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Passed | | Action, Comedy, Music | 16 November 1936 (USA)
At the Texas Centennial in Dallas Autry confuses two girls by being himself and his own stunt double.

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Toodles Brown
William Newell ...
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Ventriloquist
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Swartz - Studio Head
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The Jones Boys ...
Singers (as Jones Boys)
The Beverly Hillbillies ...
Musicians (as Beverly Hill Billies)
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Musicians (as Light Crust Dough Boys)
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Champion - Studio Horse
Rex King ...
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Tony Rico
Mary Russell ...
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When cowboy star Tom Ford disappears, Wilson gets his double Gene Autry to impersonate him. But Ford owes gangster Rico $10,000 and Rico arrives to collect. He fails to get the money but learns that Autry is an impersonator and now blackmails Wilson and his movie studio. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!


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(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

The Light Crust Doughboys and The Jones Boys appear in the credits, but do not appear in the shortened (54 minutes) version, but along with some additional action they appear in the original (71 minutes) movie. See more »

Quotes

Gene Autry: I don't mind being run over in stampedes, falling off cliffs, or fighting wild animals; but when a bunch of women tear my clothes off, I quit!
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Soundtracks

Ole Faithful
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Michael Carr and Hamilton Kennedy
Performed by Gene Autry
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Enjoyable B-Western With the Likable Gene Autry
14 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The likable Gene Autry plays a dual role and has some good opportunities to use his variety of talents in this enjoyable B-Western. The story is light but entertaining, and it has some good musical numbers plus some comic relief from Smiley Burnette. The Texas Centennial setting also gives it some additional historical interest.

Autry plays both a bad-tempered movie star cowboy and his talented, good-natured stunt double, so the setup offers some good lighter moments in its look at the movie industry. The story starts with the stunt double filling in for the star at a public appearance, with numerous complications arising from there. Autry gets many opportunities to sing, and there are also some good action sequences.

Most of it works pretty well, because it generally allows Autry to use his strengths. Burnette also gets some good moments, and while the story is mostly used to showcase Autry and the other musical entertainment, it works too as a way of pulling things together.


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