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Ridin' on a Rainbow (1941)

Gene's investigation of a bank robbery takes him to a showboat. There he finds that teenage singer Patsy's father has been working with the robbers to provide for her future.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Bradford Ropes (story), Bradford Ropes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog
Mary Lee ... Patsy Evans
Carol Adams ... Sally Bartlett
Ferris Taylor ... Captain 'Lijah Bartlett
Georgia Caine ... Mariah Bartlett
Byron Foulger ... Matt 'Pop' Evans
Ralf Harolde ... Blake, Bank Robber
Jimmy Conlin Jimmy Conlin ... Joe
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Sheriff Jim Mason
Anthony Warde ... Scoop Morrison, Bank Robber
Forrest Taylor ... Rancher Jeff Billings
Burr Caruth Burr Caruth ... Banker Eben Carter
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Storyline

When the showboat hits town, two men use the parade as a distraction to rob the bank. Their accomplice is Pop, the clown from the showboat. He leaves the money on the boat and tells his daughter Patsy to bring it to him at a later stop on the river. When Patsy arrives without the money, both her and her father are made prisoners. So she sends her trained dog back to the showboat for help. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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NEW ADVENTURES ON OL' MAN RIVER WITH AMERICA'S ALL-TIME COWBOY KING! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riding on a Rainbow See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Lige Bartlett: Mark my words, Mariah, we'll discover the thriving metropolis of Riverton just around the bend.
Mariah Bartlett: Right where it's always been - unless somebody moved it.
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Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Ridin' on a Rainbow
Written by Don George, Teddy Hall and Jean Herbert
Sung by Gene Autry
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Better than average Autry vehicle showcases Mary Lee's talent
30 October 2011 | by colagadaSee all my reviews

This isn't your typical Autry movie. This one focuses more on music, comedy, and characterization than on action. The storyline/plot is scant and only makes an occasional appearance to justify its existence; it's there mainly to provide a framework in which to fit everything else. The movie doesn't feature as much action as most of the other Autry offerings; it focuses more on entertainment.

The movie offers plenty of entertainment. There are healthy servings of several songs, the usual Smiley Burnette comedic relief, and even a tap sequence by the talented Carol Adams.

What sets this movie apart from the others is that Mary Lee is given more opportunity to showcase both her singing and acting talents, and she does well with those. If you're a Mary Lee fan, this is the movie you want to see.

This movie is shown occasionally on the Encore Western channel, and you can also find it on Netflix. It's a must-see for Autry fans.


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