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Rancho Grande (1940)

Passed | | Western | 22 March 1940 (USA)
Kay and her eastern clan go out West to run the ranch left her by her grandfather. Badguys are out to ruin the ranch's irrigation system, so Autry lends a hand.



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Complete credited cast:
June Storey ...
Mary Lee ...
Patsy Dodge
Dick Hogan ...
Tom Dodge
Ellen Lowe ...
Effie Tinker (as Ellen E. Lowe)
Ferris Taylor ...
Emery Benson
Joe De Stefani ...
Jose (as Joseph De Stefani)
Ranch Hand
Henchman Joe
Ann Baldwin ...
Susan Putnam
Pals of the Golden West ...
Musicians (as The Pals of the Golden West)
Boys' Choir of St. Joseph's School ...
Church Choir (as The Boys' Choir of St. Joseph's School)


This Gene Autry entry was sold to the exhibitors as a "Special" (a term used about once a production season when Republic wanted to charge the exhibitors a higher fee than usual for an Autry film) and finds "Rancho Grande foreman Gene Autry more than a little distressed when he learns that the heirs of the ranch, siblings Kay, Patsy and Tom Dodge, are on their way. The young Dodges have a nation-wide reputation as wild irresponsibles, and Gene already has his hands full trying to save the ranch from foreclosure. Before his death, the late John Dodge had mortgaged the ranch in order to secure funds for a vast irrigation system which must be completed by a certain date or face foreclosure from the Citrus Valley Association. Kay and Tom Dodge show up with intentions of turning the property into a pleasure resort for their eastern society friends, and they are encouraged in this by Dodge family attorney Emory Benson, who also happens to be a heavy stockholder in the Citrus Valley ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alla En El Rancho Grande
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Emilio D. Uranga
Spanish lyrics by Jorge del Moral and Silvano Ramos
English lyrics by Bartley Costello
Sung during the opening credits and played during the end credits
Performed by The Brewer Kids and Gene Autry in Spanish
Sung by Smiley Burnette a cappella
Reprised by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Lee, Pals of the Golden West and ranch hands
Played by the band at the nightclub
Sung by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Lee, Pals of the Golden West,
and ranch hands at the end
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Excellent plot and outstanding cast!
8 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Gene Autry film is about as good as musical westerns get. The songs are beautifully performed by Gene, Mary Lee, and Smiley Burnette. The movie also features a Great performance by June Storey who portrays Kay Dodge.Smiley Burnette and Mary Lee add comedy to the movie in two scenes that you would not want to miss, and the extra musicians pitch in to compliment the musical aspect of the movie in songs like Rancho Grande and The Swing of the Range.

The plot is exciting from star to finish with 68 minutes packed with action and excitement. This movie definitely ranks as one of Gene's best movies along with Melody Ranch, South of the Border, and Whirlwind.

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