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15 November 1940 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Autry ... Gene Autry

Jimmy Durante ... Cornelius J. Courtney

Ann Miller ... Julie Shelton

Barton MacLane ... Mark Wildhack
Barbara Jo Allen ... Veronica Whipple (as Barbara Allen - 'Vera Vague')

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Pop Laramie
Jerome Cowan ... Tommy Summerville
Mary Lee ... Penny Curtis
Joe Sawyer ... Jasper Wildhack (as Joseph Sawyer)
Horace McMahon ... Bud Wildhack (as Horace MacMahon)
Clarence Wilson ... Judge Henderson
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Slim (as William Benedict)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxine Ardell ... Majorette (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Scarlet Shadow Radio Actor (uncredited)
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys ... Musicians (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Henchman (uncredited)
Bob Card ... Melody Ranch Band Musician (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Henchman (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Autry Voter Complaining to Pop (uncredited)
Spade Cooley ... Melody Ranch Band Musician (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Bets on Autry (uncredited)
Jim Corey ... Autry Rider (uncredited)
Carl Cotner ... Melody Ranch Band Musician (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ... Autry Rider (uncredited)
Tommy Duncan ... Member of Bob Wills and His Texas Plaboys (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Sheriff Barstow (uncredited)
O.K. Ford ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ruth Gifford ... Majorette (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Frank #2 (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Man Who Asks for Quiet (uncredited)
Donald Haines ... Callboy (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Wildhack Cohort (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Ed - Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Ingram ... Radio Actor with Loco (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Woman Asking About Electric Shock (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ... Trolley Passenger (uncredited)
Jack Kirk ... Heavy Man at Back of Bus with Corny (uncredited)
Tom London ... Henchman Joe #2 (uncredited)
Harley Luse ... Melody Ranch Band Musician (uncredited)
Frankie Marvin ... Melody Ranch Band Musician (uncredited)
Leon McAuliffe ... Member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Rancher (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Henchman (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
John Merton ... Warns the Wildhacks (uncredited)
Art Mix ... Rancher (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Henchman Charlie (uncredited)
Horace Murphy ... Loco - Cowboy Radio Actor (uncredited)
Bill Nestell ... Man at Trial (uncredited)
Post Park ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Henchman Joe #1 (uncredited)
Tom Smith ... Henchman (uncredited)
Al Stricklin ... Member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Henchman (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Wally West ... Townsman (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Autry Voter on Trolley (uncredited)
Bob Wills ... Leader - The Texas Playboys (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Santley 
Writing credits
Jack Moffitt (original screenplay) &
F. Hugh Herbert (original screenplay) &
Bradford Ropes (original screenplay) &
Betty Burbridge (original screenplay)

Sid Kuller (special comedy sequences) &
Ray Golden (special comedy sequences)

F. Hugh Herbert  story (uncredited)
Jack Moffitt  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... associate producer
Original Music by
William Lava (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photography) (as Joseph August)
Film Editing by
Lester Orlebeck (film editor)
Art Direction by
John Victor Mackay 
Production Management
Al Wilson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Blair .... assistant director (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor
Music Department
Eddie Cherkose .... special music and lyrics
Raoul Kraushaar .... musical director
Jule Styne .... special music and lyrics
Victor Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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84 min (original version) | 54 min (edited version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6737) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The 'Melody Ranch' set built for this film consisted of a long, one story house and a much larger gambrel-roof barn with a practical interior. The house portion's exterior was revamped after filming, and the set was a fixture on Republic's back lot for several years. It was featured in the show "My Three Sons" (1960).See more »
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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great cast killed by corn, 30 April 2006
Author: estabansmythe from Azusa, CA

"Melody Ranch" (1940) is one of Gene Autry's best-known and most popular Oaters. In reality,while not his best, it's still entertaining as all get-out!

The only neative is the screenplay by Jack Moffitt, F. Hugh Herbet (norelation to the comic character actor), Bradford Ropes and Betty Burbridge: It's got a little too much comic corn.

The film boasts an unusually strong cast,including Gabby Hayes, Gene's love interest Ann Miller (who never ever looked more stunning - she's a total knockout here at age 17), bad guy Barton MacLane, and Jerome Cowan (a year before Mary Astor bumps him off when he played Bogie's Sam Spade partner Miles Archer near the beginning of "The Maltese Falcon").

Serving as Gene's back-up band...Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys! The fella who gets the lion's share of the corny jokes is that wonderful legend, Jimmy Durante. His role is similar to his Banjo in "The Man Who Came to Dinner" four years later, in 1944.

I absolutely love the two-reel B film "Oater" westerns of the '30 & '40s and the western TV series of the '50s. This one comes close to being included among them but the high corn factor keeps it off the list. But Ann Miller is really great to look at here.

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