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In Old Montana (1939)

Approved | | Western | 5 February 1939 (USA)
The Colonel sends Fred Dawson and Doc Flanders to investigate a cattleman sheepman war. Posing as a two man medicine show, they quickly become involved. When Fred tries to bring the two ... See full summary »


Bernard B. Ray (as Raymond K. Johnson)


Jackson Parks (photoplay by), Bernard B. Ray (photoplay by) (as Raymond K. Johnson) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Fred Scott ... Fred Dawson
Jean Carmen Jean Carmen ... June Allison
John Merton ... Ed Brandt
Wheeler Oakman ... Jim Dawson
Frank LaRue ... Theodore Jason
Allan Cavan Allan Cavan ... Sheriff
Walter McGrail ... Joe Allison
Harry Harvey ... Doc Flanders
Richard Cramer ... Sheepman
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Pocohantas
Ted Adams ... Army Colonel
Gene Howard Gene Howard ... Jailer


The Colonel sends Fred Dawson and Doc Flanders to investigate a cattleman sheepman war. Posing as a two man medicine show, they quickly become involved. When Fred tries to bring the two sides together, Joe Allison is shot and Fred blamed. With Fred in jail and a lynch mob on the way, Doc tries to break his friend out. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

5 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fterotos kavallaris See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Washington DC Wednesday 28 January 1948 on WMAL (Channel 7), in Cincinnati Wednesday 3 March 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4), and in New York City Thursday 7 October 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: When the links in the chain of States that made up the great United States were forged, there were many conflicts, dramatic and spectacular, that often threatened the prosperity of the frontier and the economic structure of the whole nation.

Such was the war that broke out in Montana in 1880 between the cattle barons and the sheep-herders. The cattlemen had priority and also claimed sheep polluted the land and streams, cropping the grass so short the grazing land was ruined for years. The sheepmen claimed that raising sheep was more profitable and that "the spread" was Government land and they had as much right to it as anyone else.

The series of events chronicled here took place in the Lobo Valley just below the fertile grazing lands of the Powder River Basin.

Although frankly a Western story, with fictitious characters, each one originally had its counterpart in fact. See more »


Moonlight on the Range
Written by Don Swander (as Don Swanders)
Sung by Fred Scott
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Reasonable Feature, Though Rather Routine
8 March 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"In Old Montana" is a reasonable B-Western, but it's rather routine. Fred Scott stars in a singing cowboy role patterned after Gene Autry and others, with Harry Harvey as his loyal comic sidekick. Here, Scott plays a cavalry officer who is trying to settle a range war between cattlemen and sheepmen. The setup is somewhat interesting, but as it continues it gets more routine, although there is usually some action. It's about as good as some of the more average efforts of Autry or similar stars.

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