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Moonlight on the Prairie (1935)

Ace returns to the town where he is suspected of murder. He quickly become involved in the scheme to keep Barbara Roberts from reaching her ranch. To inherit the ranch she must reach it by ... See full summary »


D. Ross Lederman


William Jacobs (based on story by), William Jacobs (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ... Ace Andrews (as Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy)
Smoke Smoke ... Smokey
Sheila Bromley ... Barbara Roberts (as Sheila Mannors)
George E. Stone ... 'Small-Change' Zeno
Joe Sawyer ... Luke Thomas
Joe King ... The Sheriff (as Joseph King)
Robert Barrat ... Buck Cantrell
Dickie Jones ... Dickie Roberts
Bill Elliott ... Jeff Holt (as Gordon Elliott)
Herbert Heywood Herbert Heywood ... Pop Powell
Raymond Brown Raymond Brown ... Lafe Burns
Richard Carle ... Colonel Gowdy
Milton Kibbee ... Pete (as Milt Kibbee)


Ace returns to the town where he is suspected of murder. He quickly become involved in the scheme to keep Barbara Roberts from reaching her ranch. To inherit the ranch she must reach it by midnight. Ace agrees to get her there knowing she is the widow of the man he supposedly killed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

2 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1000 vilde Heste See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the story "Boss of the Bar B Ranch", by William Jacobs. See more »


Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »


Covered Wagon Days
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Joan Jasmyn
Sung by Dick Foran
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The Widow Gets Her Inheritance
22 July 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Moonlight On The Prarie marked the debut of Dick Foran as Warner Brothers singing cowboy, their answer to Republic and Gene Autry. Foran had a really nice singing voice and I always thought he should have done more musicals, his tenor was far more suitable to those roles. In fact he eventually did star on Broadway in a revival of A Connecticut Yankee.

In this film Foran is accused of murder and we meet him performing in a wild west show as he is a fugitive on said charge. But when he hears of the widow of the deceased Sheila Bromley going to claim her inheritance with son Dick Jones, Foran and sidekick go back to clear his name and set things right for her. The sidekick was George E. Stone who is clearly more suitable to urban type films.

A couple of real bottom feeding villains in Robert Barrat and Joe Sawyer are the folks responsible and of course they're brought to justice. Another cowboy hero to be, Wild Bill Elliott, has a small role as another friend of Foran's.

Foran sings the title song and the much better known Covered Wagon Days and does them well. The plot is a little silly however, especially when Dick Jones almost turns the tables on the good guys by going out to 'help'.

Not a bad film and certainly better than the B westerns coming from poverty row outfits, still could have used a little improvement.

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