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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.

Director:

Joseph Santley

Writers:

Jack Moffitt (original screenplay), F. Hugh Herbert (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Jimmy Durante ... Cornelius Jupiter Courtney
Ann Miller ... Julie Shelton
Barton MacLane ... Mark Wildhack
Barbara Jo Allen ... Veronica Whipple (as Barbara Allen - 'Vera Vague')
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Pop Laramie
Jerome Cowan ... Tommy Summerville
Mary Lee ... Penny Curtis
Joe Sawyer ... Jasper Wildhack (as Joseph Sawyer)
Horace McMahon ... Bud Wildhack (as Horace MacMahon)
Clarence Wilson Clarence Wilson ... Judge 'Skinny' Henderson
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Slim (as William Benedict)
The Kidoodlers The Kidoodlers ... Barbershop Quartet
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

JOIN THE FUN WITH FAMOUS GENE AUTRY & JIMMY DURANTE (original trade ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Music | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eldorado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Tommy Summerville: Phone her home. Phone the Mayfair Club. We've got to find our leading lady!
Cornelius J. Courtney: No sooner said then done! First I'll track her down, then I'll corral her, then I'll ignore her.
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Connections

References The Great Train Robbery (1903) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Portion contained in the song "Rodeo Rose"
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Great cast killed by corn
30 April 2006 | by estabansmytheSee all my reviews

"Melody Ranch" (1940) is one of Gene Autry's best-known and most popular Oaters. In reality,while not his best, it's still entertaining as all get-out!

The only neative is the screenplay by Jack Moffitt, F. Hugh Herbet (norelation to the comic character actor), Bradford Ropes and Betty Burbridge: It's got a little too much comic corn.

The film boasts an unusually strong cast,including Gabby Hayes, Gene's love interest Ann Miller (who never ever looked more stunning - she's a total knockout here at age 17), bad guy Barton MacLane, and Jerome Cowan (a year before Mary Astor bumps him off when he played Bogie's Sam Spade partner Miles Archer near the beginning of "The Maltese Falcon").

Serving as Gene's back-up band...Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys! The fella who gets the lion's share of the corny jokes is that wonderful legend, Jimmy Durante. His role is similar to his Banjo in "The Man Who Came to Dinner" four years later, in 1944.

I absolutely love the two-reel B film "Oater" westerns of the '30 & '40s and the western TV series of the '50s. This one comes close to being included among them but the high corn factor keeps it off the list. But Ann Miller is really great to look at here.


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