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Not quite up to snuff...but its Gene Autry.

Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK
29 October 2006

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Gene Autry, on the side of good and the law, is always eager to come to the aid of his fellow man. A bad guy on his last leg asks Gene for one last favor; to be guardian of his three boys. Little did Gene know these orphans are actually Chicago street toughs that want little to do with their inheritance of a ranch in the wild west. Gene and his sidekick, Frog Millhouse(Smiley Burnette), try to make the young guys comfortable; only to find that the three trouble makers have become a small part of a cattle rustling scheme. All, of course, will turn out well...but not until Gene croons "The Girl in the Middle of My Heart" to his love interest played by Shirley Deane.

Credited players include: Tommy Ryan, David Gorcey, Walter Tetley, Stanley Andrews, Jack Rockwell and Ray Bennett.

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A Matter of Taste

Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
22 May 2014

An entry like this is largely a matter of taste. If you enjoy tough-talking delinquents like the East Side Kids (popular at the time), then you might enjoy this Autry oater. The juvenile actors do a convincing job as little toughies that Frog fetches from Chicago to take over their dead dad's ranch before the baddies grab it. But most of the screen time is taken up with their hijinks. As a result, there's not much action and very little gunplay maybe because of the kids. Shirley Deane does make appealing eye candy, while it's good to see the great Tom London picking up another payday. Other than the little waterfall cleverly used in the plot and a few rather blandly delivered tunes, there's not much else to note, unless, of course, you like the kids' brand of comedy.

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"Education is a wonderful thing."

Author: classicsoncall from United States
20 December 2009

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This is probably about as close as you'll get to see Gene Autry meet the Bowery Boys. It has that feel as Gene brings three troubled street kids from Chicago out to Big Rock and the Barton Ranch. One of the wise guys is portrayed by Leo Gorcey's younger brother David, who had quite a few appearances in the series of films that started with the Dead End Kids. The trio here get involved with a gang of cattle rustlers headed by Frank Welch (Stanley Andrews), but in the end are saved by the intervention of Gene and partner Smiley Burnette. Most of the story is standard stuff for an Autry oater, except for the bit about his willingness to legally adopt the three teens.

Gene and Smiley Burnette share singing duties in the story, with quite a few tunes scattered throughout. Appropriate for the topic, Frog Millhouse (Smiley) offers a rendition of 'In the Jailhouse Now', and later chimes in with the musical story of 'Trigger Joe'. One of the Barton Boys probably had it right when he stated "That's what killed vaudeville".

For an Autry picture I was surprised to hear an off handed Lone Ranger reference when Brains Barton (Tommy Ryan) reacted to Frog by exclaiming 'Hi yo Silver'. Besides that, the other head scratcher had to do with the idea that Jim Barton asked Gene to bring his boys out West. Who then was watching them in Chicago?

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