Songs and Saddles (June 1, 1938)

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Songs and Saddles
 

Released on June 1, 1938: 1938 radio singing star Gene Austin helps rancher Pop Turner when the town banker tries to take over his ranch and kill him.

Directed by Harry L. Fraser

The Actors: Gene Austin (Gene Austin), Lynn Berkeley (Carol Turner), Henry Roquemore (lawyer Jed Hill), Walter Wills (Charlie 'Pop' Turner), Ted Claire (Mark Bower), Joan Brooks (Lucy), Karl Hackett (George Morrow), Charles King (Lewis Sheppard, aka Falcon), John Merton (Rocky Renaut), Candy Hall (Slim), Coco Heimel (Porky), John Elliott (Sheriff John Lawton), Ben Corbett (henchman Sparks), Bob Terry (henchman Klinker), Lloyd Ingraham (Judge Harrison), Budd Buster (townsman), Jack Hendricks (barfly), Buck Morgan (henchman), Bud Pope (deputy Bud), Forrest Taylor (deputy Forrest), Francis Walker (townsman)

 

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I Fell Down & Broke My Heart

Well . . . I just gotta tell ya . . . I'm not the kind of fellow that tries to tell you about how every movie sucks when compared to Gone with the Wind or Casablanca . . . almost all movies suck by comparison to some of the best . . . I look instead for the good parts of every movie . . . knowing that even if the movie had a 'B' budget, good honest actors, directors and authors went on the set every morning and gave their very best. This is one of those movies that I suggest you pay little attention to the plot, and just enjoy the performances of some of the fine men and women in the show. Henry Roquemore acted in more motion pictures than many of the biggest stars of Hollywood, albeit in small bit parts. In this movie he absolutely shines as the lawyer who always enjoys a nip when he can sneak one. He is 52 years old in this movie, and will only live 5 more years, passing in 1943 at the age of 57 with 286 motion pictures to his credit. While I wouldn't vote for Gene Austin, the leading man in this picture, as a cowboy as good as Roy Rogers or Gene Autry, his career is noteworthy and this peek at the man is fascinating. He was born in 1900, and at the age of 15 ran away from his Louisiana home and managed to sing on a vaudeville stage in Houston, Texas, and the audience just loved him. His vaudeville career didn't last long because two years later when World War I broke out he joined the Army with the desire to fight in Europe, but he wound up in Mexico with General John Pershing's Pancho Villa expedition and he was awarded the Mexican Service Medal, before finally getting to fight in France. After the war he thought he would become a dentist, but his musical abilities dominated his life and he became a well-known vaudeville performer writing and singing original songs, later to become a recording star and movie star in stories like this one. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy meeting several great actors from the early days of motion pictures.

Candy Hall as Slim
Candy Hall as Slim
Gene Austin, Walter Wills and HEnry Roquemore
Gene Austin, Walter Wills and HEnry Roquemore
Gene Austin in Songs and Saddles
Gene Austin in Songs and Saddles
Henry Roquemore and Walter Ills in Songs and Saddles
Henry Roquemore and Walter Ills in Songs and Saddles
Henry Roquemore takes a nip and Walte Wills eats Krinkles breakfast cereal
Henry Roquemore takes a nip and Walte Wills eats Krinkles breakfast cereal
Henry Roquemore as Lawyer Jed Hill
Henry Roquemore as Lawyer Jed Hill
Joan Brooks as Lucy
Joan Brooks as Lucy
John Elliott as Sheriff John Lawton
John Elliott as Sheriff John Lawton
John Merton and Karl Hackett and Charles King
John Merton and Karl Hackett and Charles King
John Merton and Karl Hackett in Songs and Saddles
John Merton and Karl Hackett in Songs and Saddles
Karl Hackett and Charles King
Karl Hackett and Charles King
Karl Hacket and John Merton
Karl Hacket and John Merton
Karl Hackett as banker George Morrow
Karl Hackett as banker George Morrow
Lloyd Ingraham as Judge Harrison
Lloyd Ingraham as Judge Harrison
Lynne Berkeley, Henry Roquemore and Gene Austin
Lynne Berkeley, Henry Roquemore and Gene Austin
Lynn Berkeley as Carol Turner
Lynn Berkeley as Carol Turner
Lynn Berkeley holds Gene Austin tightly
Lynn Berkeley holds Gene Austin tightly
Lynn Berkeley listens as Gene Austin sings to her
Lynn Berkeley listens as Gene Austin sings to her
Ted Claire and Gene Austin in Songs and Saddles
Ted Claire and Gene Austin in Songs and Saddles
Ted Claire as manager Mark Bower
Ted Claire as manager Mark Bower
Walter Wills and Henry Roquemore in Songs and Saddles
Walter Wills and Henry Roquemore in Songs and Saddles
Walter Wills and John Merton face off over the deed to the ranch
Walter Wills and John Merton face off over the deed to the ranch