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Jack Moffitt (original screenplay) &
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Release Date:
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:
Donnie Allen ... (uncredited)
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 ... Man Who Bets on Autry (uncredited)

Jim Corey ... Autry Rider (uncredited)
Carl Cotner ... Melody Ranch Band Musician (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Radio Show Spectator (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ... Autry Rider (uncredited)

Dick Elliott ... Sheriff Barstow (uncredited)
Johnnie Fleming ... (uncredited)
Charlotte Fletcher ... (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 ... Joe #2 - Henchman (uncredited)
Harley Luse ... Melody Ranch Band Musician (uncredited)

Frankie Marvin ... Melody Ranch Band Musician (uncredited)

Frank McCarroll ... Rancher (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Henchman (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

John Merton ... Man Who Warns the Wildhacks (uncredited)

Art Mix ... Rancher (uncredited)

Jack Montgomery ... Charlie - Henchman (uncredited)

Horace Murphy ... Loco - Cowboy Radio Actor (uncredited)

Bill Nestell ... Man at Trial (uncredited)
Post Park ... Stage Driver (uncredited)

Gene Roth ... Joe #1 - Henchman (uncredited)
Sewell Shurtz ... (uncredited)

Tom Smith ... Henchman (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Henchman (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Wally West ... Townsman (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Autry Voter on Trolley (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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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 »
Cornelius J. Courtney:Hey, Gene. Listen, I've been thinking it over, and I think maybe I ought to go with the others on the bus.
Gene Autry:Oh no you don't. Get up on that horse and shut up.
Cornelius J. Courtney:But, Gene...
Gene Autry:Remember, this was your idea.
Cornelius J. Courtney:I'd forgotten.
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Singing is nice, acting is average, 15 January 2002
Author: Craig Smith ( from Toledo, Ohio

Gene Autry has a radio show with singing and a drama each week. His co-star, Ann Miller, thinks he his, shall we say, less than sophisticated. She thinks she is too good for him and the show. His hometown wants him to come back as honorary sheriff during a special celebration. While there he tangles with three brothers who run the town headed by Barton MacLane. And Gene develops a love interest toward Ann. As a movie the acting is somewhat weak. Ann Miller goes around with a smile plastered on her face regardless of the type of scene. If she had put more into her performance I would have rated this movie higher. Then there is Jimmy Durante (who has some very good scenes) and Gabby Hayes (who always does his 'Gabby' role very well). They used their scenes very effectively. Bartin MacLane as the bad guy also used his talents effectively in the few scenes he was in. In other words, the character actors put some real effort into their roles and they are quite enjoyable. Not a movie that you will see over and over again but it certainly worth seeing once. 5/10

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