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Film Info

Heart of the Rio Grande

1942
Republic Pictures
Production #: 1106
69 minutes

Synopsis:
As the new foreman of the Smoke River Ranch, Gene Autry must deal with a group of girls from a swank eastern school because his boss, Mrs. Forbes, is trying to make ends meet by running the place as a dude ranch. One of the girls, spoiled and precocious Connie Lane, is forced by her father to go to the ranch, so she decides to make life miserable for her schoolmates, her hosts, and her teacher, pretty Alice Bennett. Her escapades include staying on the train when it leaves the Smoke River station, trying to take a high jump on a horse not trained as a jumper, sending her father letters accusing her hosts of mistreating her complete with staged photographs, and attempting to run away from the ranch in a truck with faulty brakes. Gene rescues her just before she wrecks the truck on a curve, and then gives her a sound lecture on sportsmanship and fair play, which makes a considerable impression upon her. Now thoroughly on Gene's side, she tries to help him win a bronc-busting wager with Happy Callahan, the former foreman, by cutting the cinch on Callahan's saddle. A misunderstanding results, leaving Callahan with rancor in his heart. At the same time, Connie's father arrives at the ranch, vowing to "rescue" his daughter from her ill treatment. Frog Millhouse and Tadpole extend Mr. Lane's stay by rigging his plane. Soon, though, he comes under the spell of Gene's forthright honesty and good sportsmanship. During a round up, Callahan, attempting to kill Gene, sets off a small avalanche. Gene rescues Connie, her father resolves to be a better parent, and all is well at the ranch.

Cast:
Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Frog Millhouse Smiley Burnette
Alice Bennett Fay McKenzie
Connie Lane Edith Fellows
Lane Pierre Watkin
Tadpole Millhouse Joe Strauch, Jr.
Hap Callahan William Haade
Mrs. Forbes Sarah Padden
Pudge Jean Porter
Musical Group The Jimmy Wakely Trio
Champion Champion

Songs:
LET ME RIDE DOWN IN
ROCKY CANYON
Gene Autry and Extras
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Extras and Joe Stauch, Jr.
DUSK ON THE PAINTED DESERT Gene Autry
OH WOE IS ME Smiley Burnette
RUMBLE SEAT FOR TWO Gene Autry and The Jimmy Wakely Trio
RANCHO PILLOW Gene Autry
RAINBOW IN THE NIGHT Edith Fellows
CIMARRON The Jimmy Wakely Trio
I'LL WAIT FOR YOU Gene Autry and Fay McKenzie
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS Gene Autry and Cast

Crew:
Directed by William Morgan
Associate Producer Harry Grey
Screenplay Lillie Hayward – Winston Miller
Based on a Story by Newlin B. Wildes
Photography Harry Neumann, A.S.C.
Film Editor Les Orlebeck
Musical Supervisor Raoul Kraushaar
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