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Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937)

The old west range war story transported to Georgia, with Autry as the hero.

Director:

Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)

Writers:

Jack Natteford (screen play), Stuart E. McGowan (screen play) (as Stuart McGowan) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Colonel Millhouse
Betty Bronson ... Milly Baynum
LeRoy Mason ... Len Parker (as Le Roy Mason)
Charles Middleton ... Gene Autry Sr.
Russell Simpson ... Bayliss Baynum
The Tennessee Ramblers The Tennessee Ramblers ... Comic Musicians (as Tennessee Ramblers)
Jack Dougherty ... Jeff Galloway
Guy Wilkerson ... Turpentiner Zeke
Frankie Marvin ... Luke
Henry Hall ... Sheriff Martin
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Sam (as Snowflake)
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Storyline

Parker steals cattle from the cattlemen and blames it on the turpentiners. Then he incites the cattlemen to burn down the turpentiners trees. When Gene finds the rustled cattle he tries to kill him. Failing, he kills both Gene's father and Bayliss Baynam and has Gene arrested for Baynum's murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Music | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hero of Pine Ridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2004 restoration) (original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Col. Millhouse: Marvelous, Autry, marvelous! You certainly have that animal trained and I don't see how you do it. What's the secret?
Gene Autry: The secret in training a horse, Colonel, is that, ah, you have to know more than the horse!
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Connections

Edited from Annie Oakley (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op.314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Performed by The Tennessee Ramblers
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Even for a Gene Autry film, this one is odd and makes little sense.
26 June 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins around the Georgia/Florida border. Ranchers and the 'Turpentines' (local hill people) are at odds with each other. In the middle is Gene Autry—who tries to get both sides to see reason and avoid an all out war. Unfortunately, he ends up ticking off both sides and Gene's father disowns him. As for Gene, he lands on his feet—becoming a rodeo champ and singing sensation. When he returns home after a few years, things have NOT improved but have become a lot worse. So, it's up to our star to find out who's behind the fight—who is stirring up BOTH sides as well as why.

The idea of setting a Gene Autry movie in the Georgia/Florida region was very good—a nice change of pace. After all, back in the 1930s (and even today) northern Florida is home to many ranches and horses are very common there. However, and this is a BIG however, the film looked exactly like any other Gene Autry film—with cowboys, dusty trails and even a canyon—yet there are no canyons in Florida or Georgia and they are also not dusty/desert locales. In fact, they have TONS of rain, foliage, palm trees and the like—none of which you see in "Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge"! It's obviously just another California back lot production and the filmmakers took no efforts to even try to make it look like the film was set in the East. To me, this was incredibly lazy and brings up a major problem with many B-westerns—they were produced so quickly that shabby mistakes are too common.

Another problem in the film is the singing. While Autry always had a very nice voice, one of the other singing groups (the ladies who sing at about 34 minutes into the film) are just terrible—and I found myself speeding past their performance. Autry's yodeling, while unpleasant, was at least quite skilled.

All in all, a very disappointing film with little to recommend it. After all, who wants to see a 'western' set in the East Coast where none of this clearly took place?!


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