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Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939)

Passed | | Western, Musical | 16 November 1939 (USA)
As a congressman, Gene exposes a crooked politician who is delaying passage of a flood control bill.

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Stephen Holloway
Pals of the Golden West ...
Singers and Musicians
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Senator Timothy Nolan
Lee 'Lasses' White ...
Storekeeper
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Satchel
Gordon Hart ...
Congressman Fuller
Victor Potel ...
Man in Store (as Vic Potel)
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Blockade Boss
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Eddie
Reginald Barlow ...
Higgins - a Migrant
Eddie Kane ...
Congressman
Guy Usher ...
Mr. Craig - Mary's Boss
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A flood has wiped out the ranchers. Congressman Fuller was against the Flood Control bill so Gene runs against him in the next election and wins. Gene goes to Washington but has no success in passing the bill as Holloway is using his influence to block it. Then just as Gene returns home another disastrous flood hits. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Western | Musical

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16 November 1939 (USA)  »

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Washington Cowboy  »

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(RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In the final scene, Gene and Mary share a hug and their cheeks touch, with Mary coming away with mud on the left side of her face. However going in, that side of Gene's face was clean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[leading the ranchers as they try battle mounting floodwaters]
Gene Autry: Watch out for a break on the left, men. Hey! Pile them four deep over there!
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Hurray
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Composer unknown
Performed by Smiley Burnette
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Gene Autry for Congress! No, really!
30 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Gene hitches up and heads for Washington D.C. to fight for flood control. He manages to uncover corruption , sing some songs, and become a champion rodeo rider on the weekends. For an hour long movie like this to have so many irrelevant scenes, you know the screenwriters knew a few things about padding the film. Mary Carlisle is sprightly and engaging as a girl reporter who gradually warms up to Gene and ends up as his biggest fan.

Unfortunately, the film's ending is rather abrupt and forced -- somehow the rich industrialist who has opposed Gene's flood controls at every turn has a change of heart, and he tells everyone that he'll pass the law. This leaves a bad taste in one's mouth -- after all, if he's gonna pass a "good" law, isn't it just as corrupt as if he passed a "bad" law? Wouldn't some kind of plea for more democracy have been more appropriate than a kindly industrialist (this reminds me of the conservative propaganda of MGM's "Boom Town")? Shades of fascist here, but.....well, as long as it's a happy ending.......


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