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Henry Goes Arizona (1939)

Passed | | Western, Comedy, Drama | 8 December 1939 (USA)
Henry, a destitute New York actor, inherits his murdered brother, Jim's ranch located just outside Tonto City, AZ. Ricky Dole (Douglas Fowley) dishes out as much trouble as he can because ... See full summary »


Edwin L. Marin


Florence Ryerson (screen play), Milton Merlin (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Frank Morgan ... Henry Conroy
Virginia Weidler ... Molly Cullison
Guy Kibbee ... Judge Van Treece
Slim Summerville ... Sheriff Parton
Douglas Fowley ... Ricky Dole
Owen Davis Jr. ... Danny Regan


Henry, a destitute New York actor, inherits his murdered brother, Jim's ranch located just outside Tonto City, AZ. Ricky Dole (Douglas Fowley) dishes out as much trouble as he can because he and his gang want control of the JC Ranch. Written by <crj1@cornell.edu>

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Western | Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

8 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spats to Spurs See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Thursday 20 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 7 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia 8 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Omaha 28 August 1957 on WOW (Channel 6) and by Altoona PA 5 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); in Akron it was first telecast 7 November 1957 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Honolulu 23 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Fresno CA 13 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in Phoenix 14 December 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 2 August 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); it finally found its way to New York City 16 September 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


A drunk (Uncle Henry in disguise) with a jug staggers into the shack where Molly is held captive. He goes over to the table, takes out the cork from the jug and takes a swig. He puts the jug down without putting the cork back in. He staggers a few steps away, then comes back for another drink and the cork has been replaced. See more »


Henry's Landlady: I have a marvelous surprise for you...
Henry Conroy: Oh yes?
Henry's Landlady: Your brother's dead!
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Merrily We Roll Along
(1847) (uncredited)
Written by E.P. Christy and Ferd V.D. Garretson
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Character actors dream
24 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When you have as leads scene stealers like Frank Morgan and Guy Kibbee in the leads of a film it makes viewing something like Henry Goes Arizona a must.

Frank Morgan is in the title role. Morgan is an unemployed old actor who gets word that his brother died and left him his Arizona ranch and a niece he never knew about, Virginia Weidler. But upon getting there the place is in hock with liens for back taxes and run by the crooked foreman Douglas Fowley for his own nefarious purposes and those of his real boss crooked lawyer Porter Hall.

Guy Kibbee is the avuncular town judge, sympathetic to Morgan and Weidler and helps when he can. Add to that Slim Summerville as the sheriff with some interesting ideas concerning penology and you have a dream film for character actors.

I always like it when occasionally the big studios like MGM do not cast their leads and allow their character players to strut their stuff in their own. Morgan, Kibbee, Summerville, and Porter Hall. That is one great quadrifecta.

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