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Sagebrush Troubadour (1935)

Ranger Gene and sidekick Frog trail a murderer, with time out for lots of songs.


Joseph Kane


Oliver Drake (screen play), Joseph F. Poland (screen play) (as Joseph Poland) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Barbara Pepper ... Joan Martin
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Champion ... Champ
Fred Kelsey ... Hank Polk
J. Frank Glendon ... John Martin (as Frank Glendon)
Hooper Atchley ... Henry Nolan
Julian Rivero ... Pablo
Dennis Moore ... Lon Dillon (as Denny Meadows)


Before he was murdered Grandpa Martin found a gold mine. He failed to record it and now everyone is looking for Martin's old horse that can lead them to it. When Autry arrives to investigate, he is accused of the murder and finds the Sheriff after him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

2 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Trovadores See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was hurriedly completed for showing at an exhibitor's convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, held during the week of 12 November 1935. See more »


Remade as The Blocked Trail (1943) See more »


My Prayer for Tonight
(1935) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Smiley Burnette
Performed by the party guests
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A nice Western whodunit
13 October 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This was an enjoyable Western romp in the best Gene Autry tradition – nice and wholesome family fare back then, sadly probably too much so (apart from one bit) for today's deviant tastes.

Plot has it that Gene and Smiley are hunting for the murderer of an old rancher, the clues being that he was strangled with a guitar string, and a rather downbeat horse the man had owned that Gene is returning. This horse is the subject of intense bidding from what turns out to be four baddies, trumpeting to Gene and the audience that this horse is somewhat special and has a secret they ought to uncover. He first meets the old man's granddaughter by ticking her off and spanking her soundly, but afterwards her admiration of him grows by leaps and bounds - the moral being of course she knew that she had acted foolishly previously and not that she enjoyed it! A large part is played at the Masque, where Gene and Smiley are disguised to watch the party-goers for further clues, Smiley being a dead-ringer for the baddie (!) Fred Kelsey. There were some very good songs especially the wistful End Of The Trail, and I'd Love A Home In The Mountains at a tense moment.

Nothing heavy and none of life's hard lessons are to be learned here, but great stuff for the cognoscenti who still appreciate decent middlebrow entertainment.

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