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Cowboy Canteen (1944)

During world-war-two, Arizona cattle-ranch owner Steve Bradley (Charles Starrett) and his pal Spud Harrigan (Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams) join the army and are assigned to a camp near his ... See full summary »



(original screenplay), (additional dialogue)


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Cast overview:
... Steve Bradley
... Connie Gray
... Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
... Tex Coulter
... Spud Harrigan (as Guinn [Big Boy] Williams)
... The Mills Brothers
Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys and Girls ... Singing Group
Jimmy Wakely and His Saddle Pals ... Singing Group
... Professor Merlin
... Cannonball
Tailor Maids ... Singers (as The Tailor Maids)
Bill Hughes ... Bill Hughes
Buck Chickie and Buck ... Whip Act


During world-war-two, Arizona cattle-ranch owner Steve Bradley (Charles Starrett) and his pal Spud Harrigan (Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams) join the army and are assigned to a camp near his ranch. He makes his cousin Tex Coulter (Tex Ritter) the ranch foreman. On his first furlough he returns to the ranch and, much to his dismay, finds that due.to the wartime man-power shortage, that all of his cowboys have been replaced by cowgirls. He is assigned to help build the morale of the soldiers and decides to open a canteen where the soldiers can go for coffee-and-doughnuts, and be entertained by local talent. Local talent consists of the MIlls Brothers, Jimmy Wakely and his Saddle Pals, Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys and Girls and ventriloquist Professor Merlin (Max Terhune) ans his wooden dummy Elmer Sneezeweed (Elmer). He also has a fistfight with cousin Tex over the affections of Connie Gray (Jane Frazee.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE GAYEST MUSICAL TO COME OUT OF THE WEST (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

8 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cantina dos Vaqueiros  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


On September 1st, 1943, columnist Sheila Graham announced the casting of Shirley Ross, marking Ross' first film appearance in over two years. Less than two weeks later, Ross was forced to withdraw due to illness; she was replaced by Jane Frazee. It was another two years before Ross' next and final film role. See more »


Tex Coulter: Vera, what are you gonna do tonight?
Vera Vague: Nothing, you dear boy. I'll meet you right after the show.
Tex Coulter: [laughing] No, no, you don't get me. I mean, uh, what's your specialty?
Vera Vague: Men - eighteen to forty-five, and no dependents.
Tex Coulter: What I'm tryin' to ask is, are you gonna sing, or dance, or can you tell a joke?
Vera Vague: Certainly. I recognized you the moment you came out!
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Wait For the Light To Shine
Written by Fred Rose
Performed by Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys and Girls
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Western musical revue
13 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Two cowboy heroes Charles 'The Durango Kid' Starrett and Tex Ritter who is among the acts as well vie for the affections of Jane Frazee in Cowboy Canteen. There's very little western in this western other than cowboy clothes. All this is film's story does is allow for a dozen or so performers to do their shtick.

Frazee and Barbara Jo Allen better known as Vera Vague of the Bob Hope Show are part of a theatrical troupe that is taking over the ranch of Starrett while he and his foreman Guinn Williams go to war.

Besides doing the male ranch jobs, Frazee and Allen decide to keep their entertainment skills honed by turning the barn into a theater and putting on a show for the men in uniform. I think you see where this is going.

Nothing special, but the acts are good and Frazee winds up with one of them.

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