Rovin' Tumbleweeds

Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Release Date - Nov 16, 1939 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Western crooner Gene Autry's entry into Washingtonian politics was released a mere month after James Stewart had taken the same route in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). And the comparisons don't stop there. Like Junior Senator Stewart did in Frank Capra's classic comedy, Congressman Autry finds himself up to his neck in dirty politics. Unlike his colleague, who at least had Jean Arthur on his side, Gene is stuck with Smiley Burnette, Mary Carlisle, a guitar, and director George Sherman, who, although a fine craftsman, was no Capra. Happily, such songs as "Paradise in Moonlight" and "Ole Peaceful River" do much to enliven the tedium of what really is below-par Autry.