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Back in the Saddle (1941)

Not Rated | | Western | 14 March 1941 (USA)
After Gene discovers copper on his ranch, Bennett tries to get control of the fortune by framing him in a jail-break.


Lew Landers


Richard Murphy (original screenplay), Jesse Lasky Jr. (original screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Mary Lee ... Patsy
Edward Norris ... Tom Bennett
Julie Bishop ... Taffy (as Jacqueline Wells)
Addison Richards ... Duke Winston
Arthur Loft ... E.G. Blaine
Edmund Elton Edmund Elton ... Judge Bent
Joe McGuinn ... Sheriff Simpson
Edmund Cobb ... Rancher Williams
Robert Barron ... Saloon Boss Ward


Gene returns from the East with new ranch owner Tom Bennett to find everyone's cattle dying. Blaine has reopened the copper mine and the waste is poisoning the water supply. While Gene is away Tom confronts the miners and a men is killed in the ensuing gunfight. Now Gene not only has the dying cattle problem but his ranch owner is in jail. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A symphony of Romance and ACTION...in Six-Gun Time! (original print ad)




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Release Date:

14 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Song at Twilight See more »

Filming Locations:

Victorville, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


As the character of Duke Winston is chasing the train on horseback, Gene Autry and crew watch his approach from the boxcar. However, the angle of the shot shows Duke and his crew riding straight in the direction of a correspondingly traveling camera along a dirt road - with not a single track of rail in sight. Additionally, the angle of Autry's gaze along with the angle of 'approach' the horseback riders are taking toward train suggests a perpendicular collision, rather than a true chase sequence. See more »


Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: They Went That-a-way (1963) See more »


Back in the Saddle Again
Words and Music by Ray Whitley
Sung by Gene Autry
Reprised in finale by Gene Autry and Julie Bishop
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Swing Meets the Wild West
9 March 2015 | by LeonardKniffelSee all my reviews

This one you have to see just so you can say you watched the great singing cowboy and phenomenally wooden actor Gene Autry (the same guy who eight years later bravely popularized "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" when nobody else wanted anything to do with it). This little film features the righteous Autry singing fine renditions of the title song and "You Are My Sunshine," but the most fun are his duet with teenager Mary Lee doing "I'm an Old Cowhand" and her swingin' solo on "Swingin' Sam." Surprisingly topical is the film's story line about a ruthless mining magnate whose pollution is killing cattle. Autry was a major contributor to the American public's absurdly romanticized version of the Wild West, and this movie comes complete with shoot-outs, a cattle stampede, and a big band sound in an old saloon.

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