Back in the Saddle

Overview

Gene Autry battles a crooked mine owner in this his signature western from Republic Pictures. Years earlier, Gene promised to take watch over his employer's son Tom (Edward Norris), a young hothead who enjoys the so-called finer things in life. Tom has to be corralled out of the wicked city after finally inheriting the old homestead but life in the supposedly pastoral Arizona hamlet of Solitude proves less than idyllic when greedy copper miner E.G. Blaine (Arthur Loft) begins poisoning the water supply. Not ...
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Overview

Gene Autry battles a crooked mine owner in this his signature western from Republic Pictures. Years earlier, Gene promised to take watch over his employer's son Tom (Edward Norris), a young hothead who enjoys the so-called finer things in life. Tom has to be corralled out of the wicked city after finally inheriting the old homestead but life in the supposedly pastoral Arizona hamlet of Solitude proves less than idyllic when greedy copper miner E.G. Blaine (Arthur Loft) begins poisoning the water supply. Not patient enough to let law abiding Gene handle things, Tom takes matters into his own hands and is promptly slapped with a murder charge. Since the local authorities are controlled by Blaine, Gene has Judge Bent (Edmund Elson secure a change of venue for the upcoming trial but the enemy may have an ace up his sleeve. When not shooting it out with Blaine and his henchmen, Gene, Smiley Burnette, leading lady Jacqueline Wells and girl singer Mary Lee perform "Good Old-Fashioned Hoedown," "Swingin' Sam, the Cowboy Man," "When the Cactus is in Bloom," "I'm an Old Cowhand," "Where the River Meets the Range," "I'm in the Jailhouse Now," "You Are My Sunshine," "Ninety-Nine Bullfrogs" and Ray Whitley's title tune. Back in the Saddle has been restored to its original length by the Westerns Channel and Gene Autry Entertainment.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Although containing no less than nine songs, Back in the Saddle also comes with an unusual amount of violence for a Gene Autry western. In fact, when the dust finally clars, at least four men, including reformed gambler Addison Richards, have bit the dust, a town is more or less burned to the ground and there has been a stampede. Autry usually eschewed such mayhem but this time gentlemanly niceties like shooting the gun out of a villain's hand were abandoned in favor of all out warfare. Despite that -- or perhaps because of it -- Back in the Saddle remains middling Autry at best. Watch for future comedy lead Tom Ewell as a spectator to Gene's city brawl.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/1999
  • UPC: 786936051230
  • Original Release: 1941
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Autry Gene
Smiley Burnette Frog
Mary Lee Patsy
Edward Norris Tom Bennett
Addison Richards Duke Winston
Arthur Loft E.G. Blaine
Edmund Elton Judge Bent
Joe McGuinn Sheriff Simpson
Edmund Cobb Williams
Robert Barron Ward
Chuck Baldra Cowboy
Stanley Blystone Jess
Buck Bucko Rancher
Bobby Burns Rancher
Bob Card Rancher
Jess Cavan Townsman
Champion (The Horse) Himself
Ben Corbett Saloon guest
Harry Cording Saloon brawler
Jim Corey Henchman
Victor Cox Miner
Art Dillard Cowboy
Curley Dresden Barrett
Frank Ellis Henchman
Tom Ewell Spectator
Art Felix Saloon guest
Augie Gomez Henchman
Herman Hack Henchman
Chick Hannon Saloon guest
Al Haskell Townsman
Reed Howes Slim
John Indrisano Cabbie
Cactus Mack Saloon guest
Frankie Marvin Cowboy
Jack Montgomery Rancher
William Nestell Brawler
Jack O'Shea Black Jack
Pascale Perry Townsman
Lon Poff Mortician
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Porter
Philip Trent Jack
Jacqueline Wells Taffy
Harry Willingham Townsman
Bob Woodward Henchman
Technical Credits
Lew Landers Director
Harry Grey Producer
Raoul Kraushaar Score Composer
Jesse Lasky Jr. Screenwriter
Tony Martinelli Editor
Ernest W. Miller Cinematographer
Richard Murphy Screenwriter
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