Heart of the Rio Grande

Heart of the Rio Grande

Director: William Morgan Cast: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Fay McKenzie

DVD (Black & White)

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Heart of the Rio Grande

Spoiled little rich girl Edith Fellows does what she can to avoid spending time on Gene Autry's dude ranch in this tuneful Western restored by U.C.L.A. in 2001 for Gene Autry Entertainment. Despite the best efforts of her teacher Alice Bennett (Fay McKenzie), Connie Lane (Fellows) quickly manages to turn everyone against her, except Gene. The foreman/crooner teaches Connie the value of friendship and she reciprocates by sabotaging Hap Callahan's (William Haade) attempts to beat Gene in a bronco-busting contest. That, of course, is no way to win friendship and Hap avenges himself by causing a stampede that almost kills Connie. She is rescued in the nick of time by Gene, who also manages to pacify the stubborn girl's equally stubborn millionaire father (Pierre Watkin). Edith Fellows sings "Rainbow in the Night," while Gene, Smiley Burnette, Fay McKenzie, Jimmy Wakely, and his trio take care of "Deep in the Heart of Texas," "Rocky Canyon," "Dusk on the Painted Desert," "I'll Wait for You," and five other selections.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2003
UPC: 0014381400120
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:09:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Reminiscing with Gene Autry and Pat Buttram at the "Melody Ranch Theatre" ; 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 Himself
Smiley Burnette Frog
Fay McKenzie Alice Bennett
Edith Fellows Connie Lane
Pierre Watkin Mr. Lane
Joe Strauch Tadpole
William Haade Hap Callahan
Sarah Padden Mrs. Forbes
Jean Porter Pudge
Budd Buster Actor
Champion (The Horse) Actor
Edmund Cobb Actor
Harry Depp Actor
Milt Kibbee Actor
Nora Lane Actor
Mady Lawrence Actor
Frankie Marvin Actor
Frank Mills Actor
Howard Mitchell Actor
Jimmy Wakely Trio Actor
Allen Wood Actor
Buck Woods Actor
Kay Frye Actor

Technical Credits
William Morgan Director
Harry Grey Producer
Lillie Hayward Screenwriter
Raoul Kraushaar Musical Direction/Supervision
Winston Miller Screenwriter
Harry Neumann Cinematographer
Les Orlebeck Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [4:10]
2. Let Me Ride Down in Rocky Canyon [2:59]
3. A Real Western Welcome [4:07]
4. Deep in the Heart of Texas [1:25]
5. Slicko Hair Tonic [5:06]
6. Who's the Sucker? [3:44]
7. Dusk on the Painted Desert [1:44]
8. Oh, Woe Is Me [1:18]
9. Rough Ride [4:23]
10. Rumble Seat for Two [1:00]
11. A Letter for Daddy [6:35]
12. Wrong Idea [6:02]
13. Rancho Pillow [5:58]
14. Rainbow in the Night [4:05]
15. Sudden Engine Problem [5:26]
16. Cimarron [1:53]
17. I'll Wait for You [2:38]
18. The Roundup [4:29]
19. Deep in the Heart of Texas [1:17]
20. End Credits [:29]

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