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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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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 »
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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Conflicting Talents..., 10 February 2010
Author: xerses13 from United States

Take your #1 Box Office Star of Republic Pictures, GENE AUTRY the 'Singing Cowboy' sensation. Now insert a love interest in a very young ANN MILLER, 'Tops In Taps'. Support GENE with comedic side-kicks JIMMY DURANTE and GEORGE 'Gabby' HAYES with character actors like JEROME COWAN. Garner in a opposition more suitable too a Warner Brothers (WB) gangster film, like BARTON MacLANE, JOE SAWYER and HORACE McMAHON. Then add in the typical mixture of GENE singing and two-fisted Republic action and you have MELODY RANCH (1940).

The plot is typical of a AUTRY film. Set in a West that is a cross-breed of 1890 and 1940. GENE needs to promote his Radio career, bring 'law and order' to a town gone wrong and win the girl. This is effectively done in 84" which is rather longer then the typical Republic 'oater' of the time. The interesting thing is while GENE and the rest act like this is part of the 'Old West', MacLANE, SAWYER and McMAHON perform as if they are working with CAGNEY in N.Y.C. circa 1936 at the WB.

The better AUTRY's as well as the ROY ROGERS films are generally a good watch most coming in at a IMDb Six******Stars. They are entertaining and both Stars will easily transition to the new medium Television. Not surprising, since Republic's economy and speed of production was well suited as a training ground for T.V.

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