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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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Version of The Dude Ranger (1934) See more »


Stars Over the Desert
Written by Roy Ingraham, as Roy Ingram and Harry Tobias
Performed by Buster Fite and His Six Saddle Tramps
Sung by Smith Ballew
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From the Open Mike to the Open Range
2 May 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Smith Ballew certainly had the right credentials to be a singing cowboy, having been born in Texas. But he got his first break singing with the Leo Reisman Orchestra. For those of you who saw the Eddy Duchin Story, Leo Reisman was the society orchestra that also gave Eddy Duchin his start and featured him as well as Ballew.

But Hollywood grabbed him when the singing cowboy vogue started and he was cast as the tall gallant hero. It helped that he looked a lot like Randolph Scott in my humble opinion.

In Roll Along, Cowboy he and sidekick Stanley Fields have to collect a debt from a widow rancher with her two children owed to their boss in order for their salaries to be paid. Of course arriving at the ranch they get all involved in the problems the widow has. One of those other entanglements is daughter Cecelia Parker who Ballew takes a fancy to.

Ballew had a light tenor voice and in the 57 minutes of the film must have sang about 10 songs including standards like Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddles and The Old Chisholm Trail plus a whole lot of forgettable cowboy ditties. Even westerns from Roy Rogers and Gene Autry didn't have as many numbers. Even a whole lot of musicals from the thirties didn't have as many.

Stanley Fields does all right as the roughhewn sidekick, but he's best known for urban roles like gang leader Sam Vettori in Little Caesar. Looks a bit lost at home on the range.

But for those who miss the singing cowboy, here's a chance to catch one whose name ain't Autry or Rogers.

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