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Colorado Sunset (1939)

Passed | | Action, Music, Western | 31 July 1939 (USA)
Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.

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Dave Haines (as Larry "Buster" Crabbe)
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Dr. Rodney Blair
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Gene and the boys arrive at their new ranch to find themselves in the dairy business instead of punching cows. They soon become victims of Doc Blair's outlaw gang that is keeping all milk shipments from reaching the market. Gene eventually learns that Blairs's men get their instructions in code when his medical bulletins are read over the radio. Gene obtains the code and hopes a false message will lead the gang into a trap. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A TROUBADOR Who wrote songs in GUNSMOKE! (original print ad)

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Action | Music | Western

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31 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der große Milchkrieg von Colorado  »

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(2001 restored) | (edited)

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(RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The song, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," was sung at the 1901 funeral of the assassinated President William McKinley, because it was his favorite song. See more »

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Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
(1897) (uncredited)
Music by John S. Fearis
Lyrics by Jessie B. Pounds
Performed by Gene Autry and Townsfolk at the funeral
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Another Good Autry Mix
3 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Notice in these productions from the '30's how often Gene is protecting little guys against big predators. It's a popular theme, I suspect, for that Depression decade. Here he's helping dairy farmers against a conniving outlaw outfit, led by a double-dealing doctor. Then too, these productions liked to work radio broadcasting into the storyline, as they do here with the doc giving orders in code over the air (clever).

It's a typically good Autry oater from the period, with a bang-up climax of hard-riding and buckboard crashes. That's along with two standout songs, especially the one by lakeside, plus little Patsy Montana who can be my cowboy's sweetheart any day.

Watch for Elmo Lincoln in a dairyman's role—he was one of the screen's earliest Tarzans! Quite a trip from the jungles to the Old West. Of course, Frog gets his usual comic relief, but he also gets to battle the bad guys just like Gene. Maybe the biggest surprise is tall, handsome Buster Crabbe as a good-bad guy, and so soon after traveling the universe as Flash Gordon. He's tough competition for Gene, but our hero manages. Anyway, it's another fine matinée special from our friends at Republic and Melody Ranch.

An "8" on the matinée scale.


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