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Mountain Rhythm (1939)

Passed | | Western | 9 June 1939 (USA)
Standard western fare: Gene has to save the ignorant and naive from underhanded land grabs by the baddies.


B. Reeves Eason (as B. Reaves Eason)


Gerald Geraghty (screen play), Connie Lee (original story)


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Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
June Storey ... Alice
Maude Eburne ... Ma Hutchins
Ferris Taylor ... Judge Worthington
Walter Fenner Walter Fenner ... Mr. Cavanaugh
Jack Pennick ... Rocky
Hooper Atchley ... Mr. Daniels
Bernard Suss Bernard Suss ... MacCauley
Ed Cassidy ... Sheriff Dalrimple (as Edward Cassidy)
Jack Ingram ... Henchman Ed Carney
Tom London ... Deputy Tom
Roger Williams ... Rancher Kimball
Frankie Marvin ... Cowhand Burt


Cavanaugh and McCauley are after the ranchers land. When the Government announces the land will be put up for auction, the ranchers pool their money only to have it stolen by Cavanaugh's men. They then plan to sell their cattle but Cavanaugh announces a fake gold strike and the cowhands all leave. But Gene's hobo friend the Judge says he will get the cattle to market and he sends out a signal to his hobo friends. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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rancher | hobo | cattle | gold | auction | See All (34) »




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Release Date:

9 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


[first lines]
[commenting on Frog's rickety wagon]
Gene Autry: Boy, you'll be lucky if this thing holds till Pueblo City.
Frog Millhouse: Well, don't worry about it. It came all the way from Texas didn't it? I ain't walked yet!
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Oh, Dem Golden Slippers!
(1879) (uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland
Sung by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and hotel guests on the hayride
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Great stuff
18 November 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

A standard b western - highly enjoyable in other words. Although this one packs it into 58 minutes there's still room for Gene to sing 4 songs (3 of them before the action had really got started), a hayride medley, and still leaving time for one from the hoboes.

Land that ranchers have been using is put up for auction by the Government; they pool their resources to try to buy it back but are faced with the machinations of baddies who want to turn the whole place into a bustling tourist destination. Gene and Smiley help the ranchers collect the money but have it stolen … the chase is on to stop the baddies and win that auction. Do they make it? Be prepared for surprises! Plenty of stirring horse and gun action over the beautiful Republic countryside, gentle atmosphere, young June Storey sadly underused as usual but never looking lovelier, and some nice songs – especially Highways Are Happy Ways and It Makes No Difference Now – what more could a fan want? Except maybe a 2 hour Directors Cut.

I can watch these Autry films till the cows come home, stampeded or otherwise.

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