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Song of Old Wyoming (1945)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 12 October 1945 (USA)
Ma Conway, owner of a cattle ranch and publisher of the Laramie Bulletin, wages an up-hill battle to have Wyoming join the Union. She refuses to be intimidated by corrupt politician Lee ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Emmett Tansey (as Robert Emmett)

Writer:

Frances Kavanaugh (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Dean ... Eddie Reed
Sarah Padden ... Ma Conway
Ian Keith ... Lee Landow
Lash La Rue ... The Cheyenne Kid (as Al La Rue)
Jennifer Holt ... Vicky Conway
Ray Elder Ray Elder ... Slim
Emmett Lynn ... Uncle Ezra
Robert Barron ... Jesse Dixon
Johnny Carpenter Johnny Carpenter ... Buck - Cowhand (as John Carpenter)
Gene Alsace ... Ringo - Henchman (as Rocky Camron)
Lee Bennett ... Cowhand
Horace Murphy ... Timothy Meeks - Editor
Pete G. Katchenaro Pete G. Katchenaro ... Ling - Ranch Cook (as Pete Katchenara)
Bill Lovett Bill Lovett ... Tex (as Bill Bovett)
Steve Clark ... Bank Clerk
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Ma Conway, owner of a cattle ranch and publisher of the Laramie Bulletin, wages an up-hill battle to have Wyoming join the Union. She refuses to be intimidated by corrupt politician Lee Landow and crooked banker Jesse Dixon, teamed up to fight her. Led by cowhand Eddie Reed and foreman Uncle Ezra, the Conway cattle drive is blocked at La Platte Pass by the Dixon henchmen, led by Ringo. A fight ensues and Eddie is saved by the quick trigger hand of the Cheyenne Kid, a notorious outlaw. Vicky, whom Ma has raised as her daughter, admires Cheyenne's courage to the chagrin of Eddie, who is in love with her. Cheyenne, on his way to a job in Laramie, turns down Ma's offer but when he gets to Laramie he finds he has been hired by Landow and Dixon to ruin Ma's cattle business and, in order to carry out the plan, he accepts Ma's ranch-job offer. Accidents quickly begin and Eddie suspects Cheyenne but Ma refuses to listen to his warnings, as she has become fond of the young outlaw. Eddie ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THRILLING ROMANCE - RUGGED ACTION! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$36,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film had its earliest documented telecast in New York City Thursday 3 February 1949 on the Film Theater of the Air on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1890, but the wall-mounted telephone the villains use to communicate with each other didn't exist yet and phone service wouldn't have been available in frontier Wyoming just 14 years after the telephone had been invented. See more »

Connections

Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

My Herdin' Song
by Eddie Dean and Milt Mabie
Sung by Eddie Dean (uncredited)
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Extraordinarily good debut film, with good script and dialogue and directing
10 February 2019 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Eddie Dean was acclaimed by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and deservedly so. He was one of the best singers of his era, and one of the best singing cowboys.

His songs in "Song of Old Wyoming" are pleasant, if not great, and many are sung to the lovely Jennifer Holt so are worth watching and hearing.

This was almost the debut of Al "Lash" LaRue, billed as La Rue. It was his third film appearance but the first with his soon-to-be-famous whip.

He has the most exciting role of all the several characters in the film.

But the two chief villains are among the best actors of the cast, they and "Ma Conway," played by the wonderful veteran Sarah Padden, who kept acting almost to her end, playing in a TV series, "The Gray Ghost," in 1958.

Ian Keith, as "Landow," and Robert Barron, as banker "Dixon," pretty well steal the acting honors. Superlative performances by both.

Brawn heavy is played by Gene Alsace, here billed as Rocky Camron, his birth name being Rockford Camron, one that surely should have led to screen stardom. He's always fun to watch, even being a bad guy.

Emmet Lynn is remarkably subdued and therefore gives one of his best performances.

All in all, even though "Song of Old Wyoming" is from PRC, it is a very good B Western, giving us lots of action, an involved story of many characters, and is generally very well done.

There are people who complain about the color process and, yes, the version I saw at YouTube definitely has some problems in the print.

Never mind. This is a good movie, and it's movie history. I recommend it.


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