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Roll Along, Cowboy (1937)

Approved | | Action, Music, Western | 18 October 1937 (USA)
Singing cowboy Randy shows up at Mrs. Blake's ranch. She is beset by bad guys, and Randy loves her daughter Janet.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Dan Jarrett)

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Complete credited cast:
Randy Porter
Barry Barker
Ruth Robinson ...
Edwina Blake
Danny Blake (as Wally Albright Jr.)
Frank Milan ...
Arthur Hathaway
Odie Fenton (as Gordon Elliott)
Cowhand Shorty
Harry Bernard ...
Ranch Foreman Shep
Buster Fite ...
Singing Cowhand
Buster Fite and His Six Saddle Tramps ...
Singing Cowhands


Morgan pays off Randy and Barry with a promissory note to be collected at the Blake ranch. They arrive to find Mrs. Blake sick and without any money, her back taxes due, her ranch hands departed, and her son in need of an operation. With Randy attracted to Janet and Barry hoping to help Danny, the two decide to stay. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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HE ROLLS ALONG WITH A SONG (original poster-all caps) See more »


Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

18 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jugándose la vida  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in New York City Saturday 11 September 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and in Los Angeles late in 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


[Danny is confined to a wheelchair]
Danny Blake: Oh, I can't walk.
Barry Barker: Oh, that's tough!
Danny Blake: Oh, no it's not. I bet I can beat you in a runnin' and I'll give you a head start.
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Roll Along, Ride 'em Cowboy
Written by 'Lyle Womack' and Lew Porter
Performed by Buster Fite and His Six Saddle Tramps
Sung by Smith Ballew
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Roll Along, Cowboy is passable filler
30 December 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

Because this was directed by Gus Meins and featured Wally Albright-former director of Our Gang and former leading character of the series-I decided to watch this on Internet Archive in the chronological order parallel to the series' films since I'm now at 1937. This musical western stars a now-forgotten singer named Smith Ballew. He's okay doing the warbling but it's easy to see why he didn't stay long in the movies: He wasn't much of a heroic figure. Stanley Fields-who I just watched again as the sheriff in Laurel & Hardy's Way Out West-fares better as his sidekick and has some nice scenes with Albright whether singing with him or just talking with him. Wally's character can't walk so that ups the sympathy factor for him. Anyway, this was a nice filler for the double feature bill and at under an hour, just enough time for the story and music. So on that note, Roll Along, Cowboy is worth a look.

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