Based on a story by Mervin J. Houser, the film is about a cowboy who meets a beautiful young woman while returning from a rodeo in the east, and invites her to stay at his California ranch to experience his simple, honest way of life. Doris Halliday Frances Farmer , the daughter of a wealthy banker, is about to marry a man she doesn't love so the family will become richer. Her outspoken aunt Penelope Ryland Lucile Gleason , the owner of the Frying Pan Ranch in Arizona , objects to their marriage, claiming people should only be married if they love each other. Doris starts to see Penelope's point and eventually runs away the night before the wedding. Doris hides in the wagon of a train owned by traveling cowboy Jeff Larabee Bing Crosby.
Rhythm on the Range
Cowboy Jeff Larabee returns from the east and meets Doris Halloway, a young girl, that he regards as a vagabond, till he learns that she's the owner of the farm where he works. He tries to win her heart, but without success, until she is endangered by gangsters. Hinds Warren Hymer George E. This is another of the '30s' endless It Happened One Night rehashes, with society girl Frances Farmer of Nirvana namecheck notoriety falling in love with rodeo bum Bing Crosby while riding a boxcar to the West. It's a solid if familiar story then, there's one stunningly lit shot of a cigarette-shrouded Farmer pulling on a very '30s hat, and Crosby makes the utmost of a thin song score, but the dialogue and characterisation is trite and the frequent comedy interludes are desperately unfunny, making a promising supporting cast look positively idiotic. At one point, Samuel Hinds says Martha Raye is the most annoying person he's ever met, which seems fair. As for Farmer, she's a little better than most of these identikit blondes who made 15 or 20 appearances as leading ladies, but undeserving of the cult attention that has attached itself to her as a result of a troubled life, a fraudulent biopic and a superb Cobain lyric. Forgettable Bing, long live Raye!
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Google Calendar ICS. The hilarious antics in this musical begin with the film debut of Martha Raye and end when the curtain closes. The plot involves the rodeo at Madison Square Garden, where old cowhand Bing Crosby has purchased a prize bull named Cuddles and finds someone even more cuddly stowed away in Cuddles' boxcar on the trip west, a runaway heiress played by Frances Farmer. There is some debate as to whether this is Farmer's first or second film--she made three in but the film does offer several known firsts: Bing Crosby crooning "Empty Saddles" to his bull, as well as the now so popular "I'm an Old Cowhand"; bazooka player Bob Burns, a popular radio comedian of the time, putting his philosophical humor to the screen test; and, finally, Martha Raye singing "Mr. Puzzling at first, but you get used to it," wrote the New York Times reviewer of this new find. This page may by only partially complete. For additional information about this film, view the original entry on our archived site.
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