Throw a Saddle on a Star (1946)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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The "star" in the title of this low-budget singing Western was Dynamite, a wild stallion captured by cowboy Curt Walker (Ken Curtis) to ride in the Big Rodeo. Unscrupulous John Burton (Robert Stevens) has bet against Curt and does his best to sabotage the event. When lovely Barbara Allen (Adelle Roberts), Curt's new girlfriend, leaves town because of Burton's schemes, Curt loses the first couple of events. The big Bronco Busting contest is coming up, and Pop Walker (Andy Clyde) stalls the proceedings with a series of singing acts while the girl's brothers (the musical group the Hoosier Hot Shots) attempt to locate her. Barbara arrives just in time to spur Curt on to victory. The third of eight Ken Curtis musical Westerns released by Columbia Pictures 1945-1947, Throw a Saddle on a Star also featured such National Barn Dance acts as The Dinning Sisters, Foy Willing, and The Riders of the Purple Sage, who in addition to the title song, also performed "There's a Rainbow over the Range," "Bonny Bonny Braes of Wyoming," and "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen." A former crooner with Tommy Dorsey and The Sons of the Pioneers, Curtis never quite made it as a singing cowboy but is today best remembered for playing "Festus" in the long-running television series Gunsmoke.