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Dude Ranch (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | 16 May 1931 (USA)
Chester Carr, owner of a dude ranch in the Rockies, caters to guests seeking the thrill of the Wild West. Among his guests are the wealthy Spruce Meadows and his daughter Susan. But the ... See full summary »


Frank Tuttle


Milton Krims (story), Percy Heath (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Jack Oakie ... Jennifer / Vance Kilroy
Stuart Erwin ... Chester Carr
Eugene Pallette ... Judd / Black Jed
Mitzi Green ... Alice Merridew
June Collyer ... Susan Meadows
Charles Sellon ... Spruce Meadows
Cecil Weston Cecil Weston ... Mrs. Merridew
George Webb ... Burson
Guy Oliver ... Simonson
James Crane ... Blaze Denton


Chester Carr, owner of a dude ranch in the Rockies, caters to guests seeking the thrill of the Wild West. Among his guests are the wealthy Spruce Meadows and his daughter Susan. But the West isn't wild anymore and most of Carr's guests are bored and about to leave. He is in despair when a caravan carrying a broke-down-and-out troupe of actors---Jennifer, Judd, Mrs. Merridew and her daughter, Alice---crashes down the hill and wrecks the hotel sign. Carr offers to board and lodge them free for a week if they can provide enough excitement to keep Meadows and the other guest from leaving. The actors agree. They have the properties and costumes for a Western melodrama,"Vance Kilroy's Revenge", which they proceed to adapt real-life for the occasion. That evening a woman (Mrs. Merridew) rushes into the hotel lounge with her little daughter (Alice), begging to be saved from the whip of her brutal husband Black Jud (Judd). He comes after them with a whip but the heroic Vance Kilroy (Jenifer) ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"Quite the funniest and brainiest satire of American cowboy Wild West stuff I have ever seen" (London Sunday Times Critic - Original UK poster)


Comedy | Western








Release Date:

16 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Round-Up See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Tries Too Hard
14 August 2016 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Stu Erwin is the manager of a financially strapped Dude Ranch. Jack Oakie's acting troupe happens by, and they are in the same predicament. They agree to work for food, and stage a drama which is meant to be a real life drama for the clientele, who are bored due to lack of excitement. As the phony drama unfolds, the guests are spellbound and decide to stay for a while longer. At the same time a group of gangsters checks in. They are planning to rob a local bank but try to blend in with the guests.

Predictable hi-jinks ensue, all too tiresome to recount. The movie tries too hard to please, and so does Jack Oakie. The result is a painful comedy which is mercifully short at 71 minutes - but seems longer. It is staggering to see both Mankeiwicz brothers listed as writers for this picture. At best it is a harmless way to spend one's time, and it has its moments. A young June Collyer is the female lead and resembles Mary Astor. Played at Capitolfest, Rome, N.Y., 8/12/16.

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