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Home on the Prairie (1939)

Border inspector Gene makes certain no diseased animals make it into the United States.


Jack Townley


Charles Arthur Powell (original screen play), Paul Franklin (original screen play)

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Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
June Storey ... Martha Wheeler
George Cleveland ... Jim Wheeler
Jack Mulhall ... Dr. Sommers
Walter Miller ... Belknap
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... H.R. Shelby
Hal Price ... Sheriff
Earle Hodgins ... Professor Wentworth
Ethan Laidlaw ... Henchman Carter
John Beach John Beach ... Tom Ross
Jack Ingram ... Henchman Wilson
Bob Woodward ... Henchman Madden
Sherven Brothers Rodeoliers Sherven Brothers Rodeoliers ... Musicians (as The Rodoliers)


When Belnap finds his herd infected with hoof and mouth disease, he tries to ship them immediately. But Gene finds an infected cow and quarantines all the herds. To get permission to ship, Belnap changes the brand on one of his infected cows to the Wheeler brand. Gene knows the Wheeler herd is OK and sets out to find the infected herd. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Gene fights his way into your heart...and the heart of a beautiful girl! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

3 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ridin' the Range See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Martha Wheeler: What were you going to say?
Gene Autry: I wasn't going to say anything.
[from the bushes]
Frog Millhouse: Aw, he was so.
[Frog throws Gene his guitar]
Frog Millhouse: He was going to sing you that song about moonlight on the ranchhouse.
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Big Bull Frog
Written by Walter G. Samuels
Performed by Gene Autry (vocal and guitar)
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Cattle inspector
29 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Home On The Prarie casts Gene Autry as a cattle inspector checking various herds for hoof and mouth disease and other various and sundry ailments that affect the bovine. But a dead calf with hoof and mouth disease is found on the spread of his good friend George Cleveland and his daughter June Storey. Gene's romantic plans with Storey may get a real crimp in it if he has to have their herd destroyed.

But it's not Cleveland's herd that's the problem. That calf is planted there by the real villain who wants to get his cattle to market before they're discovered to be diseased.

Gene and Smiley Burnette take on a third and fourth partner in this one. Medicine show man Earle Hodgins and his elephant who come in mighty handy in the pinch. Think of Gunga Din as you reflect on my last remark.

Good paced Gene Autry western, even some grownups might like it.

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