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Oklahoma Blues (1948)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 28 March 1948 (USA)
State Commissioner Walton is uncertain about making Rainbow's End the new county seat after the Drago brothers, Matt and Slip, hold up his tage and beat up Sheriff Sam Oldring. Jimmy Wakely... See full summary »


Lambert Hillyer


Bennett Cohen (original screenplay)




Cast overview:
Jimmy Wakely ... Jimmy Wakely - Posing as The Melody Kid
Dub Taylor ... Cannonball Taylor (as 'Cannonball' Taylor)
Virginia Belmont ... Judy Joyce
I. Stanford Jolley ... Beasley
Zon Murray ... Matt Drago - Henchman
George J. Lewis ... Slip Drago - Henchman
Steve Clark ... Sheriff Sam Oldring
Frank LaRue ... Judge Emerson
J.C. Lytton J.C. Lytton ... Walton - State Commissioner
Milburn Morante ... Amos
Charles King ... Fake Sheriff (as Charles L. King)
Bob Woodward ... Bob - Henchman (as Robert D. Woodward)


State Commissioner Walton is uncertain about making Rainbow's End the new county seat after the Drago brothers, Matt and Slip, hold up his tage and beat up Sheriff Sam Oldring. Jimmy Wakely rides into town unaware that his pal Cannonball has been telling fictitious tales about him as being an outlaw known as the Melody Kid. Jimmy knocks out Slip Drago when he becomes unruly in the restaurant run by Judy Joyce, who refuses to feed Jimmy because she thinks he is the Melody Kid. Untertaker Beasley is the secret head of the outlaw band that terrorizes the territory, so that Yuba will be made the county seat and make him a rich man. Judge Emerson persuades Jimmy to become a deputy after he gets three of the Drago outfit after they wound his friend Sheriff Oldring. About to take the town money to Capital City for a new courthouse, Jimmy is arrested by Beasley's henchman Gabe, posing as a lawman, for an alleged killing in Silver City. Cannonball helps Jimmy escape, and they manage to pin the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ACTION...ROMANCE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

28 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melody Range See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is a perfect example of a sub-genre popular with Poverty Row studios like Monogram in the 1940s and 50s - The "Singing Cowboys Movie," in which cowpokes armed with guns and guitars sang and shot their way through formulaic Western plots. See more »


Remake of The Pocatello Kid (1931) See more »


Oklahoma Blues
Written by Jimmy Wakely
Sung by Jimmy Wakely
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Down in the Cherokee Strip
16 July 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Veteran director Lambert Hillyer -- he was William S. Hart's director in the 1910s -- helms this ultra-short (56 minutes) Monogram co-feature about a singing cowboy who becomes a deputy sheriff to clear up the town for a county seat and win the pretty restaurant lass.

Quite obviously shot by good talent (there are some lovely compositions) on a tiny budget (the singing sequence that starts off the movie has poor lip-syncing), this is a pretty good movie for anyone happy to see this old story told efficiently. Dub Taylor is the comic sidekick and while this is not much more than a step above a TV western a decade later, the behind-the-screen talent have performed a handsome and efficient job.

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