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.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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