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Under Montana Skies (1930)

Clay gets a musical troop out af jail and helps raise money so they can put on their show. During the performance Blake and his men rob the box office. The townsmen give chase and Clay goes after Blake.


Richard Thorpe


Jimmy Aubrey (story) (as James A. Aubrey), Jimmy Aubrey (scenario) (as James A. Aubrey) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Harlan ... Clay Conning
Slim Summerville ... Sunshine
Dorothy Gulliver ... Mary
Nita Martan Nita Martan ... Blondie
Harry Todd ... Abner Jenkins
Ethel Wales ... Martha Jenkins
Lafe McKee ... Sheriff Pinkie
Christian J. Frank Christian J. Frank ... Townsman


Cowhand Clay Conning rescues a theatrical troupe in the town of Red Rock by using the lead singer/dancer, Blondie, to threaten to compromise the hotel owner, Abner Jenkins. Clay pays their hotel bill but Martha Jenkins whose husband also owns the opera house objects to the showing going on. Clay, who has fallen in love with Mary, the troupe's leading lady, begins courting Mrs. Jenkins at a level she thinks is higher than he does. Frank Blake, a cattle rustler convicted by Clay, holds up the box office after the show begins. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

10 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tiffany Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Saturday 8 October 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »


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More about vamping than the 'ol west.
13 July 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you are looking for a western, you might just want to keep looking. While the film is set in the west, it's got little to do with cowboys or anything else you'd expect. Instead, it's about a troupe of performers from back east who are having difficulties putting on a show because of a couple grouchy locals. So how do they deal with them? Nice-guy Clay (Kenneth Harland) suggests they use allegations of sexual misconduct or vamping to get what they want! Now that's a great object lesson for the kiddie! In addition to this super-weird plot and all the vamping, there is a local gang who wants to see the show put on--because they plan on stealing the box office receipts! All in all a very strange concoction and an odd old fashioned film to boot.

In addition to being weird, the film itself is rather dull. It's not terrible but approaches this due to some very indifferent acting and a couple musical numbers that are ancient when seen today.

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