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Man from Music Mountain (1938)

When nasty land developers try to bilk honest ranchers who don't know their land holds lots of gold, Gene puts a stop to it.


Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)


Betty Burbridge (screen play), Luci Ward (screen play) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Carol Hughes ... Helen Foster
Sally Payne ... Patsy
Ivan Miller Ivan Miller ... John Scanlon
Ed Cassidy ... William Brady (as Edward Cassidy)
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Bowdie Bill
Howard Chase Howard Chase ... Abbott
Al Terry Al Terry ... Buddy Harmon (as Albert Terry)
Frankie Marvin ... Larry
Earl Dwire ... Martin
Lloyd Ingraham ... George Harmon
Lillian Drew Lillian Drew ... Mirandy Higgins
Al Taylor ... Hank
Joe Yrigoyen Joe Yrigoyen ... Pete


Scanlon is pulling off a land swindle by selling lots in a ghost town claiming the power company is bringing in a line. As a bonus he throws in shares in a worthless gold mine. Gene is on to Scanlon and tries to get him to buy back the deeds by salting the mine with gold. But when a new vein is really discovered Gene has to stop the sales but is trapped in the mine by Scanlon's men. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A Ghost Town Comes to Life!


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Release Date:

15 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(copyright length) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film features newsreel footage of the Boulder Dam opening in 1936. See more »


Gene Autry: Now how do you expect to run all this junk without electricity?
Frog Millhouse: Well, we're gonna have electricity.
Gene Autry: Sure you will if lightning strikes you.
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Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »


She Works Third Tub at the Laundrey
Written by Smiley Burnette
Performed by Smiley Burnette and Sally Payne
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Boulder Dam Scam
2 June 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Gene Autry western, Man From Music Mountain uses the opening of Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam as the springboard for the story of this B film. The dam will now provide electric power for the residents of three states and some sharp operators are going to take advantage.

As this film is set in the modern west, it's a 20th century plot we're dealing with. Ivan Miller is the chief villain and he's selling real estate, lots in a ghost town to be precise. But the scam he's working is that with Boulder Dam in operation there will be power lines coming soon and there is a gold mine nearby. Oh, Miller's selling shares in that as well.

As Gene and Smiley Burnette have dealt with Miller before, they smell a rat. But in trying to outsmart him, they nearly outsmart themselves. You'll have to see Man From Music Mountain to know what I mean.

The feminine leads are Carol Hughes and Sally Payne who have traveled west and bought those lots to open a beauty salon. It was nice that Republic Pictures thought of giving Smiley Burnette a girl as well for a change.

The title song is the only new song in the film that was not written by Gene Autry, but it's the best number in the film. It's not a bad B western with a topical event to center the plot around.

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