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Lou Breslow (original screenplay) and
Owen Francis (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 April 1940 (USA) See more »
YIPPEE! WE'RE TOGETHER! JANE WITHERS - GENE AUTRY Ridin'...singin'...ropin'...shootin'...and singin' some more! See more »
A movie company making a film about a famous sheriff hires his grandson as a stand-in for the lead. The grandson's friend scares the actor out of town so he can get the role. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Withers ... Jane Pritchard

Gene Autry ... Will Carson

Marjorie Weaver ... Marjorie Pritchard
Frank M. Thomas ... Calvin Pritchard

Robert Lowery ... Bob Merritt

Kay Aldridge ... Evelyn Trent (as Katharine Aldridge)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Clem Perkle

Jack Carson ... Gabby Cross
Hamilton MacFadden ... J. Wallace Rutledge

Charles Middleton ... Hod Carson

Ed Brady ... Mort Carson

Tom London ... Eph Carson
Eddie Acuff ... Andy Carson
Pat O'Malley ... Sam Pritchard
George Chandler ... Charles Pritchard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bose ... Townsman (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bob Card ... Dave Pritchard (uncredited)
Jess Cavin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Champion ... Champion (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Man Getting a Shave (uncredited)

Tex Driscoll ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Rufe Pritchard (uncredited)
Dick French ... Movie Crewman with Fake Money (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... 3rd Crook (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Townsman (uncredited)

Johnny Luther ... Townsman (uncredited)

LeRoy Mason ... Bank Robber Russ (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Hiram Pritchard (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... County Attorney Sanders (uncredited)
Lee Moore ... Bank Robber Bert (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Crewman (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Fox O'Callahan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pascale Perry ... Townsman (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Russell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ... Townsman (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Georgia Simmons ... Aggie (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Surveyor McCormick (uncredited)
Herman Willingham ... Townsman (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Townsman (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
Writing credits
Lou Breslow (original screenplay) and
Owen Francis (original screenplay)

Harry Akst  contributing writer (uncredited)
Joseph Hoffman  contributing writer (uncredited)
Frances Hyland  contributing writer (uncredited)
Lester Ziffren  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
John Stone .... associate producer
Sol M. Wurtzel .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Samuel Kaylin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nick DeMaggio 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Richard Day 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Helen A. Myron (costumes)
Production Management
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Charles Hall .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
William H. Anderson .... sound
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Frank McCarroll .... stunts (uncredited)
Fox O'Callahan .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director
Gene Rose .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dances staged by (uncredited)
Herbert Farjeon .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Geneva Sawyer .... dances staged by (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5934) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The original script had Autry kissing Marjorie Weaver at the end, but that ending was dropped when his fans objected.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Pat O'Malley is credited as "Sam Pritchard" in the end credits, but he's only called Lem Pritchard.See more »
[first lines]
[Jane brings flowers to Wild Bill Carson's grave]
Jane Pritchard:Gosh, I wish I'da known Wild Bill.
Will Carson:You know, Janey, you're the first and only Pritchard to honor Granddad.
Jane Pritchard:Oh, why shouldn't I - he deserves it. Besides, I think it's just about time all this feuding stopped... and you could stop it if you were only half the man your Granddad was!
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The great Carson/Pritchard feud, 15 December 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'm sure Herbert J. Yates of Republic Pictures got a bundle for Gene Autry's services over at 20th Century Fox to co-star with Jane Withers in Shooting High. How he felt about being billed second to Jane is another story, but after all 20th Century Fox was her home studio.

Jane's the little sister of Marjorie Weaver who Gene is romancing. But the problem is that Gene's a Carson and Weaver and Withers are Pritchards. The Carsons and the Pritchards have been feuding for generations and that fact keeps the two lovers apart.

Gene's grandfather was a fighting lawman of the old west and a film company comes to town wanting to film a story about Grandpa. It will star Robert Lowery and Kay Aldridge and will bring a short wave of prosperity to the area.

It won't do me any good to continue, but things do work for the young people in the end as they inevitably do.

Things do get a bit silly here. Autry does well simply being Gene Autry at another studio. Withers plays a Miss Fix-It in a way to rival Deanna Durbin without singing a note. Jack Carson as the fast talking studio agent really stands out in the film. Saying Carson is fast talking is almost a redundancy.

A real bank robbery is worked into the plot giving Gene a chance to be a real hero. Shooting High is an amusing film and no doubt did well in the red state market.

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