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Olive Cooper (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 April 1949 (USA) See more »
OUTLAWS FEAR HIM...SENORITAS CHEER HIM...when Gene streaks into action! See more »
Gene is hired to be foreman of the Big Sombrero ranch by Jim Garland, who is handling all the business affairs of the owner... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
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 ... Tico
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jose Alvarado ... Pedro (uncredited)
George Bell ... Man With Gun (uncredited)
Sam Bernard ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Henchman Stacy (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Ranchero (uncredited)
Robert Espinoza ... Pepe (uncredited)

Lynn Farr ... (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Pablo (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ... Man With Cigar (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Henchman Farmer (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Border Official (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Ranchero (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ... Officer (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Border Official (uncredited)
Charles Soldani ... Ranchero (uncredited)
Tony Urchel ... Ranchero (uncredited)
Rian Valente ... Estaban (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank McDonald 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olive Cooper  original screenplay

Produced by
Armand Schaefer .... producer
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
Joseph Dubin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William Bradford (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Henry Batista 
Art Direction by
Harold H. MacArthur  (as Harold MacArthur)
Set Decoration by
George Montgomery 
Makeup Department
Bob Keats .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Paul Malcolm .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Howard Fogetti .... sound technician (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Goss .... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Murphy .... grip (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
A.G. Williams .... gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Paul Mertz .... music supervisor
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Clifford D. Shank .... supervisor: Cinecolor (as Clifford Shank)
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
82 min
Color (Cinecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the few opportunities to see Gene Autry in color, 7 August 2005
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

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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