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The Big Sombrero (1949)

 -  Western  -  19 April 1949 (USA)
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Gene is hired to be foreman of the Big Sombrero ranch by Jim Garland, who is handling all the business affairs of the owner, Estrellita Estrada, who is more interested in going to America ... See full summary »

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Champion ...
Gene's Horse
Elena Verdugo ...
Estrellita Estrada
Stephen Dunne ...
Jimmy Garland
George J. Lewis ...
Juan Vazcaro
Vera Marshe ...
Angie Burke
William Edmunds ...
Don Luis Alvarado
Martin Garralaga ...
Felipe Gonzales
Gene Roth ...
Ben McBride (as Gene Stutenroth)
Neyle Morrow ...
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Gene is hired to be foreman of the Big Sombrero ranch by Jim Garland, who is handling all the business affairs of the owner, Estrellita Estrada, who is more interested in going to America than taking care of her Mexican holdings. Gene, discovering Garland's plan to run all the Mexican rancheros off the ranch, turns against his boss and shortly finds himself in the middle of cattle stampedes and an avalanche started by Garland's men. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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19 April 1949 (USA)  »

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Estrellita Estrada: And all that you see is Estrada land - the Big Sombrero.
Gene Autry: Where's the end of it?
Estrellita Estrada: Oh, it's not in sight. There's a saying of my people that when you can look to the four corners and see only your own land, then you can truthfully say, "I have a rancho."
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You Belong To My Heart
Written by Agustín Lara and Ray Gilbert
Sung by Gene Autry
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One of the few opportunities to see Gene Autry in color
7 August 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Gene Autry only made two movies in color and this is one of them, sort of a cheap-looking process known as cine color that actually takes away rather than adds to the total effect of this south of the border western. If Edison Et Al had had the technology to make the first movies in color then possibly we wouldn't know anything about black and white films. But since few movies were made in color until the 1950's because of the expense involved we have grown used to seeing the old Saturday matinée cowboy shoot 'em ups in black and white. Seeing the few that exist in color somehow causes the viewer to lose interest while watching. With a big budget John Ford was able to make color work for the classic "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," but this was not true for the B films of the day.

There is another problem with this Gene Autry western. Where is the comical sidekick? There is a lame attempt to provide a Mexican stand-in, but he is no Cisco Kid's Pancho or Tim Holt's Chito. I kept looking for a Smiley, a Pat Buttram, or a Pokie. Though Smiley is not present one of his songs is sung by Gene. Smiley, who was one of the most talented songwriters of his day, would sometimes sell his songs to Gene, but Gene would go ahead and put Smiley's name on the music with his, so it would be a 50/50 deal. There is an unintentionally funny opening. Gene is strumming his guitar and singing a love song to what appears to be a man behind a counter smoking a cigarette. No woman is present. It turns out that Gene is showing the guy how good his guitar sounds because he is pawning it for gas money.

There is a good performance by Estrellita Estrada. I don't recall seeing her in other films. I read that she was typecast to playing senorita-type roles and ultimately retired from the cinema.

The action is so-so and overall the film is not as good as many of Gene's earlier ones, still worthwhile for his many fans.


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