Shooting High

Shooting High

Director: Alfred E. Green

Cast: Alfred E. Green, Jane Withers, Gene Autry, Marjorie Weaver

     
 

Singing cowboy Gene Autry makes a rare appearance outside his usual Republic Pictures stamping grounds in 20th Century-Fox's Shooting High. Instead of playing "himself" as he usually does, Autry is cast as Will Carson, whose family is engaged in a decades-long feud with the Pritchard clan. The story shifts into gear when a movie company arrives in town,See more details below

Overview

Singing cowboy Gene Autry makes a rare appearance outside his usual Republic Pictures stamping grounds in 20th Century-Fox's Shooting High. Instead of playing "himself" as he usually does, Autry is cast as Will Carson, whose family is engaged in a decades-long feud with the Pritchard clan. The story shifts into gear when a movie company arrives in town, intending to film the life story of Will's frontier-hero grandfather. Alas, the leading role is to be played by obnoxious Hollywood star Bob Merritt (Robert Lowery), while poor Will is relegated to the lowly position of Merritt's stand-in. Coming to the rescue is little Jane Pritchard (top-billed Jane Withers), kid sister of Will's girl friend Marjorie Pritchard (Marjorie Weaver), who contrives to scare Merritt out of town so that Will can star in the picture himself. In the course of events, Will proves himself to be a real hero by foiling a bank robbery. This has the salutary effect of ending the Carson-Pritchard feud and reuniting estranged sweethearts Will and Marjorie. It is to the everlasting credit of both Jane Withers and Gene Autry that they never encroach upon one another's territory in Shooting High; both stars are allowed plenty of opportunity to shine without lowering themselves to scene-stealing.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Popular culture icons in their day, Jane Withers and Gene Autry are perhaps not totally understood by younger generations, but here they both are in a vehicle tailor-made for their undeniable, if contrasting, talents -- on Withers' request, legend has it. Admittedly, they work well together, Withers doing what came natural, the consequences be damned, and Autry, well, being Autry. Shooting High is no Western by any stretch of the imagination -- although Autry does catch the Bad Guys on his trusted steed Champion -- but rather a rural comedy with songs -- plenty of them, in fact, including Autry and Johnny Marvin's "Shanty of Dreams" and "Only One Love in a Lifetime." There is some attempt at parodying Fox's latest Western epic, Jesse James (1939), which had been lensed partially on locations in a rural Missouri that had never seen moving cameras before, and ineffectual leading man Robert Lowery does resemble Henry Fonda a bit; but mostly Shooting High is about that old mountain feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys, here represented by Jane's kin, the Pritchards, and Gene's, the Carsons. Restored by Gene Autry Entertainment and the Westerns Channel, Shooting High has not looked or sounded better since its premiere back in April of 1940.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
UPC:
0014381400526
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:06:00

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; Trivia and more facts

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Withers Jane Pritchard
Gene Autry Will Carson
Marjorie Weaver Marjorie Pritchard
Robert Lowery Bob Merritt
Kay Aldridge Evelyn Trent
Hobart Cavanaugh Clem Perkle
Frank M. Thomas Calvin Pritchard
Jack Carson Gabby Cross
Hamilton MacFadden J. Wallace Rutledge
Charles B. Middleton Hod Carson
Tom London Eph Carson
Eddie Acuff Andy Carson
Pat O'Malley Sam Pritchard
George Chandler Charles Pritchard
Champion (The Horse) Actor
Ed Brady Mort Carson

Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Gene Autry Songwriter
Felix Bernard Songwriter
Lou Breslow Screenwriter
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Richard Day Art Director
Nick De Maggio Editor
Owen Francis Screenwriter
Fred Glickman Songwriter
Samuel Kaylin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Johnnie Marvin Songwriter
Charles Newman Songwriter
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
John Stone Producer
Harry Tobias Songwriter
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title; Wanderers [3:38]
2. The Carsons Vs. The Pritchards [1:03]
3. Local Chit-Chat [4:54]
4. In Our Little Shanty of Dreams [2:03]
5. Cal's Intentions [4:08]
6. A Stirring Saga of the West [4:38]
7. Carson Corners Welcomes Signet Pictures [5:29]
8. A Moving Scene [4:32]
9. Lessons in Romance [2:56]
10. There's Only One Love in a Lifetime [2:39]
11. Swept Away [2:41]
12. Jane's Plan [3:04]
13. A Star Is Born [5:11]
14. Little Old Band of Gold [3:12]
15. The Perfect Hideout [:53]
16. Gone Hollywood [3:31]
17. Staying in Character [3:21]
18. A Real Life Hero [4:05]
19. Love Over Fame [2:49]
20. End Credits [:38]

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