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Songs and Saddles (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Music | 1 June 1938 (USA)
Standard oater with a plot line of a local schemer and his henchies trying to beat an old rancher out of his unknown-to-him valuable property, which sets where a new highway is going to be ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Harry Fraser)

Writers:

(original story) (as Arthur Borris), (screenplay) (as Wayne Carter)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lynne Berkeley ...
Carol Turner
Henry Roquemore ...
Jed Hill - Lawyer
Walter Wills ...
Pop Turner
Ted Claire ...
Mark Bower
Joan Brooks ...
Lucy
Karl Hackett ...
George Morrow
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Lewis Sheppard - aka Falcon
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Rocky Renaut
Candy Hall ...
Slim (as Russ Hall)
Coco Heimel ...
Porky (as Otto Heimel)
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Sheriff John Lawton
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Sparks - Henchman
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Klinker - Henchman
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Judge Harrison
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Storyline

Standard oater with a plot line of a local schemer and his henchies trying to beat an old rancher out of his unknown-to-him valuable property, which sets where a new highway is going to be built. Well, maybe not so standard, since it was usually a railroad that was planned. The producers (Max and Arthur Alexander) and Associate Producer (their cousin Alfred Stern)didn't make this on a budget that allowed for rental of ties, tracks and locomotives, so opted for highway construction and having to only rent a Caterpillar tractor for the construction scene. The fictional Gene Austin (played by the real Gene Austin) is the fictional foster son of a fictional rancher and comes to the fictional Sage City to lend a hand against the baddies. Austin (aided by Coco & Candy, whose character names aren't Coco and Candy in the film)plays the piano and sings five songs he wrote---"Song of the Saddle"; "I'm Coming Home"; "I Fell Down and Broke My Heart (in Two)"; "Why Can't I Be Your Sweetheart, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Now See And Hear Him! America's Song Stylist with his Assisting Artists ON THE SCREEN! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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1 June 1938 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS 3 July 1940. Post WWII televiewers got their first look at it Wednesday 24 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

Soundtracks

Why Can't I Be Your Sweetheart Tonight?
Written by Gene Austin
Sung by Gene Austin to Lynne Berkeley
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Bland.
31 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1930s, Gene Austin was a reasonably popular radio cowboy known for his crooning. However, his attempt to become a film star resulted in only a few films and few today would even recognize his name.

On the film's behalf, I must be honest and say that the version I downloaded from archive.org was clipped. In other words, during the early days of TV, stations would often cut portions of the films to make them fit a one hour time slot (along with commercials). This one is slightly clipped and perhaps it might have been marginally better in its original form...marginally.

The plot involves the usual--baddies who want to cheat westerners out of their land. The nasty banker and his henchmen trying to cheat honest land owners must have resonated well because of the Depression. However, the total effort is listless and not particularly good. And, perhaps my score of 3 is a bit overly generous at that!


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