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The Hills of Utah (1951)

Passed | | Western | 30 September 1951 (USA)
New town doctor Gene has lots to do because there's a war going on between the cattle ranchers and the copper miners.

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Champ (as Champion World's Wonder Horse)
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Karen McQueen
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Nola French
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Jayda McQueen
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Bowie French
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Washoe
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Henchman Evan Fox
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Henchman Indigo Hubbard
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Dusty Cosgrove
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Doctor Gene Autry returns as a "doctor on horseback" to the frontier town in Utah where his father was killed and finds a feud raging between mine owner Jayda McQueen and cattleman Bowie French. Gene's only friend in town is "Dusty" Cosgrove. Gene answers a summons by Karen McQueen to treat her younger brother, but the boy unexpectedly dies and McQueen comes gunning for Gene, who is saved by French's timely intervention. When one of French's gunmen is shot down by a miner, the ranch hands attack the mine and Gene aids the McQueen forces. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GENE'S A DOCTOR ON HORSEBACK! He's packing pills and pistols now!...in Coffin Gap, where a killing a day keeps all other doctors away! See more »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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[when the ranchers attacks the miners, mailman Dusty Cosgrove is caught in the crossfire]
Dusty Cosgrove: Here's one special delivery!
[Dusty shoots a charging ranch hand]
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Utah
Written by Tex Atchison and Billy Weber
Sung by Gene Autry
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Dawdles a Bit Until the End
5 November 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Gene gets caught up in a feud between miners and ranchers, one of whom may have killed his father.

The programmer is not among Gene's best, though it is generously produced by Autry Productions. This was a time (1951) when TV was beginning to eat into theatre audiences. So it looks like Gene was looking to modify his long-successful movie mold.

Here, for example, he's not only a good guy with a gun and horse, but a doctor as well. Note too, that the humor with sidekick Buttram is played down more than usual. Also, Gene works in only one tune, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, a delightful rendition, but not exactly a good trail song. Then too, the final shootout is also unusual since Gene is not the main focus; plus the showdown takes place in an elaborate mine tunnel instead of in town or out in the open. The tunnel itself is an impressive set for a horse opera, and I'm not sure whether Gene borrowed it or built it. Either way it's an eye-catcher.

My only complaint is that the movie tends to dawdle until the final sequence. There's some hard riding, but the countryside alternates between the scrubby LA area and the scenic Alabama Hills in not very well blended fashion. Anyway, the movie should please Gene's many fans, myself included.


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