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Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm (1937)

Gene and Frog, out to stop a bunch of cattle rustlers, assume the identities of what they believe to be dead bandits, which soon gets them in big trouble.


Mack V. Wright


Johnston McCulley (story), Jack Natteford (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Milhouse
Armida ... Rosa Montero
Monte Blue ... Joe Stafford
Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws ... Singing Cowhands
Champion ... Champion - Gene's Horse
Hal Taliaferro ... Buffalo Brady
Ann Pendleton Ann Pendleton ... Mary Ellen Stafford - Joe's Step-daughter
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... The Apache Kid
Charles King ... Jim Black
Frankie Marvin ... Hank
Nina Campana Nina Campana ... Ynez
Charles Meyers Charles Meyers ... Charlie


Chasing rustlers, Gene and Frog find that two of them have killed two deputies and changed clothes with them. Hoping to find the gang leader they change into the outlaw's clothes. This puts them on the right track when the big boss Stafford saves them from a posse. But the two outlaws now posing as Deputies arrive and Gene and Frog soon find themselves prisoners. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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ROMANCE AND EXCITEMENT...DOWN MEXICO WAY! (original reissue poster-all caps)


Music | Western


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Release Date:

12 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rhythm on the Ranch See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(original) | (2003 restoration) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hank: Well, if it isn't my old friend, Beau Brummell Millhouse. Where did you get that or-chid?
Frog Millhouse: That's a night-blooming cryptogram - far rarer than any orchid.
Hank: What's so rare about it?
Frog Millhouse: (The "orchid" squirts water all over Hank) Introducing my new sideline of tricks, jokes and novelties. Buy some?
Hank: You got any explosive cigars?
Frog Millhouse: Here it is. Lights like a perfecto, goes off like a torpedo and it's only two bits!
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Mexicali Rose
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by Jack Tenney
Lyrics by Helen Stone
Performed by Gene Autry
Later reprised by Gene Autry with Armida
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One of Gene's better, early movies
22 July 2015 | by corporalkoSee all my reviews

By the time Gene Autry made this film, he had been starring in B-Westerns for almost two years, and was right on the verge of being named "Public Cowboy No. 1" for 1937, based on the box-office returns from his movies. He held that honor for six straight years, before entering the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II.

Gene and Buffalo Brady (Hal Taliaferro) are co-owners of a large Western ranch from which cattle are being rustled. Gene and his sidekick Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) set out to try to find the rustlers, at one point changing clothes with two lawmen they have found murdered, to aid in hiding their identities in their search. Their journey brings them into some shenanigans with two attractive ladies, and climaxes with a wild stagecoach chase. And I may be wrong, but I'm fairly sure Gene himself did the transfer from Champ's back to the stage.

Hope I haven't posted any "spoilers" here, because the movie is much better than the other posters here have implied, with their lukewarm descriptions like "OK," "Pleasant enough," etc. And when one posts, "Not up to Autry's usual standard," I'd like to know which "usual standard" of his movies they're talking about, as they almost always say that in their reviews.

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