Melody Ranch

Melody Ranch

Director: Joseph Santley Cast: Gene Autry, Jimmy Durante, Ann Miller

DVD (Black & White)


Beautifully restored to its original theatrical length of 84 minutes by the Gene Autry Foundation, Melody Ranch is a bright, tuneful, and at times quite action-packed piece of B-Western extravaganza, Republic style. The victim of both a drop in ratings and a tardy leading lady, radio star Gene Autry is only too happy to oblige when old friend Pop Laramie (George "Gabby" Hayes) proposes that he return to his hometown of Torpedo as honorary sheriff during the upcoming Frontier Day celebration. With leading lady Julie Shelton (Ann Miller), city slicker announcer Cornelius Courtney (Jimmy Durante), and bemused sponsor Tommy Summerville (Jerome Cowan) in tow, Gene takes Torpedo by storm. That is, everyone except the Wildhack brothers (Barton MacLane, Joe Sawyer, and Horace MacMahon), old enemies who take umbrage to Gene's lampooning them on his daily broadcast. Julie, meanwhile, falls in love with the Wild and Woolly West in general and Gene in particular, and when the crooner proposes to leave show business and run for the office of sheriff for real, she decides to stay as well. The Wildhack brothers, meanwhile, attempt to sabotage the election, but Gene and his pals persevere against the odds. Produced at a cost of 500,000 dollars, Melody Ranch was the first Autry Western to be booked into first-run theaters, which had been Republic Pictures' goal all along. Autry, Ann Miller, Jimmy Durante, Mary Lee, and Bob Wills and His Playboys perform "Melody Ranch," "We Never Dream the Same Dream Twice," "Call of the Canyon," "My Gal Sal," "Torpedo Joe," "What Cowboys Are Made Of," and "Rodeo Rose," all by Jule Styne and Eddie Cherkose, and a good time is had by all.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
UPC: 0014381399424
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Reminiscing with Gene Autry and Pat Buttram at the "Melody Ranch Theater"; Excerpts from the original "Melody Ranch Radio Show"; Production and publicity stills; Poster and lobby card art; original press kit material; Trivia and movie facts

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Autry Gene
Jimmy Durante Cornelius J. Courtney
Ann Miller Julie Shelton
Barton MacLane Mark Wildhack
Barbara Jo Allen Veronica Whipple
George "Gabby" Hayes Pop
Jerome Cowan Tommy Summerville
Mary Lee Penny
Joe Sawyer Jasper Wildhack
Clarence H. Wilson Judge Henderson
William Benedict Slim
Maxine Ardell Actor
Billy Bletcher Actor
Veda Ann Borg Actor
Champion (The Horse) Actor
George Chandler Actor
George Cheseboro Actor
Edmund Cobb Actor
Tex Cooper Actor
Curley Dresden Actor
Dick Elliott Actor
Herman Hack Actor
Chick Hannon Actor
Lloyd Ingraham Actor
Jack Ingram Actor
Tiny Jones Actor
Jack Kirk Actor
Tom London Actor
Frankie Marvin Actor
John Merton Actor
Art Mix Actor
Horace Murphy Actor
Tom Smith Actor
Wally West Actor
Charles "Slim" Whitaker Actor
Texas Playboys Actor
Horace McMahon Bud Wildhack
Merrill McCormack Actor

Technical Credits
Joseph Santley Director
Joseph H. August Cinematographer
Ray Golden Screenwriter
Frederick Hugh Herbert Screenwriter
Raoul Kraushaar Musical Direction/Supervision
John C. Moffitt Screenwriter
Jack Moffitt Screenwriter
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Murray Seldeen Editor
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Jule Styne Score Composer

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