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Western Jamboree (1938)

Knowing that is contains valuable helium gas, a gang of bad guys first tries to purchase the ranch which Gene straw-bosses. When that fails, they lay a hidden pipeline to snag the gas.



(screen play), (original story) (as Pat Harper)


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Complete credited cast:
Betty Haskell
Joe Frisco
Frank Darien ...
Dad Haskell
Mrs. Gregory
Doc Trimble
Don Carlos
Ben Hewlett ...
Randolph Kimball (as Bentley Hewlett)
Walter Gregory


When Gene finds Dad Haskell on the ranch he works on, Dad tells him his daughter is coming and he told her he owns the ranch. Gene lets him pose as the owner but another problen arises when Kimball and his outlaw gang find the ranch's hidden helium well, One problem is solved when the real owner arrives to expose the hoax, but then Gene is quickly in trouble when Kimball's men capture him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

2 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Ranch hand Slim: Sure hate to see this outfit bust up after all the years we've been together.
Gene Autry: Why do you say that?
Ranch hand Slim: Oh, anything can happen to us with a new owner coming in.
Gene Autry: Oh, I'll admit things have been unsettled since Old Man Marshall died, but I understand that Van Fleet is a pretty nice guy.
Frog Millhouse: What difference does it make who owns the place as long as I eat regular?
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Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Contained in "Balloon Song"
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When the Bloom is on the Sage
8 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Those scenes in the saloon are little musical gems. I especially liked "Cielito Lindo" and "When the Bloom is on the Sage". And catch that clever novelty act where Joe Frisco does some amazing dance contortions. Plot-wise, Gene helps out Dad by pretending that his ranch is a dude ranch belonging to Dad. It's all done to impress Dad's daughter and her snooty eastern fiancé. Plus, there's helium, of all things, under a weird trapdoor that bad guys are trying to steal. Worse, I think they want to sell it to Hitler.

A big highlight is when Frog Millhouse takes an unscheduled ride in a 98-cent balloon that actually looks kind of scary—I kept looking to see how they did it. Also, Frog does some neat trick riding that others are too busy to notice. Looks to me like old Smiley Burnett (Frog) was a man of many unsung talents. There're also a spectacular wagon crash, some hard riding, and a big shootout where surprise, surprise, nobody gets hurt. Anyway, Gene's got to untangle all of this and still get in a few more songs and he's only got 50-some minutes to do it. I'm just sorry they don't make 'em like this anymore.

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