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Henry Goes Arizona (1939)

Passed | | Western, Comedy, Drama | 8 December 1939 (USA)
Henry, a destitute New York actor, inherits his murdered brother, Jim's ranch located just outside Tonto City, AZ. Ricky Dole (Douglas Fowley) dishes out as much trouble as he can because ... See full summary »


Edwin L. Marin


Florence Ryerson (screen play), Milton Merlin (screen play) | 1 more credit »


Complete credited cast:
Frank Morgan ... Henry Conroy
Virginia Weidler ... Molly Cullison
Guy Kibbee ... Judge Van Treece
Slim Summerville ... Sheriff Parton
Douglas Fowley ... Ricky Dole
Owen Davis Jr. ... Danny Regan
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Henry, a destitute New York actor, inherits his murdered brother, Jim's ranch located just outside Tonto City, AZ. Ricky Dole (Douglas Fowley) dishes out as much trouble as he can because he and his gang want control of the JC Ranch. Written by <crj1@cornell.edu>

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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Thursday 20 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 7 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia 8 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Omaha 28 August 1957 on WOW (Channel 6) and by Altoona PA 5 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); in Akron it was first telecast 7 November 1957 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Honolulu 23 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Fresno CA 13 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in Phoenix 14 December 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 2 August 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); it finally found its way to New York City 16 September 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


A drunk (Uncle Henry in disguise) with a jug staggers into the shack where Molly is held captive. He goes over to the table, takes out the cork from the jug and takes a swig. He puts the jug down without putting the cork back in. He staggers a few steps away, then comes back for another drink and the cork has been replaced. See more »


Henry's Landlady: I have a marvelous surprise for you...
Henry Conroy: Oh yes?
Henry's Landlady: Your brother's dead!
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Merrily We Roll Along
(1847) (uncredited)
Written by E.P. Christy and Ferd V.D. Garretson
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Tonto City?!
1 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While Frank Morgan is most known for his appearance in "The Wizard of Oz", his forte was making nice B-movies for MGM. His affable personality shone through in these pictures and most are well worth seeing--and the quality of the films make them seem like A- pictures--short enough to be a B but higher quality.

Despite the weird title, "Henry Goes Arizona" is one of Morgan's better films. He is lovely in the lead and it helps that he had able support from Guy Kibbee, Slim Summerville and, especially, Virginia Weidler.

Then the story begins, Henry (Morgan) learns that his step-brother has died and left him his ranch out west. Considering Henry is broke, he eagerly jumps at the chance to take control of the place. However, when he arrives in Tonto City (tonto is the Spanish word for 'idiot'), he learns that his step-brother had been murdered and Henry is not about to stick around and be killed himself. But his sweet nice, Molly (Weidler) believes in him and so he belatedly decides to stay. But being a total wimp, you wonder just how long Henry will stick around Tonto City.

An enjoyable script and some enjoyable acting make this worth seeing. By the way, notice Morgan on a horse...he really did know what he was doing despite acting out of his element!

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8 December 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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