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|COW TOWN (director: John English; screenwriter: Gerald Geraghty; cinematographer: William Bradford; editor: Henry Batista; cast: Gene Autry (Himself), Gail Davis (Ginger Kirby), Harry Shannon (Sandy Reeves), Jock Mahoney (Tod Jeffreys), Harry Harvey (Sheriff), Clark 'Buddy' Burroughs (Duke Kirby), Steve Darrell (Hilliard/David Holister), Ted Mapes (Henchman Ed), Holly Bane (Henchman Phillips), House Peters Jr. (Henchman Saunders), Chuck Roberson (Henchman Mike), Ralph Sanford (Storekeeper Dalrymple); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Armand Schaefer; Columbia Pictures; 2010)|
|"Uninteresting but typical
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Uninteresting but typical Gene Autry musical Western, except for no sidekick. It's mechanically directed by John English ("The Strawberry Roan"/"Loaded Pistols"/"Riders of the Whistling Pines") to fit the usual Autry crowd pleasing formula and is plainly written by Gerald Geraghty. Gene's songs include: "Down in the Valley," "Buffalo Gals, Powder Your Face with Sunshine" and "Oh, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie."
It's filmed like a
semi-documentary, extolling the virtues of barbed wire
on the range to
prevent rustling and strays. It's set in modern times,
in a rural
ranching community in the Old West called Cow Town.
Because of rustling,
Autry uses barbed wire on his ranch, even though the
other ranchers are
skeptical their cattle will be injured. But Gene
cattle will automatically veer from the barbed wire.
owner Sandy Reeves (Harry Shannon) has plans to buy up the local ranches
after the devaluation of their properties by illegal
means and raise sheep
there instead. Sandy therefore has his hired thugs (Jock O'Mahoney, Holly Bane,
House Peters Jr., Chuck
Roberson and Ted
Mapes) cause a range war by
marking up the cattle in the area with barbed wire
marks and getting
cowpunchers all riled up by telling them they'll lose
because of the barbed wire. The range war divides the
will later learn that Sandy's ex-livery stable partner
Darrell) is the
escapee jailbird embezzler David
Holister and the two are partners in this scheme to
run the honest
ranchers off. Gene will then take care of the baddies
like he always
does, as the good guys once again defeat the bad guys.
complications allowed here.
Ralph Sanford plays the opportunistic general store owner Martin Dalrymple, who vacillates if it's better making a profit on the barbed wire or making friends with the opponents. He manages to side with those ahead in public opinion, at the time, as he switches sides a few times. Ginger Kirby (Gail Davis) plays Gene's cute new neighbor rancher, who lives with her wide-eyed teenager brother Duke (Clark 'Buddy' Burroughs). Gene offers Duke his saddle and paternal love; Ginger his hand to lift her up from a mudhole and platonic love; only Gene's horse Champion gets his full love.
REVIEWED ON 8/7/2010 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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