Singing on the Trail (1946)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this Western, Ken Curtis, Columbia Pictures' low-budget answer to Gene Autry, romanced one of the studio's most beautiful starlets, Rita Hayworth-lookalike Dusty Anderson. She played Helen Wyatt, whose father (the rotund Guy Kibbee) loses his ranch to the hayseed singing group the Hoosier Hot Shots. Unbeknownst to Wyatt, the Hot Shots have been swindled by a couple of Eastern crooks (Ian Keith and Matt Willis) and consider themselves the lawful owners. Chased by the irascible Wyatt, the band members seek protection from aspiring singer Curt Stanton (Curtis), who they mistake for a gunslinger. With help from his sidekick Big Boy Webster (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams) and Helen, Curt manages to return the ranch to its proper owner. Joined by such National Barn Dance favorites as Deuce Spriggins and His Band, Four Chicks and Chuck, and The Plainsmen, Curtis and the Hoosier Hot Shots perform "Darlin' You Can't Love but One," "Wabash Cannon Ball," and "Put the Blame on Mame."