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Melody Ranch (1940)

Melody Ranch





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On a visit to his hometown during a festival, honorary sheriff Gene Autry is called into duty to foil a gang of outlaws (led by Barton MacLane). With the inclusion of ten songs (by Jule Styne & Eddie Cherkose), and appearances by Jimmy Durante and Ann Miller, Melody Ranch functions more as a musical than western.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ray Golden, Frederick Hugh Herbert, Jack Moffitt, John C. Moffitt
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005


Gene Autry
as Gene Autry
Jimmy Durante
as Cornelius J. Courtne...
Ann Miller
as Julie Shelton
Barton MacLane
as Mark Wildhack
Vera Vague
as Veronica Whipple
Jerome Cowan
as Tommy Summerville
Mary Lee
as Penny
Joe Sawyer
as Jasper Wildhack
Horace MacMahon
as Bud Wildhack
Clarence H. Wilson
as Judge Henderson
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
Curley Dresden
as Autry Rider
Dick Elliott
as Sheriff Barstow
Billy Bletcher
as Scarlet Shadow Radio...
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
Charles "Slim" Whita...
as Autry Voter on Troll...
Chick Hannon
as Wildhack Cohort
Horace McMahon
as Bud Wildhack
Tom Smith
as Henchman
Barbara Jo Allen
as Veronica Whipple
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One of the better Autry "Westerns." If you've never seen one of these it's sort of like HR Puppenstuff for the 1940's Western kiddie crowd. If Autry didn't do drugs his writers certainly did as there is usually some bizarre angle in his films. In this case Gabby Hays Street car which for some odd reason has about 10,000 miles of track running across the desert and links every single rancher homestead and seemigly can run as fast as a Japanese bullet train. The rest of the film is pretty straight forward with good guys/ bad guys and lots of singing and comedy. Features one of the bigger shoot-outs for an Autry film.

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