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Film Info

Tumbling Tumbleweeds

1935
Republic Pictures
Production #: 400 or TT
61 minutes

Synopsis:
Gene Autry returns home as the co-owner of a traveling medicine show after a five-year absence following a quarrel with his father. On their way to town, the troupe finds a badly wounded Harry Brooks, Gene's old friend, in an abandoned shack. Before he loses consciousness, Brooks gasps that he is not guilty of an unspecified crime. The sheriff's posse arrives, but Brooks has hidden. Gene believes Brooks has been framed when Blaze Williams, a member of the posse, returns later to shoot him. Gene hides the wounded man in the medicine wagon and starts for town. Meanwhile, Blaze tells his boss, Barney Craven, that Brooks is hidden in the wagon. In town, Gene learns that Brooks' crime is the murder of Gene's father. Rushing out to the wagon, Gene finds that Brooks is gone. Thinking his wife, Janet, may have taken him away, Gene heads to the Brooks ranch with his friends Smiley Burnette and McWade. Craven's men follow Gene. Janet and McWade convince Gene that Brooks is not guilty by telling him that Brooks sold water rights to Gene's father, which Craven wanted, so he killed the older man, framing Brooks. Gene captures Craven's men with the aid of one of his records, and then tricks Craven into rescuing them. Gene and his friends wait for Craven instead and fight to the finish. The culprits are thrown into jail, and Gene finds time to pay attention to the serious courtship of Janet's younger sister.

Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette Smiley Burnette
Jerry Lucille Browne
Dr. Parker George "Gabby" Hayes
Janet Norma Taylor
Barney Craven Edward Hearn
Eightball Eugene Jackson
McWade Jack Rockwell
Connors George Chesebro
Shorty Frankie Marvin
Champion Champion

Songs:

I'LL YODEL MY TROUBLES AWAY Gene Autry
TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Frankie Marvin
COWBOY MEDICINE SHOW Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Extras
CORN FED AND RUSTY Smiley Burnette
RIDIN' DOWN THE CANYON Gene Autry (with his own recording)
THAT SILVER HAIRED DADDY OF MINE Gene Autry
TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS Gene Autry
CORN FED AND RUSTY Smiley Burnette
TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS Gene Autry, Extras

Crew:

Director Joseph Kane
Producer Nat Levine
Supervisor Armand Schaefer
Original Story Alan Ludwig
Screenplay Ford Beebe
Supervising Editor Joseph H. Lewis
Photography Ernest Miller
Film Editor Lester Orlebeck
Sound Engineer Terry Kellum
Sound Effects Roy Granville

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