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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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OUTLAWS FEAR HIM...SENORITAS CHEER HIM...when Gene streaks into action! See more »

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19 April 1949 (USA)  »

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$575,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Gene Autry: It might get a little rough.
Luis Alvarado: You think because my bones are old, I have no stomach for danger?
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My Adobe Hacienda
Written by Louise Massey and Lee Penny
Sung by Gene Autry
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Fudging the Matinée Mold
22 October 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Gene's got Columbia studio backing here, which means a bigger budget than usual. In fact the 80-minutes run-time, including Technicolor and good production values, puts this feature in a B-western category instead of Gene's usual matinée format.

The plot's more complex than usual, with Gene switching sides in a struggle over ranchero land in Mexico. At first, he's unknowingly on the side of the baddies until he finds out the true score. Then too, catch the climax with the guy just driving off (without my telling too much)—very unusual for Gene's movies. So, all in all, you can see Columbia was trying to stretch the matinée formula.

Not much fast shooting, but some good hard riding. Highlights include, an impressive cattle herd, lots of colorful desert scenery, and Gene warbling the catchy 'My Adobe Hacienda'. But most of all, a really spirited Elena Verdugo as Senorita Estelita who pretty much steals the show, unlike most matinée leading ladies. Anyway, it's not among Gene's best, but does have more than its share of compensations.


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