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Melody Ranch (1940)

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

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Western

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The pairing of Gene Autry and Jimmy Durante, with George "Gabby" Hayes in tow, a bigger budget and a much longer running time (for its first run release) made this one of Gene's most popular features.. The comic relief brought in more adults at the boxoffice. It includes a take-off of Gene's signature song "Back in the Saddle Again." 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

Cornelius J. Courtney: Hey, Gene. Listen, I've been thinking it over, and I think maybe I ought to go with the others on the bus.
Gene Autry: Oh no you don't. Get up on that horse and shut up.
Cornelius J. Courtney: But, Gene...
Gene Autry: Remember, this was your idea.
Cornelius J. Courtney: I'd forgotten.
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Connections

Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Back to the City Again
(1940) (uncredited)
(Parody of "Back in the Saddle Again" (1938))
Music and Lyrics by Ray Whitley
Parity lyrics by Jule Styne and Eddie Cherkose
Performed by Joe Sawyer and Horace McMahon
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Better than usual Gene Autry western with surprising co-stars.
28 April 2003 | by dan-180See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melody Ranch See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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