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Gene Autry Collection: Ridin on a Rainbow
Gene Autry Collection Ridin on a Rainbow
Actors: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Lee, Carol Adams, Ferris Taylor
Director: Lew Landers
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Special Interests, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2006     1hr 15min

Assisting in the search for murderous bank robbers, rancher Gene Autry goes undercover as a showboat entertainer to capture the crooks and recover the money. Key to their investigation is the young singer Patsy, played by ...  more »


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Actors: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Lee, Carol Adams, Ferris Taylor
Director: Lew Landers
Creators: William Nobles, Tony Martinelli, Harry Grey, Bradford Ropes, Doris Malloy
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Special Interests, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Outdoor Recreation, Musicals
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 07/25/2006
Original Release Date: 01/24/1941
Theatrical Release Date: 01/24/1941
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Kay's Husband | Virginia, U.S.A. | 10/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)


I don't know that Gene Autry ever made a strickly western western, mostly they are musical entertainments with a western background. Saw this movie recently on Encore Westerns and enjoyed every musical moment.

Between Gene and his sidekick Smiley the humor and music are up to par, and with Mary Lee things as usual are very good. She was one sensational gal who could take even a clunker of a song and make it sound good, and she is served up a couple of lesser songs in this movie. The tap dancing of Carol Adams is something different to an Autry venue and it is also very good.

The combination of plot and riverboat minstrel show are a sure bet to entertain for the 75 minute movie. The bad guys are bank robbers and though they do murder a couple people, the violence is almost non existent and typical to a late 30's-early 40's movie, the bad guys are fairly 2nd rate mobsters. Pretty good shoot out near the end of the movie, too.

Great viewing for us Autry fans. Others may not be so keen for the movie but it remains a very entertaining movie never-the-less.

"Champ and I are ready for action"

Semper Fi."
"Gene Autry B-Western Series ... Ridin' On A Rainbow (1941)
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 08/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Republic Pictures present "RIDIN ON A RAINBOW" (24 January 1941) (75 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- relive those thrilling days when the "First Singing Cowboy" Gene Autry took us down the dusty trails with hard riding and straight shooting hitting the bull's eye with excitement every time --- the Gene Autry series of B-Westerns were a staple of Saturday matinees in the 1930s and 1940s --- The Following Segments are from the "Melody Ranch Theater", which originally aired on the Nashville Network in 1987 --- Hosted by Gene and longtime sidekick Pat Buttram the program showcased many of Gene's classic motion pictures and featured personal anecdotes about how the films were made --- Information on costars and significant happenings in Gene's personal life and career. --- don't miss any of the Singing Cowboy's features loaded with action and songs that will leave you wanting more of Gene Autry's B-Western Adventures --- The sale of this DVD will further the educational and cultural mission of the renowned "Autry National Center in Los Angeles".

Under Lew Landers (Director), Harry Grey (Producer), Doris Malloy (Screenwriter), Bradford Ropes (Screenwriter), William Nobles (Cinematographer), Gene Autry (Composer (Music Score) / Songwriter), Don George (Songwriter), Teddy Hall (Songwriter), Jean Herbert (Songwriter), Raoul Kraushaar (Musical Direction/Supervision), Mary Lee (Songwriter), Sol Meyer (Songwriter), Fred Rose (Composer (Music Score),Tony Martinelli (Editor) - - - - - - Our story line and plot has Autry and "Frog" holded up in a showboat trying to discover who robbed the bank with all their money in it --- the girl singer (Lee, enchanting as usual) whose father helped the robbers is their only lead, and she's reluctant to help --- some fairly authentic showboat sets liven things up with the usual chases and fistfights --- some wonderful tunes "HUNKY DUNKY DORY" (Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and Extras), "SING A SONG OF LAUGHTER" (Mary Lee and Extras), "WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY" (Mary Lee and Extras), "BE HONEST WITH ME" (Gene Autry), "STEAMBOAT BILL" (Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette), "RIDIN' ON A RAINBOW" (Gene Autry), "CARRY ME BACK TO THE LONE PRAIRIE" (Gene Autry and Mary Lee). "I'M THE ONLY LONELY ONE" (Mary Lee), "RIDIN' ON A RAINBOW" (Gene Autry and Cast) - - - - - - some Autry fun facts, When he was a young man, Gene received an offer from a professional baseball team to become a player. Gene turned down the offer because it would have meant a fifty-dollar-a-month pay cut from his telegrapher's job.

the cast includes
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog
Mary Lee ... Patsy Evans
Carol Adams ... Sally Bartlett
Ferris Taylor ... Captain Lige Bartlett
Georgia Caine ... Mariah Bartlett
Byron Foulger ... Pop Evans
Ralf Harolde ... Bank robber
Jimmy Conlin ... Joe
Guy Usher ... Sheriff Jim Mason
Anthony Warde ... Bank robber
Forrest Taylor ... Rancher Jeff
Burr Caruth ... Banker Eben Carter
Ed Cassidy ... Rancher
Tom London ... Rancher Harris
Hal Price ... Man who has car taken
Slim Whitaker ... Man who shows Pop to room

1. Gene Autry
Date of Birth: 29 September 1907 - Near Tioga, Texas
Date of Death: 2 October 1998 - Studio City, Los Angeles, California

Special footnote, Orvon Gene Autry was an American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television --- Discovered by film producer Nat Levine in 1934, he and Burnette made their film debut for Mascot Pictures Corp. "In Old Santa Fe" as part of a singing cowboy quartet; he was then given the starring role by Levine in 1935 in the 12-part serial "The Phantom Empire" --- Shortly thereafter, Mascot was absorbed by the formation of Republic Pictures Corp. and Autry went along to make a further 44 films up to 1940, all B westerns in which he played under his own name, rode his horse Champion, had Burnette as his regular sidekick and had many opportunities to sing in each film --- Autry became the top Western star at the box-office by 1937, reaching his national peak of popularity from 1940 to 1942. His Gene Autry Flying "A" Ranch Rodeo show debuted in 1940 --- Gene Autry is the only celebrity to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one in each of the five categories maintained by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce --- Radio, Films, Recordings, Television and Live Theater.

2. Smiley Burnette (aka: Lester Alvin Burnette)
Date of Birth: 18 March 1911 - Summum, Illinois
Date of Death: 16 February 1967 - Encino, California

Second special footnote, Lester Alvin (Smiley) Burnette an American singer-songwriter who could play as many as 100 different musical instruments, was a successful comedy actor in Western films over three decades --- The popularity of Burnette's Frog Millhouse character, with his trademark floppy black hat, was such that when Autry left for World War II service he did sidekicks duties with Eddie Dew, Sunset Carson and Bob Livingston, plus nine other films with Roy Rogers. After leaving Republic Pictures in 1944, Burnette became the sidekick to Charles Starrett at Columbia Pictures in the long Durango Kid series. Starrett starred in the series from 1944 until 1952, and that pairing resulted in more than 50 films. After the Starrett series was over, Burnette joined Autry for his final six films, all released by Columbia Pictures in 1953.

1. Reminiscing with Gene Autry and Pat Buttram at the "Melody Ranch Theater"
2. "Don't Touch That Dial", Gene Autry is on the air - excerpts from the Original "Melody Ranch Radio Show"
3. Production and Publicity Stills
4. Horseplay
5. Poster and lobby Card Art
6. Trivia and Movie Facts
7. Original Press Kit Material

Check out a new book from Empire Publishing - "GENE AUTRY WESTERNS" (Hardcover) - by author Boyd Magers, like no other book on Gene Autry --- all of Gene's Mascot, Republic and Columbia westerns included, as well as his half-hour TV Episodes --- each segment contains the release date on each film ... major production credits ... complete cast (including character played) ... all songs included, songwriter and who performed them in the film ... running time of each film ... dates of the filming ... bios on the cast and major players (Smiley, Pat Buttram, Cass County Boys, Herbert J. Yates, directors, leading ladies, songwriters and various heavies, etc.) ... locations that were used ... budgets and negative cost ... stunt people involved ... analysis and synopsis on each film ... notes and comments (including film and cast background info, salaries paid, working titles, etc) ... comments from Gene and many other cast members on each film ... theater exhibitors comments at the time of the films release ...this tribute was written from the heart and it shows.

Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under DVD Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for Film Noir, B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Image Entertainment where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 75 min on DVD ~ Image Video #2398 ~ (7/25/2006)"