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Film Info

The Singing Hill

1941
Republic Pictures
Production #: 1004
75 minutes

Synopsis:
Foreman Gene Autry, head of the Cattlemen's association, is determined to prevent the Circle R Ranch's spoiled society girl owner, Jo Adams, from selling the property to John Ramsey. The ranch's vast grazing lands have been free range for all the neighborhood ranchers and Ramsey will close the land to the ranchers. In order to get an audience with Jo, Gene, Frog Millhouse, and the orphaned Patsy masquerade as musicians to play at one of Jo's lavish parties. Gene discloses that he is the foreman and pleads with her to reconsider her plan to sell the ranch. Jo angrily refuses. She soon reveals that she has already spent the $25,000 down payment to pay off her debts. Gene, with the help of his old friend Judge Starrbottle, has Jo declared incompetent and Gene appointed guardian of her affairs, much to Jo's great indignation. Gene and the cattlemen pool their herds to raise the money to repay Ramsey. Ramsey's henchmen crash a truck into a dam, flooding the canyon where the herds are bedded down for the night on their way to the railroad station. All of the cattle are either stampeded or drowned, and Gene and his friends regretfully depart the Circle R. Jo, touched by the ranchers' loss, is ashamed that her own selfishness is the cause of them losing their homes and determines to right her wrong and prevent the sale from going through. Ramsey is brought to justice, and happy days return to the valley.

Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Frog Millhouse Smiley Burnette
Josephine Adams Virginia Dale
Patsy Mary Lee
Judge Starrbottle Spencer Charters
Dada Gerald Oliver Smith
John Ramsey George Meeker
Pop Sloan Wade Boteler
James Morgan Harry Stubbs
Cactus Cactus Mack
Flint Jack Kirk
Champion Champion

Songs:

PATSY'S BIRTHDAY ROUTINE Mary Lee
I'LL GO RIDIN' DOWN THAT OLD TEXAS TRAIL Gene Autry, Mary Lee, Smiley Burnette, Cactus Mack
TUMBLED DOWN SHACK IN HAVANA Virginia Dale
BLUEBERRY HILL Gene Autry
LET A SMILE BE YOUR UMBRELLA Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Lee, Extras
SAIL THE SEVEN SEAS Mary Lee, Smiley Burnette
THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED HOEDOWN Gene Autry
THE LAST ROUND-UP Gene Autry, Studio Singers
THERE'LL NEVER BE ANOTHER PAL LIKE YOU Gene Autry
I'LL GO RIDIN' DOWN THAT OLD TEXAS TRAIL Gene Autry, Virginia Dale, Smiley Burnette, Mary Lee, Extras

Crew:

Director Lew Landers
Associate Producer Harry Grey
Screenplay Olive Cooper
Original Story Jesse Lasky, Jr., Richard Murphy
Production Manager Al Wilson
Photography William Nobles
Film Editor Les Orlebeck
Musical Supervisor Raoul Kraushaar

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