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Melody Ranch (1940)

Passed | | Music, Romance, Western | 15 November 1940 (USA)
His Arizona hometown of Torpedo invites Gene back to be the honorary sheriff of the Frontier Days Celebration.

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Complete credited cast:
... Gene Autry
... Cornelius J. Courtney
... Julie Shelton
... Mark Wildhack
... Veronica Whipple (as Barbara Allen - 'Vera Vague')
... Pop Laramie
... Tommy Summerville
... Penny Curtis
... Jasper Wildhack (as Joseph Sawyer)
... Bud Wildhack (as Horace MacMahon)
... Judge Henderson
... Slim (as William Benedict)
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With a longer-than-usual running time on original release and booked and sold to the exhibitors as a "Gene Autry Special", which Republic would do once a year from 1939-1943 in order to get higher rates than on the regular series entries from the theatre owners. Hey, Jimmy Durante and Ann Miler cost more than Smiley Burnette and June Storey. This "special",(which alternates between tongue-in-cheek and for-real and hard to distinguish which is which since there was very little for-real in most of the fantasy-land settings Autry's Republic films were laid in), finds Gene returning to his hometown of Torpedo as guest of honor at the Frontier Days Celebraion, Once there, he encounters his childhood enemies, the Wildhack brothers (Barton MacLane, Joe Sawyer and Horace MacMahon in pecking order), now the local gangsters (and playing it with relish.) The Wildhacks own a saloon next door to the school, and when their shooting and brawling endangers the safety of the children, Gene protests ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Something NEW In Motion Pictures!... It's GAY... EXCITING... DIFFERENT! See more »

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The 'Melody Ranch' set built for this film consisted of a long, one story house and a much larger gambrel-roof barn with a practical interior. The house portion's exterior was revamped after filming, and the set was a fixture on Republic's back lot for several years. It was featured in the show My Three Sons (1960). See more »

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In Ann Miller's tap number, during most of her tap dancing, her feet were outside the frame at the bottom of the picture, and it looked as if she were dancing on her ankles. See more »

Quotes

Veronica Whipple: My, the elections get noisier every year. I haven't seen this much excitement since I voted for Roosevelt. I mean Theodore of course.
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Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Torpedo Joe
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Jule Styne and Eddie Cherkose
Sung by Mary Lee with piano accompaniment
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Better than usual Gene Autry western with surprising co-stars.
28 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

A rather interesting Republic western with Gene Autry. This one is long 83 minutes for one, and although it has a plot done numerous times before is interesting due to the comic relief of Jimmy Durante and Vera Vague, who normally wouldn't be seen in B westerns. In addition a 17 year old Ann Miller plays his love interest and does one of her customary tap numbers. Why it almost seems like a small MGM musical.


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