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Down Mexico Way (1941)

After the bad guys swindle the good folk of Sage City, Gene and Frog chase them to Mexico where they are now trying to rob a rich Mexican ranchero.

Director:

Joseph Santley

Writers:

Dorrell McGowan (story), Stuart E. McGowan (story) (as Stuart McGowan) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Fay McKenzie ... Maria Elena Alvarado
Harold Huber ... Pancho Grande
Sidney Blackmer ... Ellery Gibson
Joe Sawyer ... Allen
Andrew Tombes ... Mayor Tubbs
Murray Alper ... Flood
Arthur Loft ... Homer Gerard
Duncan Renaldo ... Juan
Paul Fix ... Henchman Davis
Julian Rivero ... Don Carlos Alvarado
Ruth Robinson Ruth Robinson ... Mercedes
Thornton Edwards Thornton Edwards ... Rurale Captain Rodriguez
The Herrera Sisters The Herrera Sisters ... Singers
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Storyline

Two swindlers, Allen (Joe Sawyer) and Flood (Murray Alper), posing as motion pictures producers, are selling fake stock in a movie and inducing the citizens of Sage City to invest their savings in a phony film which they say will star John Wayne. When Gene Autry (Gene Autry) and Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) discover the producers are phony, they trail the pair to Mexico with the aid of their friend and reformed Mexican ex-bandit Pancho Grande (Harold Huber). There the trio suspects Allen and Flood's cohorts, Gibson (Sidney Blackmier) and Homer Gerard (Arthur Loft) are about to pull the same swindler on Don Carlos Alvarado (Julian Rivero), a wealthy, well-respected citizen of San Ramon who has agreed to finance the swindlers' movie in exchange for a role in the film for his daughter Maria Elena (Fay McKenzie). She falls in love with Gene who warns her about the dishonest promoters. They devise a plan to expose the crooks who then make a last-ditch effort to rob the bank-car ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TOPS EVERY OTHER AUTRY HIT - Gene in his most likeable role...more songs...more thrills...more beautiful senoritas...a glamorous screen production that gives the most in entertainment and fun! (original poster)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção do México See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The budget (expected cost of production) was exactly $124,947. The actual cot was $135,520. See more »

Goofs

During the gunfight scene when one of the bad guys takes a shot at Pancho behind a tree, knocking his hat off, Pancho's horse is standing directly behind Pancho yet he doesn't get hit. See more »

Quotes

Frog: Mr. Frog, I am ashamed for you to hire me.
Pancho Grande: Yeah, you told me you was the best cook in Mexico.
Frog: Oh, si! But I am on the wrong side of the border.
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Connections

Edited into Robin Hood of Texas (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

La cachita
(uncredited)
Written by Rafael Hernández
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Harold Huber at His Worst, Gene at His Second Best!
16 May 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

The plot of Gene Autry's 49th (out of 94) film revolves around that old "The Producers" gag in which suckers are fleeced by con men who are purporting to make a money-making movie. The robbers flee to Mexico, so naturally Gene and Frog follow suit.

At least this development give Gene a chance to sing his hit number, "South of the Border", early on in the piece. And this outing certainly proves a must-see for fans of Harold Huber (at his hammiest worst) and vivacious Fay McKenzie (whom Autry said on his "Melody Ranch" TV program was here making her movie debut. Not strictly true, although all her many previous parts were no more than bits. Gene also made a big point of the fact that Billy Gilbert was her uncle).

In other respects, the movie is extremely well produced. In fact production values are exceptionally lavish by "B" standards, with lots of colorfully-dressed extras running around strikingly designed sets, followed by a really extended action climax, packed full of picturesque shots of riders against stand-out natural backgrounds.

We are also treated to some thrilling stunts, although some are marred by obvious process screen effects. Particularly disconcerting is a manifestly fake climactic shot in which Gene is supposed to jump off a cliff into the back seat of a speeding convertible!

Perhaps it's just as well there's no action at all for the first half-hour, although we are handed a fair amount of stylish local color, including a fast track of Gene and his lady love strolling through the local markets and an even larger slice of ho-hum comic tomfoolery with Smiley Burnett playing stooge to the egregious Senor Huber.


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