by Scanlon's men. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Comedy | Music | Western


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A pretty good B-western--though the plot is a bit familiar.
14 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A group of scoundrels decide to sell worthless land to naive settlers with promises that the land would be electrified and they'd make tons of money with their businesses. Instead, they know the new dam won't bring electricity there and the mine they sell them is worthless. When Gene Autry discovers this, he tries to help--but no one believes him.

There were a ton of B-westerns made in the 40s and 50s, so it shouldn't be any surprise that the plot to 'Man From Music Mountain" was VERY familiar. In fact, it had been used a year earlier in "Gunsmoke Ranch" and a few years later in "Pioneers of the West"--both Three Mesquiteer films and all three films from Republic Pictures. Still, this Gene Autry outing is quite good and worth seeing.

In this installment, Gene is joined by Smiley Burnett--one of the few sidekicks who could and would often sing in the films as well as the leading man. Smiley's comic songs are nice and I was strangely intrigued by the couple who made music using bells--you just have to hear it for yourself. Additionally, Gene is in his element and it's hard not to enjoy yourself when watching this film.

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