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Rhythm on the Range (1936)

Approved | | Action, Music, Romance | 1 July 1936 (USA)
Cowboy Jeff Larabee returns from the east and meets Doris Halloway, a young girl, that he regards as a vagabond, till he learns that she's the owner of the farm where he works. He tries to ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Jack Moffitt (screenplay) (as John C. Moffitt), Sidney Salkow (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bing Crosby ... Jeff Larabee
Frances Farmer ... Doris Halloway
Bob Burns ... Buck Eaton
Martha Raye ... Emma Mazda
Samuel S. Hinds ... Robert Halloway
Warren Hymer ... Big Brain
Lucile Gleason ... Penelope Ryland (as Lucille Webster Gleason)
George E. Stone ... Shorty
James Burke ... Wabash
Martha Sleeper ... Constance Hyde
Clem Bevans ... Gila Bend
Leonid Kinskey ... Mischa
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Gopher Mazda
Beau Baldwin Beau Baldwin ... 'Cuddles 50th
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Cowboy Jeff Larabee returns from the east and meets Doris Halloway, a young girl, that he regards as a vagabond, till he learns that she's the owner of the farm where he works. He tries to win her heart, but without success, until she is endangered by gangsters. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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A whirlwind round-up of romance, songs and gags, with Bing singin' and Bob Burns tootin' on the old Bazooka!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Último Romântico See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Remade as the 1956 Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy Pardners. See more »

Goofs

This film relies repeatedly on the myth that bulls react to red scarves. Truth of the matter is, the color red isn't what causes bulls to attack. In fact, bulls don't seem to have any color preference at all. They'll charge whichever object is moving the most, which means this old myth can get tossed right of the ring. See more »


Soundtracks

Empty Saddles
(uncredited)
Written by Billy Hill and J. Keirn Brennan
Sung by Bing Crosby at the Madison Square Garden rodeo
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One of the most bizarre casting decisions in Hollywood history....but still very enjoyable.
21 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Hollywood in the classic era occasionally made some very, very bizarre casting decisions. Since actors were generally contracted to studios, often they'd stick some of these folks in the darnedest pictures and there wasn't much the actors could do about it. Some great examples of bizarro casting was seeing Katharine Hepburn as a Chinese woman in "Dragon Seed" as well as John Wayne as Genghis Khan in "The Conqueror". Not QUITE this strange, but close, is seeing Bing Crosby playing a cowboy in "Rhythm on the Range". Bing Crosy as a cowboy?! Believe it or not!

When the film begins, Doris (Frances Farmer) is rehearsing for her wedding. She's a spoiled woman and freely admits she's marrying more out of boredom than anything else! Fortunately, when she goes to a rodeo and sees the buff he-man, Jeff Larabee (Crosby) she is smitten...though he seems more smitten with a cow! Strange as it is, this is the film in a nutshell!

While casting Crosby as a cowboy was stupid and udderly ridiculous, this film manages to be a lot of fun. Even with the inclusion of Martha Raye (who is usually too brash and obnoxious), it's still filled with neat songs and characters. Brilliant or sophisticated? No way...but still somehow fun and worth seeing.

By the way, during a song and dance number late in the film, it's Louis Prima singing and playing trumpet. He wasn't yet famous and later would gain eternal fame as King Louie in the cartoon "The Jungle Book".


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