Gene and Frog head for South Africa where Gene's brother Tex has found diamonds. Arriving they find Tex missing. Heading into the jungle, they are captured by a local tribe. Frog's magic gets Gene's release and Gene finds Tex. But Tex is a prisoner and Gene quickly finds himself a prisoner also.Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here's a cablegram for you, Gene. I reckon it came from your brother in South Africa.
Yeah, it's from Tex all right, fellas. Listen to this! "Dear Gene, Barkley and I discovered a rich diamond mine in the Valley of Superstition. Stop. Need horses badly, but impossible to buy. Stop. Bring at once as many as you can round up. Stop. We can auction off those not needed at big profit. Cable your plans immediately care of John Cardigan - Dunbar, South Africa."
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Gene Autry On the Veld
Now of course you would think that a film entitled Round-Up Time In Texas starring Gene Autry would be located in the Lone Star State. Not by a longshot. In this film Gene gets a telegram from his brother Tex Autry who's over in South Africa where he and a partner have made a rich diamond strike. Tex tells Gene to send over 50 head of Texas cow ponies and what he can't use he'll auction off.
Hard to believe that in 1937 he would have to send over to Texas for horses, but Gene gets the message and he and Smiley Burnette board a boat from Galveston to Capetown. And then they head to the town of Dunbar where Tex was heard from.
Traditional cowboy villain LeRoy Mason maybe operating in South Africa, but he's not lost any nastiness. He and a native gang ambush Tex and his partner and kill the partner and frame Tex. Gene arrives and hears Tex is wanted for murder. Autry's on the hunt now.
One of my big pet peeves about films from Hollywood dealing with Africa is that a couple of generations of Americans got their ideas about Africa from films like this. In this film for instance the term "kaffir" is used to describe the native population. Back in 1937 I'll bet those in charge of Republic Pictures from Herbert J. Yates on down had no idea that that word was a term of disparagement as bad as the "n" word in America. They should have known better, but few in America knew anything about Africa.
The natives in the film behave like a combination of stereotyped blacks in American located films and American Indians in those same films. Looks ridiculous. You will also not hear one person sound like they come from South Africa. The closest you get is American western character actor Earl Hodgins who talks like a London cockney.
The voortrekkers in South Africa used covered wagons like our American Conestogas and I suppose a saloon is a saloon anywhere on planet earth. So maybe knowing this, Yates felt secure in making a South African locale picture for his number cowboy star.
I did learn one thing though from Round Up Time in Texas. I learned the origin of the song When the Bloom is on the Sage which Gene Autry sings and includes the title of the film. I had Bing Crosby's record of it and it's a nice western ballad. Gene does well by it too.
If this god awful film ever made it to Johannesburg, Capetown, or Pretoria they must have been rolling in the aisles with laughter at the dumb American's idea of their country.
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