Bells of Capistrano

Bells of Capistrano

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Bells of Capistrano

In his final film before entering war service, Gene Autry joins the World Wide Wild West Show, a faltering enterprise about to be taken over by the more powerful Johnson Bros. Rodeo, and his success as the Singing Bronco Buster allows the show to open at San Capistrano instead of the rival outfit. Stag Johnson (Morgan Conway), who is sweet on World Wide's owner Jennifer Benton (Virginia Grey), is inclined to leave things as they are but brother Jed (Tristram Coffin) and jealous show girl Jackie Laval (Marla Shelton) do what they can to sabotage the competition, including forcing Mom (Claire DuBrey) and Pop McCracken (Lucien Littlefield), Jennifer's foster-parents, off the road. Gene at first blames himself for all the troubles but then joins sidekicks Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) and Tadpole (Joe Stracuh, Jr.) in battling the increasingly desperate Johnson brothers. When not rescuing the heroine from runaway buckboards and other such Wild West shenanigans, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Joe Strauch, Jr. and company perform "In Old Capistrano," "At Sundown," "Forgive Me," "Don't Bite the Hand That's Feeding You," and "Fort Worth Jail." According to some reports, Bells of Capistrano), which was produced on an impressive budget of $500,000, employed two camera crews in order to finish principal photography prior to Autry's induction into the Army Air Force. Gene Autry Entertainment restored the film to its original length in 2001.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
UPC: 0014381398922
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:13:00

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Autry Gene
Smiley Burnette Frog Millhouse
Virginia Grey Jennifer Benton
Lucien Littlefield Pa McCracker
Morgan Conway Stag Johnson
Claire Du Brey Ma McCracken
Charles Cane Tex
Joe Strauch Tadpole Millhouse
Marla Shelton Jackie Laval
Tristram Coffin Jed Johnson
Eddie Acuff Sign Poster
Al Bridge Jake
Champion (The Horse) Himself
Jay Novello Jenkins
William Forrest Durgan
Ed Jauregui Brady
Guy Usher Sheriff
Ralph Peters Deputy
Ken Christy Deputy
Dick Wessel Sign poster
Howard Hickman Doctor
Chick Hannon Bar guest
Julian Rivero Fiesta manager
Peggy Satterlee Grand marshal
Jack O'Shea Rodeo hand
Frankie Marvin Rodeo hand
Ray Jones Rodeo hand
William Telaak Milkman
William A. Kellogg Henchman
Joe McGuinn Roustabout

Technical Credits
William Morgan Director
Milton Ager Score Composer,Songwriter
Jerry Charleston Score Composer,Songwriter
Walter Donaldson Score Composer,Songwriter
Harry Grey Producer
Thomas Holer Score Composer,Songwriter
Lawrence Kimble Screenwriter
Reggie Lanning Cinematographer
Edward Mann Editor
Sol Meyer Score Composer,Songwriter
Jimmie Morgan Score Composer,Songwriter
Morton Scott Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Stryker Score Composer,Songwriter
Jack Yellen Score Composer,Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title: A Lesson in Pasting [6:29]
2. Forgive Me [2:04]
3. Jailhouse Audition [4:11]
4. Testing the Waters [5:55]
5. Eating Up the Competition [2:34]
6. At Sundown [1:09]
7. Stag Johnson [2:50]
8. A Worldwide Problem [2:26]
9. Fort Worth Jail [1:34]
10. A Hard Bargain [4:41]
11. Playing Rough [4:48]
12. A Change of Heart [3:52]
13. True Colors [7:03]
14. Waiting for a Streetcar [1:52]
15. Fiesta [3:05]
16. In Old Capistrano [2:03]
17. Rodeo del Fuego [1:46]
18. Plenty Tough [10:24]
19. Don't Bite the Hand That's Feeding You [3:50]
20. End Credits [:32]

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