This 1944 film is a song and comedy revue, featuring talents of the day. Nominal plot involves theatrical troupe taking their vacation on the Lazy B Ranch run by Steve Bradley (Charles ... See full synopsis »



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Cast overview:
Connie Gray
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
Tex Coulter
Spud Harrigan (as Guinn [Big Boy] Williams)
The Mills Brothers ...
Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys and Girls ...
Singing Group
Jimmy Wakely and His Saddle Pals ...
Singing Group
Professor Merlin
Tailor Maids ...
Singers (as The Tailor Maids)
Bill Hughes ...
Bill Hughes
Buck Chickie and Buck ...
Whip Act


This 1944 film is a song and comedy revue, featuring talents of the day. Nominal plot involves theatrical troupe taking their vacation on the Lazy B Ranch run by Steve Bradley (Charles Starrett)... See full synopsis »

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Music | War | Western


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Release Date:

8 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cantina dos Vaqueiros  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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On September 1st, 1943, columnist Sheila Graham announced the casting of Shirley Ross, marking Ross' first film appearance in over two years. Less than two weeks later, Ross was forced to withdraw due to illness; she was replaced by Jane Frazee. It was another two years before Ross' next and final film role. See more »


Tex Coulter: Vera, what are you gonna do tonight?
Vera Vague: Nothing, you dear boy. I'll meet you right after the show.
Tex Coulter: [laughing] No, no, you don't get me. I mean, uh, what's your specialty?
Vera Vague: Men - eighteen to forty-five, and no dependents.
Tex Coulter: What I'm tryin' to ask is, are you gonna sing, or dance, or can you tell a joke?
Vera Vague: Certainly. I recognized you the moment you came out!
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Western musical revue
13 July 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Two cowboy heroes Charles 'The Durango Kid' Starrett and Tex Ritter who is among the acts as well vie for the affections of Jane Frazee in Cowboy Canteen. There's very little western in this western other than cowboy clothes. All this is film's story does is allow for a dozen or so performers to do their shtick.

Frazee and Barbara Jo Allen better known as Vera Vague of the Bob Hope Show are part of a theatrical troupe that is taking over the ranch of Starrett while he and his foreman Guinn Williams go to war.

Besides doing the male ranch jobs, Frazee and Allen decide to keep their entertainment skills honed by turning the barn into a theater and putting on a show for the men in uniform. I think you see where this is going.

Nothing special, but the acts are good and Frazee winds up with one of them.

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