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Gene Autry Collection: Ridin on a Rainbow

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Assisting in the search for murderous bank robbers, rancher Gene Autry goes undercover as a showboat entertainer to capture the crooks and recover the money. Key to their investigation is the young singer Patsy, played by Mary Lee. Action-packed from ship to shore, the film's show-stopping musical numbers include Gene's performance of "Be Honest with Me," nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song of 1941.

Special Features

  • Video reminiscences with Gene Autry and Pat Buttram from the 1987 Melody Ranch Theater presentations on The Nashville Network
  • Excerpts from original Gene Autry's original "Melody Ranch Radio Show"
  • Galleries of production and publicity stills, poster art and lobby cards
  • Original press kit material
  • Trivia and movie facts

Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Lee, Carol Adams, Ferris Taylor
  • Directors: Lew Landers
  • Writers: Bradford Ropes, Doris Malloy
  • Producers: Harry Grey
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,886 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gene Autry Collection: Ridin on a Rainbow" on IMDb

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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 15, 2005
Format: DVD
VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present "Riders of Death Valley" (1941) (digitally remastered), 15 Chapters of vintage serial loaded with thrilling drama and high adventure sequences featuring heroes and villains Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, Buck Jones, Charles Bickford, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Lon Chaney Jr, Noah Beery Jr. Glenn Strange and Roy Barcroft..there is a great deal of entertainment here for the cliffhanger fans out there... It has more of everything with lots of action, hard riding chases and plenty of shootouts...Universal Pictures publicity department reportedly budgeted one million dollars for "Riders of Death Valley", this was an unheard dollar amount for any B-Western.

The "Riders" are a group of stout hearted men protecting local miners from the bad guys of the territory...Jim Benton and Tombstone head up the riders...at the other end of the story we have a pack of wolves lead by Wolf Reade, Kirby and Davis who control the town and want more, meaning gold and total power...Benton has part ownership in the "Lost Aztec Mine" along with Mary Morgan...can Benton fight off Wolf Reade and the other hyenas....each episode gets closer to the answer, watch this and relive those thrilling yesteryears of the Saturday Matinee.

Under director's Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor with screenplay by Sherman Lowe, George H Plympton and Basil Dickey...the cast include Dick Foran (Jim Benton), Leo Carrillo (Pancho Lopez), Buck Jones (Tombstone), Charles Bickford (Wolf Reade), Guinn "Big Boy" Williams (Borax Bill), Lon Chaney Jr (Butch - Henchman), Noah Beery Jr (Smokey), Jean Brooks (Mary Morgan), James Blaine (Joseph Kirby), Monte Blue (Rance Davis), Glenn Strange (Tex, sidekick toBenton), Roy Barcroft (Dirk - Henchman), Jack Rockwell (Trigger - Henchman)...
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A typical period comedy with some goofy characters in John Hubbard and Adolphe Menjou as a couple of escapees from a nut house. Neither is actually nuts but are there for other reasons. Carole Landis is the female lead as the owner of a roving carnival.

It's a movie that grew on me after I watched it a couple of times. At first it seemed quite disjointed (probably from listening to other reviewers of the film) but after the second time I watched it, it became more entertaining and quite funny in its own way.

There's quite a bit of odd goofiness in this movie that doesn't seem to exactly fit but somehow they keep pulling it together enough for the movie to keep moving. Keep in mind the period when it was made and you'll see a lot more in this movie than you otherwise might.

Adolphe Menjou is the best part as the well meaning "Colonel Caraway" who befriends John Hubbard's character, "Drogo Gaines" and does his best to steer Drogo in the right direction. Of course it always seems that Drogo is getting into a little more trouble from Caraway's actions than he'd like but in the end, well, just watch the movie.
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"Riders of Death Valley," Universal's "Million Dollar Serial" was clearly intended to be something special, better than their usual output. Released in 1941 and Directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor, it was the last 15-chapter Universal serial, featuring a large cast familiar from "B" Westerns and serials, adding Charles Bickford as the main outlaw leader.

Jim Benton (Dick Foran) leads the "Riders of Death Valley" to protect miners and prospectors against outlaws, headed by Wolf Reade (Charles Bickford) but secretly hired by saloon owner Joseph Kirby (James Blaine), who wants to take over the miners' claims. An old prospector, Chuckawalla Charlie (Frank Austin) is brought into the saloon, dying, and gives Benton a map of his find, the "Lost Aztec" mine, making him co-heir with Mary Morgan (Jeanne Kelly), Chuckawalla's niece. When Kirby fails to gain possession the map, he has "The Wolf" pursue Benton and his party, resulting in a chase lasting most of the remaining 14 chapters. Opening titles are accompanied by the song "Ride Along" by Milton Rosen and Everett Carter, belted out by Foran and chorus in a studio, while the actors are shown riding and making faces as if they were singing. At least they don't do that during the chapters.

While mostly a repetitive running gun battle, it should be remembered that the chapters provided a weekly "fix" of cowboy action, and the plot wasn't especially important. It also didn't matter that some of the cliffhangers are not resolved convincingly; it was enough that the hero survived. Viewed with some time between the chapters, interest is maintained by the cast of familiar faces, and some well-managed humor.

Benton's riders include Tombstone (Buck Jones), Borax Bill (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams), and Pancho (Leo Carrillo).
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An earlier review by "Mr. Jim" expresses my same views on RIDERS OF DEATH VALLEY. It is one of the finest serials, certainly the finest Western serial, ever made. Released by Universal, reputedly in sepia tone and costing one million dollars to make, and featuring one of the finest casts to be corraled by any studio at the time, RIDERS OF DEATH VALLEY will offer just about any viewer thrills, chills, and spills...amidst magnificent scenery and great camera work. VCI has obtained an immaculate print, sharp and clean, and the soundtrack is fine. With such familiars as Dick Foran, Buck Jones, Charles Bickford, Leo Carrillo, Noah Beery Jr., Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Glenn Strange, Roy Barcroft, Monte Blue, Ethan Laidlaw, and a host of other stalwarts ridin' and shootin', well, this is the kind of entertainment that won't let you down. VCI has attractively packaged this release, with all sorts of extras, including cast bios'. The price is right, and this release is highly recommended. Our thanks again to VCI for a superior product at a reasonable price....
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