Sioux City Sue

Sioux City Sue

Director: Frank McDonald

Cast: Frank McDonald, Gene Autry, Lynne Roberts, Sterling Holloway

     
 

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In his first film after four-years of military duty, Gene Autry returns to a familiar setting: a modern western musical-comedy with accent on music and comedy. Crooning Jimmie Hodges' lilting "Someday You'll Want Me to Want You," cattle rancher Gene Autry is discovered by Hollywood talent scouts Sue Warner (Lynne Roberts) and Nelson "Nellie" Bly (Sterling Holloway),… See more details below

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In his first film after four-years of military duty, Gene Autry returns to a familiar setting: a modern western musical-comedy with accent on music and comedy. Crooning Jimmie Hodges' lilting "Someday You'll Want Me to Want You," cattle rancher Gene Autry is discovered by Hollywood talent scouts Sue Warner (Lynne Roberts) and Nelson "Nellie" Bly (Sterling Holloway), who convince him to give up ranching in favor of movie stardom. But unbeknownst to Gene only his voice is needed -- to flesh out cartoon character Ding Dong Donkey -- and the results prove highly embarrassing. Ashamed of her own part in the deception, Sue quits her job and obtains a position as Gene's ranch cook. Back at Paragon Pictures, a surreptitiously produced screen-test brings Autry's unquestionable talents to the attention of studio boss G.W. Rhodes (Pierre Watkin), who assigns former cartoon producer Jefferson Lang (Richard Lane) to lure the cattle rancher back to Hollywood. Desperate to get out of the animated movie business, Lang forms an alliance with Gene's sworn enemy, Big Gulliver (Ralph Sanford), but the resulting near-disaster is prevented in the nick of time by Sue and the ranch hands. Nearly wiped out, Gene signs a contract with Paragon and becomes a huge success as Hollywood's newest singing cowboy. Backed by the Cass County Boys, Autry performs Dick Thomas & Ray Freedman's title tune; "Oklahoma Hills" by Leon Guthrie; "Riding Double" by John Rox; and "Yours" by Gonzalo Roig and Jack Sherr. In accordance with a then new Republic Pictures policy, the latter is sung in both English and Spanish. A restored version of Sioux City Sue was released in 2001 by Gene Autry Entertainment.

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All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Although Republic Pictures may have skimped a bit on the budget for Gene Autry's otherwise much heralded return to the screen -- at least in comparison to the company's Roy Rogers extravaganzas -- Sioux City Sue remains an interesting look behind the scenes of the enterprising studio's famous back-lot. In fact, the film's movie-making sequences are utterly charming and actually offers at least a somewhat realistic look at how Gene and Roy's series westerns were produced. The climactic flood scenes were staged by the company's ace special effects wizards, the Lydecker brothers, Howard & Theodore, and although obviously done in miniature, the results are as convincing as anything made at the time by such major studios as M-G-M and 20th Century-Fox. Sioux City Sue's highlights include Autry's rendition of "Someday You'll Want Me to Want You" -- a ballad later made popular by such disparate talents as gospel singer Jim Hendricks and Dean Martin -- and the antics of Lynne Roberts, a favorite Republic starlet who apparently didn't mind getting down and dirty (literally) when a scene called for physical comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/1999
UPC:
0786936051261
Original Release:
1946

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Autry Himself
Lynne Roberts Sue Warner
Sterling Holloway Nelson "Nellie" Bly
Richard Lane Jefferson Lang
Ralph Sanford Big Gulliver
Ken Lundy Jody
Helen Wallace Miss Price
Pierre Watkin G.W. Rhodes
Cass County Boys Themselves
George Carleton Actor
Champion (The Horse) Actor
Harry V. Cheshire Actor
Tommy Coats Actor
Tristram Coffin Actor
Kenne Duncan Actor
Sam Flint Actor
Frank Marlowe Actor
Frankie Marvin Actor
LeRoy Mason Actor
Tex Terry Actor
Minerva Urecal Actor
Michael Hughes Actor
Forrest Burns Actor

Technical Credits
Frank McDonald Director
Fred Allen Editor
R. Dale Butts Score Composer
Gano Chittenden Art Director
Olive Cooper Screenwriter
Reggie Lanning Cinematographer
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Armand Schaefer Producer
Morton Scott Musical Direction/Supervision

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