Songs and Bullets (May 15, 1938)

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Songs and Bullets
 

Released on May 15, 1938: A singing cowboy and his side-kick get arrested by a corrupt town Sheriff and are accused of rustling the ranchers' cattle.

Produced by Jed Buell and Stan Laurel

Directed by Sam Newfield

The Actors: Fred Scott (Melody Smith), Al St. John (Fuzzy Martin), Alyce Ardell (Jeanette Du Mont), Charles King (Sheriff), Karl Hackett (Harry Skelton), Frank LaRue (Mr. Morgan), Richard Cramer (outlaw leader), Budd Buster (old-timer Zeke), Jimmy Aubrey (first gunman), Lew Porter (piano player Lew), Sherry Tansey (hired gunman), John Elliott (man in gun fight), Chick Hannan (posse rider), Carl Mathews (henchman), Tom Smith (rancher), Wally West (cowhand)

 

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Dum-Dum 45's and the French Schoolteacher

Papa was a preacher and we were never permitted to watch movies at a movie theater because our ticket money would help support the wicked lifestyles of Hollywood actors. Keep your eye on the French school teacher in this story, I have some wicked Hollywood adultery gossip about her, but first the gun-shootin' action for us youngsters that like a good cowboy story. Fred Scott, the resident baritone singer at the San Francisco Opera House appears in this adventure as fast-shootin' Melody Smith, our singing cowboy hero. Dry Gulch has a problem with rustlers and the Sheriff can't seem to capture any of them. I was surprised to learn that the Sheriff in this adventure was Charles King, my favorite cowboy bad-guy. He seldom got much face time in his many cowboy movie appearances, but for some reason I connected with him on some level and I decided that if I were living in his time I would have tried to make him one of my best friends. To see him as the Sheriff would be different . . . or maybe not, because we quickly learn that he is partners with the bad-guy head of the rustlers, so I was happy that Hollywood studio type-casting was not destroyed by his role as a Sheriff. Melody Smith and side-kick Fuzzy Martin are headed to Dry Gulch to discover who killed Melody's uncle, the Sheriff before Charles King took over. Melody Smith and hotel-bar owner Mr. Morgan have discovered that dum-dum 45 bullets were used to kill Melody's uncle, and if they can discover who is using the dum-dum bullets they will have the killer, and probably the leader of the rustlers. Soon after Melody Smith and Fuzzy arrive in town a new French school teacher arrives in town and all the men start drooling for her attention. Now, in my humble opinion she is no Lauren Bacall, but her part calls for all the men to be stricken with her great French beauty. Stan Laurel, half of the famous Laurel and Hardy comedy team, produced this motion picture as a business venture, and Alyce Ardell, who played the part of schoolteacher Jeanette Du Mont, was his secret mistress . . . . . Papa would roll over in his grave today and say 'I told you so' . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Al St. John and Fred Scott
Al St. John and Fred Scott
Al St. John and Fred Scott
Al St. John and Fred Scott
Al St. John, Karl Hackett and Alyce Ardell
Al St. John, Karl Hackett and Alyce Ardell
Al St. John
Al St. John
Alyce Ardell and Charles King
Alyce Ardell and Charles King
Alyce Ardell and Frank LaRue
Alyce Ardell and Frank LaRue
Alyce Ardell, Lew Porter and Fred Scott
Alyce Ardell, Lew Porter and Fred Scott
Alyce Ardell
Alyce Ardell
Budd Buster and Al St. John
Budd Buster and Al St. John
Charles King
Charles King
Charles King
Charles King
Charles King in Songs and Bullets
Charles King in Songs and Bullets
Frank LaRue
Frank LaRue
Fred Scott
Fred Scott
Fred Scott
Fred Scott
Fred Scott and Al St. John in jail
Fred Scott and Al St. John in jail
Fred Scott and Al St. John
Fred Scott and Al St. John
Fred Scott and Al St. John
Fred Scott and Al St. John
Fred Scott and Frank LaRue
Fred Scott and Frank LaRue
Fred Scott sings for Alyce Ardell
Fred Scott sings for Alyce Ardell
Fred Scott
Fred Scott
Karl Hackett
Karl Hackett
Karl Hackett and Alyce Ardell
Karl Hackett and Alyce Ardell
Karl Hackett and Alyce Ardell
Karl Hackett and Alyce Ardell
Karl Hackett and Charles King in the school house
Al Ritz
Karl Hackett and Charles King
Karl Hackett and Charles King
Karl Hackett, Frank LaRue and Charles King
Karl Hackett, Frank LaRue and Charles King
Karl Hackett
Karl Hackett
Richard Cramer
Richard Cramer