Bells of Capistrano (1942)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Release Date - Sep 15, 1942 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Gene Autry certainly left Republic Pictures on a high note and the studio knew they had a winner. The songs, which have been restored to the film after years of crude television edits, are fine and Autry is his usual laid-back self. But most of the fun is actually provided by the supporting cast, which includes such rare visitors to the range as Virginia Grey, borrowed for the occasion from M-G-M, future Dick Tracy star Morgan Conway and silent screen femme fatale Claire DuBrey. The latter appears here in tandem with another veteran, Lucien Littlefield), and together they make a marvelously funny team, both performers rather obviously basing their characters after Showboat's Cap'n Andy and his indomitable wife, Parthy Hawks.