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 ...
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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
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Gene Autry goes south of the border down Mexico way in The Big Sombrero. He recorded that song, but you'll not hear it sung in this film which does have a Latin flavored score for him to sing.
Possibly curiosity more than anything else compels Gene Autry to go south to check out an offer tendered him by Steve Dunne who is the Anglo manager of The Big Sombrero ranch. Dunne is a guy he used to know as a carnival barker with a fast line of patter and little character. Turns out Gene knows his man.
It's in Dunne's plans to woo and wed the owner Elena Verdugo and gain control in order to sell the ranch at a big price. First he has to kick off various tenants before his buyer will fork over the money. Of course Gene as a true cowboy hero isn't standing for that.
There's a bit more plot in this film than in a lot of what Autry was doing for Republic and Columbia Pictures even gave this film some color. They also did not give him a sidekick, one of the few Autry films without one.
I did miss Smiley Burnette and Pat Buttram though.
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