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Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride (1940)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 6 September 1940 (USA)
Overly shy cowboy Gene inherits a meat-packing plant, then faces stiff competition from snooty Ann Randolph, rival owner determined to do him in.


Frank McDonald


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Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey


Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
June Storey ... Ann Randolph
Mary Lee ... Patsy Randolph
Warren Hull ... Donald Gregory
Forbes Murray ... Attorney Henry Walker
Joe McGuinn ... Henchman Martin
Joe Frisco ... Stuttering Haberdasher
Isabel Randolph ... Emily Spencer (as Isobel Randolph)
Herbert Clifton ... Butler Andrews
Mildred Shay Mildred Shay ... Stewardess
Si Jenks ... Sheriff
Cindy Walker Cindy Walker ... Singer with The Pacemakers
The Pacemakers The Pacemakers ... Singers


Overly shy cowboy Gene inherits a meat-packing plant, then faces stiff competition from snooty Ann Randolph, rival owner determined to do him in. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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ADVENTURE... Packed With Action!


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

6 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patsy is shown recording the song "Ride, Tenderfoot Ride" onto a record singing only the chorus to the song. At the end of her song, Ann Randolph and Don Gregory come in and begin talking. Later when Patsy's recording is played back, she is recorded as singing the whole song with Ann and Don interrupting her on the last chorus. See more »


[Gene admires the sleek airplane he and Frog will soon board]
Gene Autry: Sure is pretty!
Frog Milhouse: Ain't as pretty as horse, and when you ride a horse you don't have as far to fall.
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(1940) (uncredited)
(Also called "Woodpecker")
Music by Eldo Di Lazzaro
Lyrics by Bruno Cherubini
English lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Gene Autry and Mary Lee in English
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Unexpectedly deft and charming musical comedy.
10 February 2004 | by martylee13045burlsink342See all my reviews

Many miles removed from the courtly, stodgy, and synthetic quasi-cowboy epics normally associated with Gene Autry. Spry and amusing script must have been snuck into Republic via some crew member's lunchbox (even the studio's trotting out their complete library of ancient stock footage for an obligatory stampede climax plays as DELIBERATE high comedy). Add a delightful score, an excellent supporting cast, and a young and almost relaxed looking performance from the star and you come up with a very rare package: an Autry that even an audience allergic to cowboy camp can enjoy. All in all a small delight.

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