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Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935)

Approved | | Western | 5 September 1935 (USA)
After a five year absence Gene returns home to find his father murdered and his boyhood pal accused of the dastardly deed.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Alan Ludwig (story), Ford Beebe (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Smiley
Lucile Browne ... Jerry (as Lucille Browne)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Dr. Parker (as George Hayes)
Norma Taylor Norma Taylor ... Janet Brooks
Edward Hearn ... Barney Craven
Eugene Jackson Eugene Jackson ... Eightball
Jack Rockwell ... McWade
George Chesebro ... Henchman Connors
Frankie Marvin ... Shorty
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Storyline

Traveling with Doc Parker's medicine show, Gene finds his old friend Harry Brooks wounded and the Sheriff after him for murdering his father. Gene also sees that Craven and his gang are looking for Brooks. Finding clues that Craven was behind the murder, Gene has a plan utilizing the medicine show wagon that will trap the gang. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE SCREEN'S NEW SINGING COWBOY STAR (original poster-all caps)

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Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boiadeiro Trovador See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2004 restoration) | (edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This picture was produced and copyrighted by Mascot Pictures in 1935. Its boss, Nat Levine opted to roll it into newly formed Republic Pictures, making it one of the company's first releases. With the creation of Republic, Mascot Pictures folded. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Parker: I proclaim with pride, gentlemen, that we possess the most potent of panaceas for a plague-ridden people, and the most musical minstrels that ever mangled a melody.
Shorty: If you didn't have the latter, you wouldn't sell much of the former!
Dr. Parker: I resent that, sir! It's unbecoming a gentleman, a scholar and a good bassoon player.
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Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine
(1935) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Gene Autry and Jimmy Long
Sung by Gene Autry with Autry and Smiley Burnette on guitar and Eugene Jackson on violin
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'8' on the Matinée Scale
8 October 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Autry's first movie under the banner of Republic is a good one. Catch those great panoramic shots of gangs hard-riding across the flats, taking aim at each other courtesy director Kane. They're real eye-grabbers, unusual for a matinée western. In fact, the 60-minutes is full of imaginative touches like the brawl inside the traveling show wagon, with the losers getting dumped unceremoniously onto the rocky roadway.

And I kept wondering where grizzled old Gabby from the credit crawl was. But there he was, hiding behind a brown mustache, a nice suit, and even a set of false teeth. Yes sir, it's Gabby like I'd never seen before. Plus, Gene's all duded out in cowboy finery of his own, trying to get a bead on whoever murdered his dad, and you just know he will. Even at this early stage he's got an easy way with a song, including the great title tune. And who is that black kid with feet faster than the proverbial flying bullet. Yes indeed, that's quite a medicine show old Gabby puts on. And I love the way he fills his bottles of elixir with muddy water, just the thing to cure everything from a nosebleed to gout.

Anyhow, I think there's a flaw in IMDb's rating system. I'd hate to put this programmer-- good as it is-- up against quality A-pictures. So instead, I give it an '8' on a scale strictly for those great old matinees that are still a lot of harmless fun.


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