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In Old Monterey
     

In Old Monterey

Director: Joseph Kane, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey

Cast: Joseph Kane, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey

 
The United States Air Force dropping bombs on decent, taxpaying ranchers is perhaps not your standard B-Western theme but that is exactly what happens in In Old Monterey. It's 1939 and war is breaking out in Europe. Fearing a possible invasion, the air force feels the urgent need to test its weaponry but the locals, lead by Gabby Whittaker (George "Gabby" Hayes

Overview

The United States Air Force dropping bombs on decent, taxpaying ranchers is perhaps not your standard B-Western theme but that is exactly what happens in In Old Monterey. It's 1939 and war is breaking out in Europe. Fearing a possible invasion, the air force feels the urgent need to test its weaponry but the locals, lead by Gabby Whittaker (George "Gabby" Hayes), refuse to relocate and the government dispatches army attaché Gene Autry to contribute his special blend of musical persuasion. The patriotic populace is one thing, however, but Gene and sidekick Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) must also contend with greedy borax mining magnate Stevenson (Jonathan Hale) and his foreman Gilman (William Hall, who have a vested interest in keeping things exactly as they are. In the end, the villains are willing to commit murder to keep the military from taking over. Gene, Smiley and a hayseed congregation calling itself The Hoosier Hot Shots perform "It Happened in Monterey," "Born to the Saddle," "Little Pardner," "My Buddy," "The Vacant Chair," "It Looks Like Rain" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" in this uneven music Western/propaganda film restored by Gene Autry Entertainment in 2001.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The mix of bombs indiscriminately dropped on the desert landscape with apparently little concern for life and limbs, the maiming of a young child (Billy Lee) and the rural antics of the Hoosier Hot Shots is uneven at best. In fact, there is so much Hoosier Hot Shots in In Old Monterey that a modern viewer may be excused for wishing that one of those blasted bombs would actually hit a live target. Gene Autry is his usual bland self, which is just fine, and the hayseed crooner does get to sing a couple of his most memorable songs, but despite Autry's joviality and good location work at Lone Pine, CA, In Old Monterey remains a strange and slightly unsettling experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
UPC:
0014381221220
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:13:00

Special Features

Reminiscing with Gene Autry and Pat Buttram at the "Melody Ranch Theater"; Excerpts from the original "Melody Ranch Radio Show"; Production and publicity stills; Poster and lobby card art; Original press kit material; Trivia and movie facts

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Autry Sgt. Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette Frog Millhouse
June Storey Jill Whittaker
George "Gabby" Hayes Gabby Whittaker
Hoosier Hotshots Themselves
Stuart Hamblen Bugler
Billy Lee Jimmy Whittaker
Jonathan Hale Stevenson
Robert Warwick Maj. Clifford B. Forbes
William Hall Gilman
Eddie Conrad Club Marine proprietor
Fred Burns rancher
Ken Carson Actor
Champion (The Horse) Actor
Jim Corey townsman
Curley Dresden rancher
Edward Earle army captain
Frank Ellis townsman
Rex Lease soldier
Jack O'Shea miner
Hal Price wagon driver
Tom Steele mine henchman
Dan White townsman
Victor Cox townsman
Robert J. Wilke mine henchman
Jim Mason Actor
Sarie and Sallie themselves
Ranch Boys themselves
George Montgomery soldier
Forrest Taylor army colonel
Roy Bucko townsman
Ralph Bucko townsman
Frankie Marvin rancher
Jack Kirk rancher
James Mason mine henchman
Neal Dodd reverend

Technical Credits
Joseph Kane Director
Gene Autry Score Composer
Walter Donaldson Songwriter
Gerald Geraghty Screenwriter
Gus Kahn Songwriter
Raoul Kraushaar Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Mann Editor
Frank Marvin Songwriter
Dorrell McGowan Screenwriter
Stuart E. McGowan Screenwriter
Ernest W. Miller Cinematographer
Bob Nolan Songwriter
Billy Rose Songwriter
Fred Rose Songwriter
Armand Schaefer Producer
Armand Shaeffer Associate Producer
George Sherman Original Story
Mabel Wayne Songwriter
Al Wilson Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- In Old Monterey
1. Main Title; Too Close for Comfort [3:50]
2. Evacuation Notice [2:20]
3. Quitting the Army [3:30]
4. Born in the Saddle/My Buddy [3:42]
5. A Change of Plans [4:39]
6. It Looks Like Rain [6:27]
7. Express Mail [5:51]
8. On the Level [3:06]
9. Shaking 'Em Up [2:14]
10. Tumbling Tumbleweeds [1:50]
11. The Mystery Plane [4:10]
12. Little Pardner [3:56]
13. Virginia Blues [1:49]
14. Town Hall Meeting [6:34]
15. Wrongly Accused [4:35]
16. Gathering Evidence [2:39]
17. Showdown [9:01]
18. It Happened in Montery [1:07]
19. End Credits [1:04]

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