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Film Info

Melody Trail

1935
Republic Pictures
Production #: 401 or MT-78
60 minutes

Synopsis:
Nationally known radio and recording star Gene Autry wins the thousand-dollar purse in the bronco-riding event at a large rodeo. That night, while Gene and his pal Frog Millhouse are peacefully sleeping, gypsy Black Frantz steals the money. They accept jobs as cook and bull cook at the Triple T Ranch, even though they know nothing about cooking, because Gene is attracted to the lovely Millicent Thomas, the owner's daughter. At the ranch, cowgirls have replaced the cowboys, who are suspected of stealing cattle. Souvenir, Millicent's kleptomaniac St. Bernard, wanders off and steals the sleeping baby of Frantz and Perdita and carries it home. Millicent decides to take care of the child until its parents can be located, giving the impression that the baby is hers. Frantz, looking for his baby, appears at the ranch, and Millicent is only too glad to return his child. Certain that Frantz is a kidnapper, Gene and Frog track him down. Frog returns the baby to the ranch, and Frantz, burdened by a guilty conscience, returns the stolen money to Gene. Meanwhile, Gene helps the cowgirls when he captures the entire band of rustlers, using a car instead of his horse. Once home, Gene is astounded to learn the baby is not Millicent's. He suggests the cowboys be reinstated, but Millicent decides they should discuss the matter with the cowgirls. The solution proves to be a communal wedding between the cowboys and cowgirls. When it comes time to place the rings on the fingers of the girls, they find that Souvenir has stolen the wedding rings.

Cast:
Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Frog Millhouse Smiley Burnette
Millicent Thomas Ann Rutherford
Timothy Thomas Wade Boteler
Black Frantz Willy Castello
Matt Kirby Al Bridge
Nell Fern Emmett
Perdita Marie Quillen
Cuddles Gertrude Messinger
Slim Tracy Layne
Rodeo Announcer Abe Lefton (World
Famous Rodeo Announcer)
Souvenir Buck (St. Bernard dog)
Champion Champion

Songs:
HOLD ON LITTLE
DOGIES HOLD ON
Gene Autry
ON THE MELODY TRAIL Gene Autry
WHISTLING IMPROVISATION Smiley Burnette
POLKA IN F Instrumental
WAY DOWN ON THE BOTTOM Smiley Burnette
A LONE COWBOY ON
THE LONE PRAIRIE
Gene Autry and Extras
WESTERN LULLABY Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and Extras
MY NEIGHBOR HATES MUSIC Smiley Burnette
WHERE WILL THE WEDDING SUPPER BE? Gene Autry and Extra

Crew:
Producer Nat Levine
Directed by Joseph Kane
Supervised by Armand Schaefer
Story by Sherman Lowe and Betty Burbridge
Screenplay Sherman Lowe
Supervising Editor Joseph H. Lewis
Photography by Ernest Miller
Sound Engineer Terry Kellum
Sound Effects Roy Granville
Film Editor Lester Orlebeck
Songs by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
Watch a Clip from Melody Trail: