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Rhythm on the Range (1936)

Approved | | Action, Music, Romance | 1 July 1936 (USA)
Cowboy Jeff Larabee returns from the east and meets Doris Halloway, a young girl, that he regards as a vagabond, till he learns that she's the owner of the farm where he works. He tries to ... See full summary »


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Jack Moffitt (screenplay) (as John C. Moffitt), Sidney Salkow (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview:
Bing Crosby ... Jeff Larabee
Frances Farmer ... Doris Halloway
Bob Burns ... Buck Eaton
Martha Raye ... Emma Mazda
Samuel S. Hinds ... Robert Halloway
Warren Hymer ... Big Brain
Lucile Gleason ... Penelope Ryland (as Lucille Webster Gleason)
George E. Stone ... Shorty
James Burke ... Wabash
Martha Sleeper ... Constance Hyde
Clem Bevans ... Gila Bend
Leonid Kinskey ... Mischa
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Gopher Mazda
Beau Baldwin Beau Baldwin ... 'Cuddles 50th


Cowboy Jeff Larabee returns from the east and meets Doris Halloway, a young girl, that he regards as a vagabond, till he learns that she's the owner of the farm where he works. He tries to win her heart, but without success, until she is endangered by gangsters. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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A whirlwind round-up of romance, songs and gags, with Bing singin' and Bob Burns tootin' on the old Bazooka!


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Release Date:

1 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Último Romântico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remade as the 1956 Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy Pardners. See more »


This film relies repeatedly on the myth that bulls react to red scarves. Truth of the matter is, the color red isn't what causes bulls to attack. In fact, bulls don't seem to have any color preference at all. They'll charge whichever object is moving the most, which means this old myth can get tossed right of the ring. See more »


Roundup Lullaby
Music by Clifton W. Barnes
Lyrics by Badger Clark
Sung in the boxcar by Bing Crosby
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Pleasant Romp on the Range
18 January 2010 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

The movie keeps shifting plots every 15 minutes. It seems probable that lots of material was cut out, as very little makes much sense.

However, the movie contains so many delightful elements that one hardly cares. Bing Crosby is quite pleasant. He is wonderfully laid back and relaxed, just saying his lines between songs. This allows us to focus mainly on Francis Farmer, who is captivatingly beautiful as a runaway heiress-bride. Bob Burns with an instrument he invented called "the Bazooka" and Leonid Kinskey as the Russian immigrant cowboy "Mischa" provide a few laughs. Cuddles the Bull is also a surprisingly effective animal co-star.

This is 20 year old Martha Raye's screen debut and it is quite unusual. She is doing vaudeville without toning it down one iota for the screen. This makes a sharp contrast to Crosby and Farmer's gentle reserved acting styles. She is frenetic, shouting and jumping all other the sets. There is something disturbing about her man-hungry character, Emma. It is a sex-role reversal with the woman as the obsessed predator who can't control herself and offers herself to any stray man. With so many other out-of-synch elements in the film, she just fits right in.

It is a little ironic that Raye would get top billing two years later in "Give Me A Sailor" which was Bob Hope's first real starring film. So Raye worked with both Crosby and Hope before they worked together on the road pictures.

For about 15 minutes towards the end of the film, there's a nice jamboree which includes the introduction of the classic Johnny Mercer song "I'm an Old Cow Hand". The three or four plot lines are kept in limbo while this is going on. If we had cared about the plot lines, we would have been upset, but since they are so light and flimsy anyway, we can see them as just excuses for this nice vaudeville segment.

It is a shame that the duet between Farmer and Crosby was cut. I hope someone finds it somewhere and releases it on Youtube.

Ultimately, this is an amusing and reasonably clever concoction of fluff and music. It is too slow-paced for today's ADD generation, but for lovers of Old Hollywood, it is fine.

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