Song of Old Wyoming (1945)

Genres - Romance, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Release Date - Oct 12, 1945 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Statehood for Wyoming became the weighty focal point in this very low-budget music Western from poverty row company PRC, which served to introduce Eddie Dean as the company's newest singing cowboy. Old Ma Conway (Sarah Padden) champions statehood for Wyoming, believing the measure would put an end to the territory's lawlessness; but the elderly woman is opposed by cattle buyer and tax assessor Lee Landow (Ian Keith and greedy banker Dixon (Robert Barron). When Ma offers her opinion in a newspaper article, Landow sends his henchman Ringo (Rocky Camron) to put the fear of God in the woman. Ranch foreman Eddie Reed (Dean) is outraged, and after warbling such Western ditties as "My Herdin' Song" and "Wild Prairie Rose" to Vicky (Jennifer Holt), Ma's foster-daughter, the cowboy takes matters into his own hand. At first he is aided by a mysterious stranger, "The Cheyenne Kid" (Lash LaRue making his Western debut), but this black-clad rider proves to be a wolf in wolf's clothing, who is in cahoots with Ringo. A former National Barn Dance crooner, the rather homely Dean had been bouncing around Hollywood since 1936, writing prairie ballads and supporting Western stars such as Ken Maynard and George Houston.

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, songwriter