Up 16,956 this week

Heart of the Rio Grande (1942)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  11 March 1942 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 61 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

Gene and Smiley help an all-too-proper girl Connie in her attempt to run a cattle ranch.



(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2524 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
a list of 713 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
a list of 2000 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
list image
a list of 3572 titles
created 20 Oct 2013
a list of 59 titles
created 23 Feb 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Heart of the Rio Grande (1942)

Heart of the Rio Grande (1942) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Heart of the Rio Grande.




Complete credited cast:
Smiley Burnette ...
Edith Fellows ...
Connie Lane
Pierre Watkin ...
Randolph Lane (as Pierre Watkins)
Joe Strauch Jr. ...
Tadpole Millhouse
William Haade ...
Hap Callahan
Sarah Padden ...
Skipper Forbes
Jean Porter ...
Jimmy Wakely Trio ...
Singing Ranch Hands


As foreman of a dude ranch, Gene has two problems. One is a guest, the spoiled daughter of a millioniare, and the other is the disgruntled ex-foreman that Gene replaced, now just a ranch hand. Gene eventually gets the daughter straightened out but has to fire the ex-foreman and this leads to trouble when he returns intent on revenge. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A STAMPEDE OF ACTION AND SONG! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 March 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deep in the Heart of Texas  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »


A Rumble Seat For Two
Written by Johnny Marvin and Frankie Marvin
Sung by Smiley Burnette
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

More of a musical than a western
12 February 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This Gene Autry outing is more like a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney musical than a western. (Too bad Judy and Mickey weren't in the show.) There's not only singing but also a bit of dancing. Two of the songs have become standards, "Deep in the Heart of Texas," which serves as the theme and was the working title for the film, and Johnny Bond's "Cimarron" (Johnny Bond appears in the film as a member of the Jimmy Wakely Trio). Jimmy Wakely went on to star in his own shoot-'em-ups. He later teamed with pop singer Margaret Whiting to have a number one hit with the Floyd Tillman classic "Slipping Around," one of the first country pop songs to deal in an honest manner with adultery.

The story is not much, involving a spoiled rich girl who goes west to a dude ranch and is horse broken by Gene and his cowhands. Her father flies west to take his daughter away from what he considers to be a cruel, harsh environment only to rediscover himself and his daughter. In the meantime Gene has all kinds of trouble with an ornery galoot who once was the foreman.

Frog Millhouse is around for laughs as is his clone Tadpole. Tadpole looks and acts like a young Frog and is just about as humorless. This go around Frog does have a few funny lines to deliver. I'm not sure exactly what the relationship was supposed to be between Frog and Tad. Since Frog was unmarried, perhaps Tad was adopted or taken in by his older lookalike. They did relate well to each other on the screen but there's still not much to laugh about beyond their looks. Frog's real talents, his music and his songwriting, do get showcased and that's a plus for the movie.

Gene Autry fans should like this one, especially those who love his music. Others may find it a bit tedious.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Heart of the Rio Grande (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: