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Colorado Sunset (1939)

Passed | | Action, Music, Western | 31 July 1939 (USA)
Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.


George Sherman


Betty Burbridge (screen play), Stanley Roberts (screen play) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
June Storey ... Carol Haines
Barbara Pepper ... Ginger Bixby
Buster Crabbe ... Dave Haines (as Larry "Buster" Crabbe)
Robert Barrat ... Dr. Rodney Blair
Patsy Montana ... Patsy
The Texas Rangers The Texas Rangers ... Texas Troubadors (as The CBS-KMBC Texas Rangers)
Purnell Pratt ... Mr. Hall
William Farnum ... Sheriff George Glenn
Kermit Maynard ... Cyrus Drake
Jack Ingram ... Henchman Clanton
Elmo Lincoln ... Dairyman Burns
Frankie Marvin ... Ranch Hand


Gene and the boys arrive at their new ranch to find themselves in the dairy business instead of punching cows. They soon become victims of Doc Blair's outlaw gang that is keeping all milk shipments from reaching the market. Gene eventually learns that Blairs's men get their instructions in code when his medical bulletins are read over the radio. Gene obtains the code and hopes a false message will lead the gang into a trap. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A TROUBADOR Who wrote songs in GUNSMOKE! (original print ad)


Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

31 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der große Milchkrieg von Colorado See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(2001 restored) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," was sung at the 1901 funeral of the assassinated President William McKinley, because it was his favorite song. See more »


Autry's the Man - Vote for Autry
Composer unknown
Performed by Smiley Burnette and The Texas Rangers during electioneering
Reprised by Smiley Burnette and townsfolk after the election
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Autry's the man for me!
16 March 2008 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

As a Gene Autry fan I like this, find it very watchable, and as charming as the previous reviewer; if you're not a fan however you'll only be able to revel in how bizarre it must appear. Most modern movies appear bizarre to me so I don't waste my valuable time watching them.

Frog buys a cattle farm for Gene and the "Texas Troubadours" to sell beef only to find they have a herd of milk cows on their hands. They have trouble delivering the milk thanks to a dodgy business Association which is pretending to be help led by baddie Robert Barrat and his semi-baddie poodle Buster Crabbe (who was seemingly trying to look like Brian Donlevy) – but do the goodies or baddies win out? They hold an election for Sheriff which again proved that Democracy = Cracked Heads. Elmo Lincoln had a small part, meaning there were two ex-Tarzan's in here. The Texas Rangers sang a few nice little ditties - I had previously thought they supported Gene in loads of his movies but have just realised Johnny Mack Brown was the guy instead. Ever smiling and nicely coiffured June Storey was here in the 4th of her 10 Autry outings playing Crabbe's sister and the announcer on the local radio station KWTR. Favourite bits: Poor Little Dogie sung by Gene to the admiring June; the charming Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere; the Vote For Autry campaign; the sight of Frog on a titchy motor scooter.

For me an hour well spent in good company, I'd welcome 'em all back anytime.

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