Petty Officer Tom Garrison (Tom Seidel)of the Merchant Marines returns on shore leave to his cattle ranch, and brings with him shipmates "Stubby" (Eddie Quillan),"Slugger" (Murray Alper),"... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Andrews ...
Maxene Andrews ...
Laverne Andrews ...
Louise Ferguson
Tom Seidel ...
Tom Garrison
Punchy Carter
Stubby Lamont
Chatita Tovar ...
Child Dancer
Mitchell Ayres ...
Himself (as Mitch Ayres)


Petty Officer Tom Garrison (Tom Seidel)of the Merchant Marines returns on shore leave to his cattle ranch, and brings with him shipmates "Stubby" (Eddie Quillan),"Slugger" (Murray Alper),"Punchy" (Shemp Howard), and "Lucky" (Tom Kennedy). At the ranch, Tom finds that because of WWII manpower shortage, women have taken over operating the ranch. Heading the cowgirls are Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Laverne Andrews, Lou Ferguson (Elyse Knox) and Abigail (Minerva Urecal). Lou tells Tom that a large number of cattle have been mysteriously disappearing, and they decide to hire neighboring rancher Pasqualito (Leo Carrillo), who makes claims to being a great detective, and his assistant, Ogala (Frank Lackteen), an Indian. Tom's cattle show up on Pasqualito's ranchero, but he has an excuse. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

8 September 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cactus Round-Up  »

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1.37 : 1
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Mediocre western musical with feminist view to make it a bit more interesting.
20 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A group of cowgirls (lead by the Marjorie Main-like Minerva Urecal) run a dude ranch while its owner is off in the navy, and when he comes home, he is stunned to discover what's been going on in his absence. Of course, romance ensues with one (Elyse Knox), an alleged cow thief (Leo Carrillo) stirs up trouble, and the Andrews Sisters sing. There's one very funny moment when one of the Andrews Sisters sings while Shemp Howard pretends to be her in drag in order to get a document from another one of the men. Another funny gag involves magnetic horse shoes that turn into boomerangs thanks to an electrical contraption.

Some of the comedy though is rather forced, but when the Andrews Sisters sing (especially "The Happy Hand-Clapping Song"), all that is forgotten. A few of Carrillo's malapropisms are creative, and the presence of "Stooge" Shemp Howard is always certain to add amusement. Tom Kennedy, brother of slow-burning Edgar, is funny as a supposedly tough guy who gets teary eyed when the Andrews Sisters break into a chorus of "Down in the Valley". Tom Seidel seems rather bland in comparison with all of the comic talent supporting the sisters.

It's obvious that with the war seemingly wrapping up that the Andrews sisters days as movie headliners was wrapping up, and then Universal studios was determined to get as much out of them as they could. Other than a few guest appearances on T.V., they would head into obscurity until two of them reunited for the Broadway musical "Over Here!" If this movie did accomplish something, it was pointing out the fact that women were just as capable of doing men's jobs while they were gone, and this would create another war, that being one of a "domestic" kind.

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