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Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939)

As a congressman, Gene exposes a crooked politician who is delaying passage of a flood control bill.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Betty Burbridge (original screen play), Dorrell McGowan (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Mary Carlisle ... Mary Ford
Douglass Dumbrille ... Stephen Holloway
Pals of the Golden West ... Singers and Musicians
William Farnum ... Senator Timothy Nolan
Lee 'Lasses' White Lee 'Lasses' White ... Storekeeper
Ralph Peters ... Satchel
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Congressman Fuller
Victor Potel ... Man in Store (as Vic Potel)
Jack Ingram ... Blockade Boss Blake
Sammy McKim ... Eddie
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Higgins
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Congressman
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Charles C. Craig
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Storyline

A flood has wiped out the ranchers. Congressman Fuller was against the Flood Control bill so Gene runs against him in the next election and wins. Gene goes to Washington but has no success in passing the bill as Holloway is using his influence to block it. Then just as Gene returns home another disastrous flood hits. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Washington Cowboy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

In the final scene, Gene and Mary share a hug and their cheeks touch, with Mary coming away with mud on the left side of her face. However going in, that side of Gene's face was clean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[leading the ranchers as they try battle mounting floodwaters]
Gene Autry: Watch out for a break on the left, men. Hey! Pile them four deep over there!
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Soundtracks

Away Out Yonder
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Fred Rose
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Gene Autry and Cowhands
Reprised at the end
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Gene Autry for Congress! No, really!
30 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Gene hitches up and heads for Washington D.C. to fight for flood control. He manages to uncover corruption , sing some songs, and become a champion rodeo rider on the weekends. For an hour long movie like this to have so many irrelevant scenes, you know the screenwriters knew a few things about padding the film. Mary Carlisle is sprightly and engaging as a girl reporter who gradually warms up to Gene and ends up as his biggest fan.

Unfortunately, the film's ending is rather abrupt and forced -- somehow the rich industrialist who has opposed Gene's flood controls at every turn has a change of heart, and he tells everyone that he'll pass the law. This leaves a bad taste in one's mouth -- after all, if he's gonna pass a "good" law, isn't it just as corrupt as if he passed a "bad" law? Wouldn't some kind of plea for more democracy have been more appropriate than a kindly industrialist (this reminds me of the conservative propaganda of MGM's "Boom Town")? Shades of fascist here, but.....well, as long as it's a happy ending.......


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