Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
A virtual remake of, among several others, two Ken Maynard films, "Fightin' Thru, 1930" and "Fargo Express, 1933", and credited Story writer Forest Sheldon and credited Screenplay writer ... See full summary »
Harry S. Webb
When new owner Spud arrives from England, Autry convinces him not to sell the ranch but to raise horses for the Army. When both Autry's and Neale's bids are the same, the Colonel calls for a race to decide the winner. But that night Neale has Autry's stable burned.Written by
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[en route to the train station, Frog's wagon breaks down]
That's a fine way to meet the new boss. Come on, snap into it! Get that wagon fixed!
Well, it took him two weeks to get here from England. It isn't going to hurt him to wait four or five minutes more.
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What child would show up in the old west all dressed up like Charlie McCarthy??!!
When the story begins, the new owner of the ranch arrives out west. Apparently, some spoiled rich kid named 'Spud' inherited the place. Now this is the odd part....he arrives out west dressed in a top hat....looking for all the world like a Charlie McCarthy puppet! I know the kid is supposed to be rich, but who would show up dressed like THAT?!
Spud initially just wants to sell the place. However, he soon becomes friends with Gene and he agrees to sell him the ranch. But another bidder also wants it, so it's up to Gene and his competition to have a race to decide who gets the place....an odd way to decide things, I know. And, considering that the hero ALWAYS has an unscrupulous nemesis, you can only assume this other guy will stop at NOTHING to get the land! In between, there's time to romance the Colonel's daughter, for Smiley to somehow find himself in the Army and much more.
It's not surprising that Smiley Burnette is on hand to play Gene's sidekick, as he made a ton of pics with Autry. And, as usual, he sings and uses his froggy voice in a humorous tune. After all, why have Smiley in a film without a song?
I noticed one reviewer compared this movie to a Gene Autry flick meets "Little Lord Fauntleroy"...and that is pretty much on the mark, though the kid warms up to Gene MUCH faster than the grandfather in "Fauntleroy".
So is all this worth watching? Well, if you like Gene Autry films, you'll no doubt enjoy this. As usual, he sings a bunch of tunes and ends up being a paragon of virtue and niceness. Typical...but also typically enjoyable and well worth your time.
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