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Round-Up Time in Texas (1937)

Gene and Frog arrive with a herd of horses for Gene'e brother, a diamond prospector whose work has attracted the interest of a bunch of badguys.


Joseph Kane


Oliver Drake (original screen play)




Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog
Maxine Doyle ... Gwen Barkley
The Cabin Kids The Cabin Kids ... Chief Bosuto's Children (as Cabin Kids)
Champion ... Champ
LeRoy Mason ... John Cardigan (as Le Roy Mason)
Earle Hodgins ... Barkey McCusky
Dick Wessel ... Henchman Craig Johnson
Buddy Williams Buddy Williams ... Chief Bosuto
Elmer Fain Elmer Fain ... Chief Bosuto's Son
Corny Anderson Corny Anderson ... Namba (as Cornie Anderson)
Frankie Marvin ... Cowboy / Soldier
Ken Cooper ... Tex Autry


Gene and Frog head for South Africa where Gene's brother Tex has found diamonds. Arriving they find Tex missing. Heading into the jungle, they are captured by a local tribe. Frog's magic gets Gene's release and Gene finds Tex. But Tex is a prisoner and Gene quickly finds himself a prisoner also. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A SONG ON HIS LIPS...HIS HAND ON A GUN! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

28 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboy na África See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(2004 restored) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bill: Here's a cablegram for you, Gene. I reckon it came from your brother in South Africa.
Frog Milhouse: South Africa!
Gene Autry: Yeah, it's from Tex all right, fellas. Listen to this! "Dear Gene, Barkley and I discovered a rich diamond mine in the Valley of Superstition. Stop. Need horses badly, but impossible to buy. Stop. Bring at once as many as you can round up. Stop. We can auction off those not needed at big profit. Cable your plans immediately care of John Cardigan - Dunbar, South Africa."
Ranch hand: Diamonds, huh?
Frog Milhouse: He's got a ...
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Prairie Rose
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Performed by Gene Autry
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Among the strangest westerns I've ever seen!
19 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Despite the title, almost none of the film is set in Texas! Now here is where the film gets REALLY weird--it's supposed to take place in South Africa! Yes, Gene Autry, his horse Champion and his faithful sidekick Smiley Burnett in South Africa! And, the overall product looks a lot like a B-western merged with a Tarzan flick! Talk about strange! The film begins back in the States. Gene receives a letter from his brother* saying that they really need livestock in South Africa and they can get top dollar for them. So, he and Smiley head across the ocean. However, when they arrive they can't find the brother--he has disappeared after some evil claim-jumpers killed his partner and did goodness knows with him. So, in the process of investigating the disappearance, the baddies try to stop him--leading, naturally, to the somewhat exciting conclusion.

Seeing Gene on his horse chasing baddies and then a moment later rushing about a thick jungle set is surreal to say the least. And, seeing Smiley doing fire-eating tricks as well as leading musical group supposedly made up of the Chief's kids really gave this movie a strangeness that made my brain hurt. Still, it was fun and kept my attention and is worth seeing if you like Gene Autry films. Others, however, might not be very impressed or be a bit offended by the stereotypical behaviors of the 'natives' or the use of the 'K-word' (I don't think IMDb would let me use this derogatory word for African Blacks--but to many it's about as offensive as the 'ol 'N-word' in the USA. And, I have been to South Africa and this sure looked NOTHING like the real McCoy--more like extras and props from a Tarzan picture!

FYI--The guy playing Gene's brother was NOT his actual real-life brother--just some actor.

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