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Cowboy Serenade (1942)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Music | 30 January 1942 (USA)
Gene goes after a gambling ring and learns it is headed by McKenzie's father.


William Morgan


Olive Cooper (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Fay McKenzie ... Stephanie 'Steve' Lock
Cecil Cunningham ... Priscilla Smythe
Addison Richards ... Asa Lock
Rand Brooks ... Jim Agnew
Tristram Coffin ... Dixie Trambeau
Slim Andrews ... Pappy Vanderpyle (as Lloyd 'Slim' Andrews)
Linda Leighton ... Millie Jackson (as Melinda Leighton)
John Berkes ... Joe Crowley (as Johnnie Berkes)


Rancher Gene Autry (Gene Autry) heads a Cattleman's Association that appoints young, naive Jimmy Agnew (Rand Brooks) to take the collective shipment to the meat-packing plant and handle the sale of the beef. En route by train, Jimmy is fleeced by professional card-sharps and is forced to pay off with cattle-shipment money. Ashamed, he goes into hiding. It's up to Gene to make good, and accompanied by Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette), they get a job on the ranch owned by Asa Lock (Addison Richards) who operates the trunk-line on the railroad on which the crooked gamblers ply their trade. Lock's daughter, Stephanie (Fay McKenzie), ignorant of her father's involvement, assists Gene trying to prove her father innocent. Lock pretends to play along with Gene in seeking the crooks. Gene locates Jimmy and persuades him to give himself up and make a clean breast of the affair so Gene will have a basis for prosecution. Learning this, and knowing he will be exposed as the gang leader, gives ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Drama | Music | Western


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Release Date:

30 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Cavaleiro Vingador See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The budget (expected cost of production) was exactly $83,486 . The actual cost was $94,438. See more »


[while Gene got directions to the bad guys hideout over the phone, Smiley transcribed the conversation]
Frog Milhouse: I got every word. Now look, you go to the, yeah, turn right, yeah, over to the, I see, I got it, thanks. You know if we follow this, we're lost before we even get started.
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Solid Programmer
11 June 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Routine Autry entry that nevertheless manages a few notable features. Gene's working to get back cattlemen's money lost by young Agnew (Brooks) in a crooked poker game. Trouble is the crooked set-up is headed by wealthy father (Richards) of the winsome young Stephanie (McKenzie). So Gene has to figure all of this out while hired henchmen are trying to stop him.

This is one of those entries that mixes cars and horses in a kind of weird overlap between different eras. But the mix works well in that thrilling climax that makes good use of both. And wow!—check out Frog (Burnette) who gets a bigger and more muscular role than usual, one that shows some versatility from the sidekick that's too seldom seen. Also, the supporting cast is stronger than usual, with a commanding Richards, a crafty Coffin, and a surprisingly humorous Cunningham.

Not much hard riding or gunplay, but some good athletic barroom brawls. No, nothing special; just a solid series programmer along with a couple of the pleasant Autry vocals.

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