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The Old Barn Dance (1938)

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An enjoyably silly Gene Autry romp, this music Western had an early ecological message: Horse-power instead of tractors. Or at least tractors manufactured by greedy Thornton Farming Equipment. Having lost his horse-trading business to Thornton (Ivan Miller), Autry signs with Helen Valkis' local Grainville radio station. But unbeknownst to the singer, the program is sponsored by none other than Thornton, and when the farmers cannot live up to the greedy manufacturer's finance plan, they blame Autry. In typical Autry style, Autry not only bests Thornton on the business front, but also receives more attention at the local fair than the Thornton-sponsored Big City entertainment.

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Cast

Gene Autry
as Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette
as Frog Milhouse
Sammy McKim
as Johnny Dawson
Helen Valkis
as Sally Dawson
Roy Rogers
as Singer
Ivan Miller
as Thornton
Earle Hodgins
as Terwilliger
Earl Hodgins
as Terwilliger
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The lively modern-day Western makes for an enjoyable Gene Autry singing cowboy picture about corrupt businessmen tarnishing the honest cowboy's good name.

August 27, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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