Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
Republic Pictures borrowed heavily from Damon Runyon when they crafted this tuneful Gene Autry series entry, restored to its full length by Gene Autry Entertainment in 2001. Just as Apple Annie had in Lady for a Day (1933), kindly old Dad Haskell Frank Darien) has gilded the lily a bit by suggesting to his Eastern daughter Betty (Jean Rouverol) that he is the sole owner of the Circle J, a Western dude ranch. The problem is that the ranch has just been sold to one Van Fleet (Davison Clark) and is not equipped to receive guests at all. Yet despite being repeatedly snubbed by Betty, foreman Gene Autry nevertheless agrees to put up a front in order for the girl to impress her socialite fiancé Walter (George Wolcott). But unbeknownst to all and sundry, there is helium in them thar hills and soon both bullets and fists are flying. Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and guest stars Joe Frisco and Edward Raquello perform "Old November Moon", "Roll, On Little Dogies, Roll On", "When the Bloom Is on the Sage", "El Rancho Grande", "Cielito Lindo", "I Love in the Morning", and "The Balloon Song".
bad-guy, boss [employer], cowboy, foreman, gangster, good-guy, land, outlaw [Western], pipeline, ranch, robbery, scheme