Saddle Pals (1947)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Release Date - Jun 6, 1947 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 54 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Saddle Pals hits a new low for Gene Autry's postwar Republic westerns, containing literally no action at all. Autry is drawn into the plot when he's given power of attorney in a property settlement involving his old pal (Sterling Holloway) and a gang of land swindlers. The pal then goes on an extended vacation, leaving Autry to sort things out. Though he doesn't display the business acumen that would eventually transform him into a real-life billionaire, Autry does manage to figure out that the swindlers are up to something dishonest. One of the more curious aspects of the film is the casting of traditional comedy-relief actor Sterling Holloway as the plot catalyst; he looks almost as uncomfortable as Autry. Fortunately, Autry's movie career would take an upswing the following year when he switched his base of operations from Republic to Columbia.

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bad-guy, bankruptcy, cowboy, good-guy, landowner, land-scheme, land-war, ranch, rescue