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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)
Foxy Callahan ... 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 ... Russ (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Hiram Pritchard (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... County Attorney Sanders (uncredited)
Lee Moore ... Bert (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Crewman (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... 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
Foxy Callahan .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll .... 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?

This was the first movie Gene Autry made in which his character name was not Gene.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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Gene Meets 20th Century Fox, 27 February 2009
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Calling this an Autry Western is a bit of a stretch. Gene's in it, but his part is overshadowed by an over-emoting Jane Withers whose boisterous personality is, I think, a matter of taste. Then too, you may need a score card to keep up with the meandering plot that mixes a family feud with a town's survival with a love triangle with a movie shoot, and finally with real bank robbers. If this sounds complicated, it is, but despite the mix, the results are still pretty entertaining. The opening Autry-Withers duet "Wanderers" is delightful. Too bad we don't see more of Charles Middleton (Flash Gordon's Ming the Merciless) whose graveyard voice and Grim Reaper looks always made me cover my little-kid eyes back in matinée days.

This was a big studio production, Twentieth-Century Fox, which probably accounts for the odd mix, especially a cast that includes familiar Western types like Tom London and Eddie Acuff, but also city dudes like Jack Carson and Robert Lowery. For viewers interested in seeing how horse operas were filmed, this is an opportunity. Carson plays a fast-talking movie producer come to town to shoot an oater based on the town's most famous cowboy citizen. The behind-the-scenes look is fascinating and I'm sure the crew got a kick out of filming "a movie within a movie". But there's not much hard riding or fast shooting, so for fans of more conventional B-Westerns, this one may be a "skip it".

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