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The Big Sombrero (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Music | 19 April 1949 (USA)
Gene is hired to be foreman of the Big Sombrero ranch by Jim Garland, who is handling all the business affairs of the owner, Estrellita Estrada, who is more interested in going to America ... See full summary »


Frank McDonald


Olive Cooper (original screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Champion ... Champ
Elena Verdugo ... Estrellita Estrada
Stephen Dunne ... Jimmy Garland
George J. Lewis ... Juan Vazcaro
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Gene is hired to be foreman of the Big Sombrero ranch by Jim Garland, who is handling all the business affairs of the owner, Estrellita Estrada, who is more interested in going to America than taking care of her Mexican holdings. Gene, discovering Garland's plan to run all the Mexican rancheros off the ranch, turns against his boss and shortly finds himself in the middle of cattle stampedes and an avalanche started by Garland's men. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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OUTLAWS FEAR HIM...SENORITAS CHEER HIM...when Gene streaks into action! See more »


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Release Date:

19 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu na Fronteira See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$575,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gene Autry Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Gene Autry's second of two movies filmed in Cinecolor. See more »


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James Garland: I'm not walking away!
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Trail To Mexico
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by Gene Autry
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Fudging the Matinée Mold
22 October 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Gene's got Columbia studio backing here, which means a bigger budget than usual. In fact the 80-minutes run-time, including Technicolor and good production values, puts this feature in a B-western category instead of Gene's usual matinée format.

The plot's more complex than usual, with Gene switching sides in a struggle over ranchero land in Mexico. At first, he's unknowingly on the side of the baddies until he finds out the true score. Then too, catch the climax with the guy just driving off (without my telling too much)—very unusual for Gene's movies. So, all in all, you can see Columbia was trying to stretch the matinée formula.

Not much fast shooting, but some good hard riding. Highlights include, an impressive cattle herd, lots of colorful desert scenery, and Gene warbling the catchy 'My Adobe Hacienda'. But most of all, a really spirited Elena Verdugo as Senorita Estelita who pretty much steals the show, unlike most matinée leading ladies. Anyway, it's not among Gene's best, but does have more than its share of compensations.

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