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Oklahoma Blues (1948)

State Commissioner Walton is uncertain about making Rainbow's End the new county seat after the Drago brothers, Matt and Slip, hold up his tage and beat up Sheriff Sam Oldring. Jimmy Wakely... See full summary »

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Lambert Hillyer

Writer:

Bennett Cohen (original screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Jimmy Wakely ... Jimmy Wakely - Posing as The Melody Kid
Dub Taylor ... Cannonball (as 'Cannonball' Taylor)
Virginia Belmont ... Judy Joyce
I. Stanford Jolley ... Beasley
Zon Murray ... Matt Drago - Henchman
George J. Lewis ... Slip Drago - Henchman
Steve Clark ... Sheriff Sam Oldring
Frank LaRue ... Judge Emerson
J.C. Lytton J.C. Lytton ... Walton - State Commissioner
Milburn Morante ... Amos
Charles King ... Fake Sheriff (as Charles L. King)
Bob Woodward ... Bob - Henchman (as Robert D. Woodward)
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State Commissioner Walton is uncertain about making Rainbow's End the new county seat after the Drago brothers, Matt and Slip, hold up his tage and beat up Sheriff Sam Oldring. Jimmy Wakely rides into town unaware that his pal Cannonball has been telling fictitious tales about him as being an outlaw known as the Melody Kid. Jimmy knocks out Slip Drago when he becomes unruly in the restaurant run by Judy Joyce, who refuses to feed Jimmy because she thinks he is the Melody Kid. Untertaker Beasley is the secret head of the outlaw band that terrorizes the territory, so that Yuba will be made the county seat and make him a rich man. Judge Emerson persuades Jimmy to become a deputy after he gets three of the Drago outfit after they wound his friend Sheriff Oldring. About to take the town money to Capital City for a new courthouse, Jimmy is arrested by Beasley's henchman Gabe, posing as a lawman, for an alleged killing in Silver City. Cannonball helps Jimmy escape, and they manage to pin the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Sage-Brush SYNCOPATER! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melody Range See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This film is a perfect example of a sub-genre popular with Poverty Row studios like Monogram in the 1940s and 50s - The "Singing Cowboys Movie," in which cowpokes armed with guns and guitars sang and shot their way through formulaic Western plots. See more »

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Remake of The Pocatello Kid (1931) See more »

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On the Strings of My Lonesome Guitar
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The Melody Kid
13 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Oklahoma Blues has Jimmy Wakely going undercover as a feared singing outlaw known as the Melody Kid. With that monicker tagged to him the numbers aren't quite so out of place.

Wakely is working undercover at the behest of his friend Sheriff Steve Clark to find out who's behind outlaws who've created a recent crime wave. The town of Rainbow's End where the action takes place is in the running to become the county seat but that might not happen with all this crime. And of course there's a villain who gains some big profits if Rainbow's End loses the competition.

Dub Taylor is in the sidekick role and he truly functions as comic relief. Wakely describes him to Clark as his handicap and the remark goes right over his head. Taylor does engage in some good physical comedy and he does help when under proper direction. Other than that he's a hillbilly kibitzer.

Wakely sang a couple of nice, but forgettable songs. He never attained the ranking of Roy and Gene in the singing cowboy sweepstakes, but he was pleasant to listen to.

I'm sure the Saturday matinee kids approved in 1948.


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