Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm

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Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm
Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMack V. Wright
Produced byArmand Schaefer[1]
Screenplay byJack Natteford
Story byJohnston McCulley
Starring
Music byRaoul Kraushaar (supervisor)
CinematographyWilliam Nobles
Edited by
  • Tony Martinelli
  • Lester Orlebeck (uncredited)
Production
  company
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date(s)
  • May 12, 1937 (1937-05-12) (USA)
Running time61 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$23,500[2]
 
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Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm
Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMack V. Wright
Produced byArmand Schaefer[1]
Screenplay byJack Natteford
Story byJohnston McCulley
Starring
Music byRaoul Kraushaar (supervisor)
CinematographyWilliam Nobles
Edited by
  • Tony Martinelli
  • Lester Orlebeck (uncredited)
Production
  company
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date(s)
  • May 12, 1937 (1937-05-12) (USA)
Running time61 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$23,500[2]

Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm is a 1937 American Western film directed by Mack V. Wright and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and Armida. Based on a story by Johnston McCulley, the film is about two cowboys who assume the identities of dead outlaws in order to stop a bunch of cattle rustlers, later discovering that the outlaws are far from dead.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

Gene Autry (Gene Autry) and his sidekick Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) decide to leave Gene's ranch in order to pursue cattle rustlers who have been terrorizing the range. The men they are following, the Apache Kid (Max Hoffman Jr.) and Black Jim (Charles King), kill two lawmen and exchange clothes with them. When Gene and Frog discover the bodies, they decide to take their clothes and, disguised as wanted outlaws, head for the border.

Gene discovers that Joe Stafford (Monte Blue), a supposed upstanding head of the cattlemen's association, is the boss behind the rusting gang. When Stafford's niece, Rosa Montero (Armida), and his stepdaughter Mary Ellen (Ann Pendleton) mistake Gene and Frog for the Apache Kid and Black Jim, they turn them in to the deputies, who turn out to be the real outlaws in disguise.

Gene and Frog are able to escape, and with the help of Gene's partner, Buffalo Bradey (Hal Taliaferro), and a group of singing cowhands, who eventually reveal themselves to be Texas Rangers, the rustlers are captured. After Stafford is killed, Gene and Frog return to Gene's ranch.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

Mexican-born actress Armida was paid significantly more than Autry's past female co-stars, $750, for her appearance in Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm. According to Autry, she helped him to sing Spanish lyrics to film songs.[5]

Filming and budget[edit]

Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm was filmed March 10–20, 1937. The film had an operating budget of $23,500 (equal to $385,520 today), and a negative cost of $33,034.[2]

Stuntwork[edit]

Filming locations[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Memorable quotes[edit]

Frog Millhouse: I'd like a glass of milk.
Gene Autry: [elbows Frog] Aw, he's always kidding. We'll drink whiskey straight and wash it down with lye.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Magers 2007, p. 84.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Magers 2007, p. 85.
  3. ^ "Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Full cast and crew for Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Magers 2007, pp. 85–86.
  6. ^ "Locations for Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Magers 2007, pp. 84–85.
  8. ^ "Soundtracks for Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
Bibliography
  • George-Warren, Holly (2007). Public Cowboy no. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195177466. 
  • Green, Douglas B. (2002). Singing in the Saddle: The History of the Singing Cowboy. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. ISBN 978-0826514127. 
  • Magers, Boyd (2007). Gene Autry Westerns. Madison, NC: Empire Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-0944019498. 

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