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The Old Barn Dance (1938)

Autry and his buddies have a horse selling business which is threatened by a tractor company which claims horses are out of date.

Director:

Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)

Writers:

Bernard McConville (original screen play), Charles F. Royal (original screen play) (as Charles Francis Royal)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Joan Valerie ... Sally Dawson (as Helen Valkis)
Sammy McKim ... Johnny Dawson
Walt Shrum and His Colorado Hillbillies Walt Shrum and His Colorado Hillbillies ... Musicians (as Walter Shrum and his Colorado Hillbillies)
The Stafford Sisters The Stafford Sisters ... Trio of Comic Singers (as Stafford Sisters)
Maple City Four Maple City Four ... Comic Singers
Roy Rogers ... Singer (as Dick Weston)
Ivan Miller Ivan Miller ... Mr. Thornton
Earl Dwire ... Clem Handley
Hooper Atchley ... Maxwell
Ray Bennett ... Henchman Buck (as Raphael Bennett)
Carleton Young ... Peabody
Frankie Marvin ... Cowboy
Earle Hodgins ... Terwilliger
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Storyline

Sally Dawson gets Gene to sign a contract to sing on her struggling radio station. Gene is selling horses and unknown to him the sponsor of his program is the tractor company he is competing against. When the ranchers that bought tractors can't make their payments and Maxwell forecloses, the ranchers blame Autry. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dans på låven See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last film that Dick Weston aka Leonard Slye would appear in before becoming "Roy Rogers". The following year he would star as Roy Rogers in his first feature, Under Western Stars (1938). See more »

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Old Nell
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Gene fights dishonest tractor salesmen
26 December 2004 | by kentbartholomewSee all my reviews

Pretty standard early Gene Autry. Horse Traders, Gene and sidekick Smiley, find themselves suckered into a tractor peddling scheme, designed to swindle the local landowners, by unsuspecting radio station saleslady Sally Dawson (Joan Valerie). When the town blames them Gene and Smiley must prove their innocence and bring the bad guys to justice.

Gene cranks out a fair amount of tunes and Smiley contributes more than a fair share of comic relief in an average oater. This one is really more of a Musical with appearances by Walt Shrum and his Colorado Hillbillies and the Stafford Sisters.

The Old Barn Dance is also notable because it gave rise to bit player "Dick Weston" AKA Roy Rogers who would soon become Republics number one Singing Cowboy.


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