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Cliff Edwards and His Buckaroos (1941)

Cliff Edwards and his musical cowhands run a dude ranch that isn't doing too well. When they hear a few easterners are coming out, they spruce up everything to make a good impression. When ... See full summary »

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Cliff - Ranch Hand
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Cliff Edwards and his musical cowhands run a dude ranch that isn't doing too well. When they hear a few easterners are coming out, they spruce up everything to make a good impression. When a pretty girl arrives, Cliff and his boys serenade her, and Cliff thinks he has finally met an heiress. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Western | Short | Music

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8 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Melody Masters (1940-1941 season) #6: Cliff Edwards and His Buckaroos  »

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Vitaphone production reel #26A. See more »

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Give Me a Song of the Plains
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Cliff Edwards and his band
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Hear a cricket sing country western songs!
28 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the later Vitaphone shorts--known as a "Melody Master". These later musical shorts generally were more straight forward and had simpler sets and no real story to tie it all together--just a famous band of the day doing their stuff.

This short features Cliff Edwards and his band. Although Cliff isn't a name people would recognize today, he was quite famous as the first voice for Disney's Jiminy Cricket--a job taken over after Edwards' death by Hal Smith ('Otis the Drunk' from "The Andy Griffith Show").

Unlike most of the shorts in the set, this one isn't really Swing, Jazz or Big Band--at least not as obviously. Instead, Edwards and his gang play and sing country western ditties--the sort you might expect to hear in a Gene Autry or Roy Rogers film. I was surprised that I actually liked this and found it to be a nice change from the norm for this series. Edwards' voice was very pleasant and seeing them on on what looks like a dude ranch dressed in VERY Hollywood-like western outfits was cute. All in all, one of the better films and one that's worth seeing and hearing--especially since the songs do sound as if they are being sung by the cricket since Edwards' real voice is exactly that of his alter-ego.


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