Songs and Saddles (June 1, 1938)
Released on June 1, 1938: (running time 47 minutes) 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
Written by Arthur A Brooks and 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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Just Molly and Me, and Baby makes three, in My Blue Heaven
Mexican revolutionary military leader Pancho Villa ruled much of the northern border of Mexico with the United States during the first years of the 1900’s. His rebellion against Mexican corruption was supported by the United States until the Mexican leadership turned to democracy. At that point, President Woodrow Wilson withdrew his support of the Mexican revolutionary. In January 1916, an angry Pancho Villa kidnapped and killed eighteen Americans in retaliation.
About this time a young boy was playing piano to entertain the gentlemen visiting a parlor-house in the vice area of New Orleans. His step-father was a large man who owned a blacksmith shop who discovered that the boy was working in a house of prostitution, and he took his anger out on the boy, forbidding him to continue working at the parlor-house.
At this same time, General Pershing was in New Orleans looking for men to join an effort to punish Pancho Villa for kidnapping and killing Americans, and fifteen-year-old Gene Austin quickly signed up for the Mexican Punitive Expedition so that he could get away from his punitive father.
Gene Austin later served in World War One, but after the war he went back to his love of music, composing and singing songs that began to be known as “Southern Pop.” In the late 1920’s he wrote “My Blue Heaven.” This song was the most popular song in America for more than a decade, making Gene Austin a wealthy and famous singer.
The song that would replace “My Blue Heaven” as the most popular song in America was sung by Bing Crosby and is still today the song sold and loved by far more than any other song, “White Christmas.”
In this adventure, Gene Austin is himself, a famous country western singer traveling from concert to concert in his big touring bus. In this story he has no parents, but a great fondness for Pop Turner who brought him up. Unfortunately, just before Gene Austin gets to Pop Turner’s ranch, an outlaw shoots Pop Turner and creates a fake will, giving the ranch to an evil banker. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Candy Hall as Slim
Gene Austin in Songs and Saddles
Henry Roquemore, Walter Hills, Gene Austin
Henry Roquemore, Walter Wills
John Merton, Ben Corbett
John Merton, Karl Hackett
Karl Hackett, John Merton
Lynne Berkeley, Gene Austin
Walter Wills, John Merton