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Film Info

Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm

1937
Republic Pictures
Production #: 605
60 minutes

Synopsis:
Gene Autry is co-owner of a ranch where, during a party one evening, rustlers strike, taking a large herd of cattle to the Mexican Border. Gene and his pal Frog Millhouse take off after the rustlers and become mixed up in a comedy of errors when they don the clothes of two dead outlaws, only to learn that the outlaws are really dead sheriffs, dressed in outlaw's clothes. The real outlaws, Jim and the Apache Kid, are very much alive and roaming the countryside at large under the protection of the Sheriffs' clothes. The cattlemen mistake Gene and Frog for bandits, and mistake the bandits, of course, for sheriffs. One of the head cattlemen, Stafford, is in league with the bandits, and helps Gene and Frog "escape," thereby establishing himself as the guilty party in the cattle thefts that have been taking place throughout the region. Stafford directs them to his own home, where his niece and stepdaughter mistake Gene and Frog for the outlaws and attempt to deliver them to the Sheriff. Stafford orders Frog and Gene to take the stolen cattle over the border. A storm breaks out and Gene, Frog, and the girls are forced to take refuge in a shack. While Frog and Gene sleep, the girls disarm, bind and gag them. Meanwhile, the real villains appear, complicating matters. Gene and Frog make a clever escape, round up the rustlers, recover the stolen cattle and bring the culprits to justice. Stafford is killed by his own henchmen, who later are apprehended by Gene and Frog.

Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Frog Millhouse Smiley Burnette
Rosa Armida
Stafford Monte Blue
Buffalo Brady Hal Taliaferro
Mary Ann Pendleton
Apache Kid Max Hoffman, Jr.
Jim Charles King
Hank Frankie Marvin
Ynez Nina Campana
Charlie Charles Meyers
Rangers Al Clauser and his Oklahoma Outlaws
Champion Champion

Songs:

THE OLD HOME PLACE Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Al Clauser and his Oklahoma Outlaws, Cast
LITTLE BLACK BRONC Smiley Burnette
HOT PELICAN Instrumental
I HATE TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE PRAIRIE Gene Autry
MEXICALI ROSE Gene Autry
SPANISH DANCE Instrumental
TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN ROSE Al Clauser and his Oklahoma Outlaws
THE DYING COWGIRL Smiley Burnette
MEXICALI ROSE Gene Autry, Armida

Crew:

Director Mack V. Wright
Associate Producer Armand Schaefer
Screenplay Jack Natteford
Original Story Johnston McCulley
Photography William Nobles
Supervising Editor Murray Seldeen
Film Editor Tony Martinelli
Sound Engineer Terry Kellum
Musical Supervision Raoul Kraushaar
Songs Gene Autry, Fleming Allen, Al Clauser, Tex Hoepner, Jack Natteford

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