The small church, pastored by Ted Burke, in a western town is struggling to stay alive as all the men gather at Jack Higgins' Mustang Saloon every Sunday. Burke decides to ask Higgins to ... See full summary »
The small church, pastored by Ted Burke, in a western town is struggling to stay alive as all the men gather at Jack Higgins' Mustang Saloon every Sunday. Burke decides to ask Higgins to close his business on Sunday, but Higgins only concern is to find a baritone to sing in the saloon's quartet, and has his henchies toss Ted out into the street. Ted decides to fight fire with fire, so he gathers up the down-and-out vaudeville act of Chase & Chase (who don't take long to show why they are down and out) and knife-thrower Steve Clemente, and a dozen or so western musicians from Gower Gulch as the before-the-sermon at his tabernacle. Higgins sends his rowdies over to bust up the Sunday morning competition. Written by
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In the original 1936 credits, Linda Perry was billed second, and Jane Wyman third. For the 1948-1949 re-release, seen today on Turner Classic Movies, new title credits were designed, Jane Wyman was moved up to second place, and a 1948 copyright was displayed. See more »
Effective and highly entertaining musical short from Warner benefits from the use of Technicolor as well as its nice cast. The film deals with a Pastor (Dick Foran) who can't get people into church because they're at the local bar where they can play cards and see various musical acts. The pastor decides to fight fire with fire by hiring a few music acts for his church. I wasn't sure what to expect with this thing but I've always enjoyed watching Foran and he's in fine form here as the tough as nails pastor with a great voice. Foran is a lot of fun in the film as is a young Jane Wyman and horror fans even get to see a young Glenn Strange who of course is best known for playing Frankenstein's monster in the last three Universal films of their famous series. It's also funny seeing him credited at Glen "Peewee" Strange. The music is very good, the performances fun and the Technicolor adds a lot to the film. This was certainly a nice little gem well worth checking out the next time it's on TCM.
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