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Mountain Rhythm (1939)

Passed | | Western | 9 June 1939 (USA)
Standard western fare: Gene has to save the ignorant and naive from underhanded land grabs by the baddies.


(as B. Reaves Eason)


(screen play), (original story)


Complete credited cast:
Ma Hutchins
Judge Worthington
Walter Fenner ...
Mr. Cavanaugh
Jack Pennick ...
Mr. Daniels
Bernard Suss ...
Sheriff Dalrimple (as Edward Cassidy)
Henchman Ed Carney
Deputy Tom
Rancher Kimball
Cowhand Burt


Cavanaugh and McCauley are after the ranchers land. When the Government announces the land will be put up for auction, the ranchers pool their money only to have it stolen by Cavanaugh's men. They then plan to sell their cattle but Cavanaugh announces a fake gold strike and the cowhands all leave. But Gene's hobo friend the Judge says he will get the cattle to market and he sends out a signal to his hobo friends. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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rancher | hobo | cattle | gold | auction | See All (34) »




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Release Date:

9 June 1939 (USA)  »

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| (edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


[first lines]
[commenting on Frog's rickety wagon]
Gene Autry: Boy, you'll be lucky if this thing holds till Pueblo City.
Frog Millhouse: Well, don't worry about it. It came all the way from Texas didn't it? I ain't walked yet!
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Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Traditional children's song
Sung by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, and hotel guests on the hayride
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Gene's Done Better
22 January 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Sub-par 60-minutes for Gene's premier Republic period. The story's pretty good even if familiar—ranchers being cheated out of their land. But putting their land up for auction does make for an exciting climax as Gene races against time. One reason I like these early Autry entries is that Frog gets to be more than comic relief. Here he does acrobatic fisticuffs with the best of them. He was really a very talented guy. Too bad the production doesn't leave the non-scenic San Fernando Valley for maybe scenic Lone Pine and the Sierras. After all, the title is Mountain Rhythm, not Valley Rhythm. Anyway, catch how the guys start that cattle stampede—it's funny as heck. The songs, unfortunately, are pretty undistinguished, except for a couple familiar ones. All in all, Gene's done better.

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