Melody Ranch

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The best-remembered of Gene Autry's Republic musical westerns, Melody Ranch was far from his best, though it was undeniably the most elaborate. More musical than western, the plot finds Autry elected honorary sheriff of Torpedo, Arizona during the annual Frontier Days celebration. The villains, led by Mark Wilbeck (Barton MacLaine), intend to use the festivities for criminal purposes, thus they set about to scare Autry out of town. But Gene manages to outmaneuver the bad guys, winning the heart of radio singer Julie (Ann Miller) in the process. The strong supporting cast includes the one and only Jimmy Durante as easterner Cornelius J. Courtenay (for his riding scenes, the timorous Durante had to be strapped to the saddle lest he fall victim to "a catastrastroke") and radio comedienne Barbara Jo Allen in her usual guise as man-chasing Vera Vague (here rechristened Veronica Whippe). Originally released at 80 minutes, Melody Ranch is generally available only in its 54-minute TV reissue form.


Gene Autry
as Gene Autry
Jimmy Durante
as Cornelius J. Courtney
Ann Miller
as Julie Shelton
Barton MacLane
as Mark Wildhack
Jerome Cowan
as Tommy Summerville
Mary Lee
as Penny
Joe Sawyer
as Jasper Wildhack
Horace MacMahon
as Bud Wildhack
Clarence Wilson
as Judge Henderson
Ruth Gifford
as Majorette
Maxine Ardell
as Majorette
Veda Ann Borg
as Receptionist
George Chandler
as Taxi Driver
Jack Ingram
as Radio Actor
John Merton
as Wildhack Warner
Tom London
as Henchman Joe #2
Edmund Cobb
as Autry Voter
Charles "Slim" Whitaker
as Autry Voter on Trolley
Curley Dresden
as Autry Rider
Dick Elliott
as Sheriff Barstow
Billy Bletcher
as Scarlet Shadow Radio Actor
Art Mix
as Rancher
Herman Hack
as Frank #2
Jack Kirk
as Heavy Man on Bus
Wally West
as Townsman
Frankie Marvin
as Mandolin Player
Tex Cooper
as Autry Better
Chick Hannon
as Wildhack Cohort
Tom Smith
as Henchman
Horace McMahon
as Bud Wildhack
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