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The Old Corral (1936)

As the sheriff of a small western town, Autry sings his way into a relationship with Eleanor, a singer from a Chicago nightclub who earlier witnessed a murder.


Joseph Kane


Bernard McConville (story), Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay) (as Sherman Lowe) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Autry ... Sheriff Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Deputy Frog Millhouse
Irene Manning ... Eleanor Spencer - aka Jane Edwards (as Hope Manning)
Sons of the Pioneers ... O'Keefe Brothers
Champion ... Champ - Gene's Horse
Cornelius Keefe ... Martin Simms
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Garland - Simms' Partner
John Bradford ... Mike Scarlotti
Milburn Morante ... Clem Snodgrass
Abe Lefton Abe Lefton ... Abe - Rodeo Announcer
Merrill McCormick Merrill McCormick ... Joe - Scarlotti Henchman
Charles Sullivan Charles Sullivan ... Frank - Scarlotti Henchman
Buddy Roosevelt ... Tony - Scarlotti Driver
Lynton Brent ... Dunn - Dealer
Frankie Marvin ... Wife-Beating Prisoner


As the sheriff of a small western town, Autry sings his way into a relationship with Eleanor, a singer from a Chicago nightclub who earlier witnessed a murder. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

21 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Velho Rancho See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Gene Autry's The Singing Cowboy (1936) of a year previously, Lon Chaney Jr. had played the lead villain. In this film he was reduced to playing a henchman. See more »


Sheriff Gene Autry: We're going out to arrest the O'Keefes for highway robbery.
Deputy Frog: Oh, don't kid me. They couldn't even find the highway.
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Money Ain't No Use Anyway
Written by Gene Autry
Played on guitar and sung by Gene Autry in the saloon
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Sons of Pioneers musical number
25 December 2008 | by frontrowkid2002See all my reviews

"The Old Corral" became famous for its fight scene between Gene Autry and his future competitor at Republic, Roy Rogers, known at that time as Dick Weston. Rogers was part of the Sons of the Pioneers musical group featured in Autry's pictures. In this film, they play highwaymen (overland bus robbers) who also known how to warble a tune. While most of them are captured and put in jail, young Weston gets away and Autry has to go after him, not only for the robbery but because the group needs his harmony. After he is subdued, Autry asks him to yodel. Rogers then learns why he was captured. In the next scene, the group is shown singing "Silent Trail," a moving ballad about the passing of the old West. The sincere expressions on their faces as they sing compliments their harmonious treatment. They always gave their songs a bit more class than the usual "hillbilly" groups Autry had in his films, who had been taken from the National Barn Dance radio show.

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