Rancho Grande (1940)





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East meets west in this musical western starring singing cowboy Gene Autry. After the death of its owner, the financially troubled Rancho Grande is left to Kay Dodge (June Storey) and her siblings Patsy (Mary Lee) and Tom, (Dick Hogan), three wealthy young socialites from the East who are as unfamiliar with life on the range as they are with hard work and financial responsibility. Ranch foreman Gene (Gene Autry) has the unenviable task of giving the Dodges a crash course in running a ranch, and pitches in to help when they decide to turn the cattle operation into a "Dude Ranch" resort. Kay's lawyer Emory Benson (Ferris Taylor) encourages her in her plans, not knowing that he's also working with a group of farmers who are poised to take over the ranch if it fails; in order to hedge his bets, Benson hires a group of ne'er-do-wells to destroy the ranch's new irrigation system, and Gene and his fellow cowpokes must stand up and fight to protect their land. Rancho Grande includes musical numbers from Mary Lee and Smiley Burnette as well as Gene Autry.
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Gene Autry
as Gene
Mary Lee
as Patricia Fairfield Dodge
Dick Hogan
as Tom Dodge
Roy Barcroft
as Madden
Ellen Lowe
as Effie Tinker
Ferris Taylor
as Emory Benson
Rex Lease
as Travis
Ann Baldwin
as Susan Putnam
Edna Lawrence
as Rita Ross
Jack Ingram
as Adams
Bud Osborne
as Croupier Joe
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This was another of the better Autry westerns and gives the cast plenty to do. Autry's films usually place him in the role of not only stopping the bad guys (usually very rich men who are trying to monopolize everything and run the small business owner into an early grave) but also teaching a life lesson about working hard and standing up for what's right.

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

Above average Gene Autry western, light and entertaining with some good songs and a lively cast. The story is familiar but it's nicely handled here.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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