Yodelin Kid from Pine Ridge (June 14, 1937)
Released on June 14, 1937: A Georgia cattle rustler blames the Georgia turpentiners of stealing cattle and only Gene Autry can figure out who the real bad guys are.
Produced by Armand Schaefer
Directed by Joseph Kane
Written by Jack Natteford, Stuart E. McGowan and Dorrell McGowan
The Actors: Gene Autry (Gene Autry), Smiley Burnette (Colonel Millhouse), Betty Bronson (Milly Baynum), LeRoy Mason (Len Parker), Charles Middleton (Gene Autry Sr.), Russell Simpson (Bayliss Baynum), The Tennessee Ramblers (musicians), Jack Dougherty (Jeff Galloway), Guy Wilkerson (Turpentiner Zeke), Frankie Marvin (Luke), Henry Hall (Sheriff Martin), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (Sam), Chris Allen (rodeo spectator), W.J. Blair (member of the Tennessee Ramblers), Charles Brinley (cattle man), Ralph Bucko (cowhand), Roy Bucko (cowhand), Bob Burns (cattleman), Cecil Campbell (member of the Tennessee Ramblers), Jim Corey (henchman), Art Dillard (rodeo spectator), Bert Dillard (rodeo spectator), Jack Evans (Turpentiner), Oscar Gahan (Turpentiner), Herman Hack (Turpentiner), Dick Hartman (member of The Tennessee Ramblers), Jack Ingram (henchman), Jack Kirk (cattleman), Duke R. Lee (cattleman), Lew Meehan (henchman), Art Mix (Autry impersonator), Jack Montgomery (Joe), Buck Morgan (rodeo spectator), Lew Morphy (Turpentiner), George Morrell (townsman), Happy Morris (member of the Tennessee Ramblers), Bill Nestell (rustler's camp cook), Bud Osborne (Deputy Carter), Rose Plumer (townswoman), Hal Price (cattleman), Tom Randall (boy watching parade), Archie Ricks (henchman playing cards), Tom Smith (rodeo stagecoach driver), Al Taylor (Turpentiner Hank), Elmer Warren (member of the Tennessee Ramblers), Wally West (rodeo spectator), Pappy Wolf (member of the Tennessee Ramblers)
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The Georgia Turpentine Wars
Most cowboy adventures are Western tales of ranchers, horse rustlers and the one pretty girl. This cowboy adventure reminds us that there were and still are some great cattle ranches in Florida and Georgia, among the tall fir trees that provide the sap to produce Turpentine. As our Georgia adventure opens pretty Milly Baynum is trying to steal a calf from the herd of Gene Autry and the singing cowboy catches her at it. When she tells him that her father will beat her if she doesn't return with some food, Autry gives her the calf to take back to her father, who is a turpentiner . . . . . A Georgia mountain man who harvests the sap from the pine trees to earn a living as a Turpentiner. A common cowboy theme pits cattle men against sheep men or farmers, but in this odd tome we discover cattle ranchers trying to burn out the turpentiners. Gene Autry movies often were 'message' movies that illustrated tolerance of the folk around you who might have a different outlook on life, and this one tells us that cattle men and turpentiners can live in peace. . . Especially if the pretty daughter of a turpentine takes a shine to the handsome singing cowboy. When the cattle men decide to burn down the fir forest to make more grazing land, they know that they will also burn and kill the turpentiners working in the forest. Gene Autry rides ahead of the cattlemen and warns the turpentiners to get out before the fires are started, and the cattle men accuse Autry of siding with the turpentiners and Autry's father tells him to leave and never come back . . . . So Gene Autry sadly walks away and joins the circus. . . . . . You heard me right . . . . He joins a Wild West Circus as the main attraction and for much of the adventure we can experience the roots of country music with the Tennessee Ramblers. As the Wild West rodeo circus performs Gene learns that one of the cattle men is a rustler who has been stealing cattle and blaming it on the turpentiners, so for the big ending we will enjoy a showdown gunfight that will bring the bad guys to justice and allow Gene Autry to ride out of town with Milly in his arms, singing his way into the sweet Georgia sunset. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Charles Middleton and Gene Autry