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Song of the Saddle (1936)

Frank Sr. sells his supplies to Hook, but then Hook has the Bannion Boys bushwhack his wagon to get the money back. Frank is murdered, but Junior gets away. He comes back 10 years later to ... See full summary »

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Louis King

Writers:

William Jacobs (story), William Jacobs (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Foran ... Frank Wilson Jr. aka The Singing Kid
Alma Lloyd ... Jen Coburn
Charles Middleton ... Phineas Hook
Addison Richards ... Frank Wilson Sr.
Eddie Shubert ... Jake Bannion
Monte Montague ... Simon Bannion
Victor Potel ... Little Casino
Kenneth Harlan ... Marshal Bill Graves
George Ernest ... Little Frankie
Pat West Pat West ... Curley
Jim Farley ... Tom Coburn (as James Farley)
Julian Rivero ... José
Bonita Granville ... Jen as a Child
Myrtle Stedman ... Mrs. Coburn (as Myrtle Steadman)
William Desmond ... Stage Driver Tim
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Storyline

Frank Sr. sells his supplies to Hook, but then Hook has the Bannion Boys bushwhack his wagon to get the money back. Frank is murdered, but Junior gets away. He comes back 10 years later to settle the score as the Singing Cowboy. He finds that Hook is still doing his dirty deeds on the unsuspecting people. Along the way, Frank meets the lovely Jen, who came out in the same wagon train 10 years before. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Second of the NEW Warner Westerns See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destino Vingador See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where henchman Gene Alsace poses as the Singing Kid, his singing voice is dubbed by Bob Nolan See more »

Connections

Version of Wagon Wheels West (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

A Happy, Rovin' Cowboy
(uncredited)
Written by Bob Nolan
Played as background music by the Sons of the Pioneers at the barbecue
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The Roots of Vengence
1 December 2018 | by mmtoucanSee all my reviews

In 1931, at Columbia, Buck Jones sang a song before becoming "The Avenger," outfoxing the villian and his two henchmen and orchestrating thier doom, one by one. The backstory is quite different here, as Jones played an adult Mexican who witnesses his brother's brutal murder and Dick Foran is a singing cowboy who witnessed his pioneer father's murder as a child. Before this, Ken Maynard, Bob Steele, Johnny Mack Brown and others had also used this kind of childhood preface. The audience has a strong emotional stake in the hero's quest for vengence and at the same time can't condone his out-right murder of the villians. Buck Jones as a Mexican couldn't get justice in white man's California, and our singing cowboy can't because "It happened too long ago" and he has no proof. Like Buck, though, he writes the three villians names on a wall, to be checked off. As in The Avenger, their fates are are almost identical. So this Warners' B+ western qualifies as an unofficial remake, getting no points for originality. But in the B's especially, "it ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it," and Song of the Saddle does it very well. I loved best Charles Middleton, dark-souled and merciless as ever. Too frail for fights and lassoing, but larger than life in the scarey man dept.


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