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Down Mexico Way (1941)

After the bad guys swindle the good folk of Sage City, Gene and Frog chase them to Mexico where they are now trying to rob a rich Mexican ranchero.


Joseph Santley


Dorrell McGowan (story), Stuart E. McGowan (story) (as Stuart McGowan) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Fay McKenzie ... Maria Elena Alvarado
Harold Huber ... Pancho Grande
Sidney Blackmer ... Ellery Gibson
Joe Sawyer ... Allen
Andrew Tombes ... Mayor Tubbs
Murray Alper ... Flood
Arthur Loft ... Homer Gerard
Duncan Renaldo ... Juan
Paul Fix ... Henchman Davis
Julian Rivero ... Don Carlos Alvarado
Ruth Robinson Ruth Robinson ... Mercedes
Thornton Edwards Thornton Edwards ... Rurale Captain Rodriguez
The Herrera Sisters The Herrera Sisters ... Singers


Two swindlers, Allen (Joe Sawyer) and Flood (Murray Alper), posing as motion pictures producers, are selling fake stock in a movie and inducing the citizens of Sage City to invest their savings in a phony film which they say will star John Wayne. When Gene Autry (Gene Autry) and Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) discover the producers are phony, they trail the pair to Mexico with the aid of their friend and reformed Mexican ex-bandit Pancho Grande (Harold Huber). There the trio suspects Allen and Flood's cohorts, Gibson (Sidney Blackmier) and Homer Gerard (Arthur Loft) are about to pull the same swindler on Don Carlos Alvarado (Julian Rivero), a wealthy, well-respected citizen of San Ramon who has agreed to finance the swindlers' movie in exchange for a role in the film for his daughter Maria Elena (Fay McKenzie). She falls in love with Gene who warns her about the dishonest promoters. They devise a plan to expose the crooks who then make a last-ditch effort to rob the bank-car ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TOPS EVERY OTHER AUTRY HIT - Gene in his most likeable role...more songs...more thrills...more beautiful senoritas...a glamorous screen production that gives the most in entertainment and fun! (original poster)


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Release Date:

15 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção do México See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA 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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Did You Know?


The budget (expected cost of production) was exactly $124,947. The actual cot was $135,520. See more »


During the gunfight scene when one of the bad guys takes a shot at Pancho behind a tree, knocking his hat off, Pancho's horse is standing directly behind Pancho yet he doesn't get hit. See more »


Frog: Girls are all right, but look at that! Give me a beautiful steak anytime!
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Edited into Robin Hood of Texas (1947) See more »


A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas)
Written by Juan José Espinosa
English Lyrics by Abe Tuvim and Francia Luban
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One of Autry's Best!
6 April 2018 | by wise1tooSee all my reviews

First, you have to like the "B" genre film. Autry was at the peak of his popularity here, and with all audiences, not just kids. Smiley Burnette too. This film has a bit higher budget than the average Autry film and was considered to be a "special".

So why is this one of his best? Because it has the elements audiences wanted in 1941. Gene Autry, good songs, a decent plot ( That' if you like the genre) good action sequences, heroics, production and locations. It's all just pure escapism with a western twang.

Autry had roughly a 20 year career in films and TV. His films changed with the times, but this was his prime period. And this is in the top 10 of all his films. If this film isn't for you, chances are no Autry film will be.

And don;t forget he was a "real-life" hero and patriot. He gave up his career and served in WW2.

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