- SKU: 27489608
- Release Date: 05/19/2015
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Ann Rutherford, who would later rise to fame in the Andy Hardy series at M-G-M and in a number of musical roles, made one of her first screen appearances in this Gene Autry musical western. Teenage runaway Lettie Morgan (Rutherford) stows away with a group of showgirls en route to California after an argument with her aunt. When the stagecoach is attacked near the California border, Capt. Tex Autry (Gene Autry) and his men save the day, but the petulant Lettie complains to his superior officers after Autry scolds the women for traveling through a dangerous area without a proper escort. This, coupled with the actions of rangers-gone-bad Buck LaCrosse (Warner Richmond) and Utah Joe (Alan Sears), leads many to suspect Autry has become a traitor, but when LaCrosse and Utah kidnap Lettie, Autry and his sidekick Frog (Smiley Burnette) are chosen to come to the rescue. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Republic Pictures borrowed heavily from Damon Runyon when they crafted this tuneful Gene Autry series entry, restored to its full length by Gene Autry Entertainment in 2001. Just as Apple Annie had in Lady for a Day (1933), kindly old Dad Haskell Frank Darien) has gilded the lily a bit by suggesting to his Eastern daughter Betty (Jean Rouverol) that he is the sole owner of the Circle J, a Western dude ranch. The problem is that the ranch has just been sold to one Van Fleet (Davison Clark) and is not equipped to receive guests at all. Yet despite being repeatedly snubbed by Betty, foreman Gene Autry nevertheless agrees to put up a front in order for the girl to impress her socialite fiancé Walter (George Wolcott). But unbeknownst to all and sundry, there is helium in them thar hills and soon both bullets and fists are flying. Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and guest stars Joe Frisco and Edward Raquello perform "Old November Moon", "Roll, On Little Dogies, Roll On", "When the Bloom Is on the Sage", "El Rancho Grande", "Cielito Lindo", "I Love in the Morning", and "The Balloon Song". ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
Gene Autry is the star (but not the title character) of Oh, Susanna!, a Republic musical western. What plot there is consists of Autry running afoul of masked robbers. Thrown from a speeding train, Autry is rescued by comedy relief Smiley Burnette and grizzled Earle Hodgins. Autry takes a few more singing breaks, then brings the robbers to justice. A 1951 William Elliott western, also titled Oh, Susanna! is not a remake. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm
Gene Autry and his sidekick, Smiley Burnette, are suspected of cattle rustling in this action-packed Republic Pictures Western directed by former actor Mack V. Wright. Actually, Gene and Frog (Burnette) had been chasing a couple of real cattle rustlers, Apache Kid (Max Hoffman Jr.) and Black Jim (Charles King), when they discovered the bodies of two lawmen. Realizing that the rustlers killed their pursuers, our heroes get the bright idea of masquerading in the apparel left by the outlaws. Heading for the border, things get even more complicated, but Gene and his pal manage to stay alive and catch the secret leader of the gang, Joe Stafford (Monte Blue), the supposed upstanding head of the cattlemen's association. When they're not chasing down rustlers, Autry, Burnette, and Al Clauser and his Oklahoma Outlaws perform "The Old Home Place," "Mexicali Rose," and the title tune, all by Sol Meyer, Jule Styne, and Raoul Kraushaar. Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm was partially filmed on-location in Lone Pine, CA, where the production took advantage of a terrific real-life storm. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Gene Autry - Tex
- Smiley Burnette - Frog
- Ann Rutherford - Lettie
- Barbara Pepper - Honey
- Warner P. Richmond - Buck LaCrosse