Border inspector Gene makes certain no diseased animals make it into the United States.



(original screen play), (original screen play)


Complete credited cast:
June Storey ...
George Cleveland ...
Jim Wheeler
Dr. Sommers
Gordon Hart ...
H.R. Shelby
Hal Price ...
Professor Wentworth
Ethan Laidlaw ...
Henchman Carter
John Beach ...
Henchman Russ
Jack Ingram ...
Henchman Wilson
Bob Woodward ...
Henchman Madden
Sherven Brothers Rodeoliers ...
Musicians (as The Rodoliers)


When Belnap finds his herd infected with hoof and mouth disease, he tries to ship them immediately. But Gene finds an infected cow and quarantines all the herds. To get permission to ship, Belnap changes the brand on one of his infected cows to the Wheeler brand. Gene knows the Wheeler herd is OK and sets out to find the infected herd. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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HE'S STILL RIDING HIGH IN---(original 3-sheet poster all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

3 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ridin' the Range  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Belknap: We got trouble on our hands, Shelby.
H.R. Shelby: What are you talking about?
Belknap: Some of the cattle on my ranch are showing infection - hoof-and-mouth disease.
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Moonlight On The Ranchhouse
Written by Walter G. Samuels
Sung by Gene Autry and June Storey with an offscreen chorus
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Herding Elephants
24 March 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Gene and Smiley are cattle inspectors, who get mixed up with infected herds and slippery owners.

I've seen a ton of matinees, but this is the first where an elephant, yes an elephant, is complicit in a jailbreak. Now let's see the sheriff lock Him up. Pretty good Autry oater, some hard riding, but not many flying fists, nor much fast shooting. Still, the plot's unusual, dealing as it does with a common cattle disease—hoof & mouth-- that's seldom mentioned in oaters. Not much in the way of scenery, looks like Big Bear woods east of LA, at least for some of the shots. I'm constantly amazed by Burnette's low-key versatility. Watch him twirl the six- shooters, maybe comically, but as expertly as anyone. Here he also gets a big part in shaping events. What an underrated comic sidekick he was. Anyway, Storey's fetching, while blowhard Hodgins gets to peddle his patented snake-oil in amusing fashion. Too bad, the song selections are pretty undistinguished, but who cares when we've got Storey to ogle. All in all, it's a decent Autry package, with Gene in the spiffiest outfit this side of uptown Dallas.

A "5" on the Matinée Scale

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