The Old Barn Dance (1938)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Release Date - Jan 29, 1938 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 54 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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An enjoyably silly Gene Autry romp, this music Western had an early ecological message: Horse-power instead of tractors. Or at least tractors manufactured by greedy Thornton Farming Equipment. Having lost his horse-trading business to Thornton (Ivan Miller), Autry signs with Helen Valkis' local Grainville radio station. But unbeknownst to the singer, the program is sponsored by none other than Thornton, and when the farmers cannot live up to the greedy manufacturer's finance plan, they blame Autry. In typical Autry style, Autry not only bests Thornton on the business front, but also receives more attention at the local fair than the Thornton-sponsored Big City entertainment.

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cowboy, expose [revelation], farming, horse, outlaw [Western], radio, ranch