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Corralling a Schoolmarm (1940)

In "Corralling a School Marm", the correct title for those who like their film history neat, local rancher/school board president Tom Simpson becomes smittened with the new school marm, ... See full summary »

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Ranch Foreman Ray Whitley
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School Mar'm Alice Lorraine
Lee 'Lasses' White ...
Rancher Owner Tom Simpson
Jane Keckley ...
Martha Bakely
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Cowhand Musician Willie
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Cowhand Musician Frankie
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Cowhand Musician Curley (as Robert 'Curley' Hoag)
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In "Corralling a School Marm", the correct title for those who like their film history neat, local rancher/school board president Tom Simpson becomes smittened with the new school marm, Alice Lorraine, and thinks she is the same with him, which is not a great leap of reality for characters played by Lee "Lasses" White. Neighboring rancher and widow Martha Bakely, who has a bead of her own drawn on Simpson, enlists the aid of Simpson foreman Ray Whitley and his musical cowhands to bring the old coot to his senses, which is a great leap for characters played by Lee "Lasses" White. Three songs and 15 minutes or so later, Simpson and the widder are paired off correctly, as are Whitley and the school marm. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Musical | Western

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19 June 1940 (USA)  »

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Nice mix of comedy and music in this Ray Whitley RKO western short
14 February 2006 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

I was doing some research on the "Cowboy" record label, on which Bill Haley recorded in the late 40's, and as Ray Whitley also recorded for that label, I dug out some of the old Ray Whitley RKO Western musical shorts he made. CORRALLING A SCHOOL MARM is a nice example of the charm of this series. Ray (whose looks remind me of a cross between Rex Lease and Ralph Byrd) has a strong yet happy screen presence, he has a hot band, and his acting is as good as, say, Crash Corrigan's in the Range Busters films (and I LOVE Crash Corrigan, so that's a compliment!). There's even a well-developed plot about a school superintendent (Lee Lasses White, without a hat and bald and very funny)who has a crush on the young schoolmarm (Virginia Vale), who has a crush on Ray. It's amazing how much entertainment (both song and story) gets packed into this short. I could do without the opening scene where the school children sing a song, but it probably went over well with the kids who saw this film theatrically at the time. Director Charles E. Roberts was a regular in the RKO short subjects unit, directing Leon Errol and Edgar Kennedy shorts, and writing some of the classic Lupe Velez "Mexican Spitfire" films. Unless TCM (who own the RKO archive) happens to show one of these and you happen to catch it, our best bet might be that someday Bear Family Records in Germany might want to do a region-free DVD of Ray Whitley shorts. Why not write them and request it? Definitely recommended to the lover of musical b-westerns.


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