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Gold Mine in the Sky (1938)

As executor of the owner's will, singing ranch foreman Gene must see that the daughter/heiress doesn't marry without his approval.


Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)


Betty Burbridge (story), Betty Burbridge (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog
Carol Hughes ... Cody Langham
J.L. Franks' Golden West Cowboys J.L. Franks' Golden West Cowboys ... Musicians and Cowhands (as J.L. Frank's 'Golden West Cowboys')
Craig Reynolds ... Larry Cummings
Helen Ainsworth ... Jane Crocker (as Cupid Ainsworth)
LeRoy Mason ... Red Kuzak (as Le Roy Mason)
Frankie Marvin ... Cowhand
Robert Homans ... Lucky Langham
Eddie Cherkose Eddie Cherkose ... Sykes
Ben Corbett ... Jailbird
Milburn Morante ... Jailbird
Jim Corey ... Henchman
George Guhl ... Constable Cy
The Stafford Sisters The Stafford Sisters ... The Levinsky Trio (as Stafford Sisters)


In his will Langham leaves his ranch to his daughter Cody but makes Gene the executor. When Gene refuses to let her marry Cummings, Cummings tries to have Gene killed. Cummings now demands money and Cody stages a fake kidnaping to raise it. But the plan backfires when Cummings learns of the hoax and turns it into a real kidnaping. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

4 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(2004 restoration) | (edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maudie Prickett's film debut. See more »


Mugsy Malone, Jailbird: Whatcha in for, sister?
Cody Langham: Moider. What's your rap?
Spud Grogan, Jailbird: Tryin' to snatch the quintuplets.
Cody Langham: Oh, in the wholesale business, huh?
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Hike Yaa Move Along
Written by Smiley Burnette
Performed by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and Cowhands
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gold mine in the sky is a gold mine of entertainment
1 March 2011 | by froberts73See all my reviews

Actually, I would have given this a full 10, but felt I would be chortled at giving an Autry western that many points.

This picture, Autry's best as far as I am concerned, has a very good story, wonderful performances, more laughs than most pictures listed as comedies, and two disparate female leads, sort of a Martin and Lewis thing, one that is easy on the eyes (and then some) and the other a comic foil with a butch appearance for good measure.

Miss Hughes, comely? That's a weak word. She is ddg - drop dead gorgeous, and handles her comedic portions very, very well. Hard to believe she was Regis Philbin's former mom-in-law. Her only marriage was to Frank Faylen who had many movie and television appearances to his credit, including a running role on Dobie Gillis.

Cupid (real name Helen) Ainsworth is a portly lady, best described as a hoot. She was, during her long career, also a writer and a producer. In this flick she lusts after Smiley Burnette. (I spent a day with him and it was great fun. Rufe Davis was there as well. He was one of the original Three Mesquiteers. We had a mutual friend in Frank Rice, half of the team of Mustard and Gravy, appearing with Eddy Arnold. When I was them they were partnered on the "Petticoat Junction" choo-choo.)

This is probably the most light-hearted western that ever came from Republic, and it features some really good western music including, of course, the title tune.

Even if the old black-white westerns are not your cup of Lipton, you will still enjoy this movie. If you like action, there is plenty of that.

The plot has to do with a fake kidnapping, winding up as a real kidnapping. The meanies are well-groomed city slickers, outmaneuvered at almost every turn by a youthful Gene Autry.

So-o-o, there is nothing really complicated about this movie, it is just pure enjoyment, top to bottom.

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