A traveling musician tries to prevent a rancher from losing his property to a swindler.A traveling musician tries to prevent a rancher from losing his property to a swindler.A traveling musician tries to prevent a rancher from losing his property to a swindler.
This one-shot entry of a proposed series to star radio, cabaret, stage, recording and night club performer Gene Austin (most known for "My Blue Heaven, which he does not sing in this film)ended up being shown mostly in small-town theatres and included personal appearances between showings by Austin and his usual troupe of "Assisting Artists," Coco (Otto Heimel) & Candy (Russ Hall.) Austin most definitely does not play "Himself" in this film even if his character name is Gene Austin and he is a famous radio singer, because the story is fictional, the characters are fictional and the real Mrs. Gene Austin (mother of actress Charlotte Austin)would have probably objected to her husband marrying the fictional character at the end of the film.
Standard oater with a plot line of a local schemer and his henchies trying to beat an old rancher out of his unknown-to-him valuable property, which sets where a new highway is going to be built. Well, maybe not so standard, since it was usually a railroad that was planned. The producers (Max and Arthur Alexander) and Associate Producer (their cousin Alfred Stern)didn't make this on a budget that allowed for rental of ties, tracks and locomotives, so opted for highway construction and having to only rent a Caterpillar tractor for the construction scene.
The fictional Gene Austin (played by the real Gene Austin) is the fictional foster son of a fictional rancher and comes to the fictional Sage City to lend a hand against the baddies.
Austin (aided by Coco & Candy, whose character names aren't Coco and Candy in the film)plays the piano and sings five songs he wrote---"Song of the Saddle"; "I'm Coming Home"; "I Fell Down and Broke My Heart (in Two)"; "Why Can't I Be Your Sweetheart, Tonight" and "The Man From Texas"---and they are passable, for fans of Austin's singing style. The trouble comes when Austin takes to the saddle. That isn't a pretty sight.
- Apr 29, 2006