Tumbling Tumbleweeds

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

In his first feature for Republic, fledgling cowboy star Autry shows none of the talents that would make him a western movie legend. As a singer and actor, Autry's efforts were so-so, and his riding abilities were equally mediocre. He also sported a spare tire around his middle, which later disappeared as his talent grew. Here he's a man returning to his...read more

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In his first feature for Republic, fledgling cowboy star Autry shows none of the talents that would make him a western movie legend. As a singer and actor, Autry's efforts were so-so, and his riding abilities were equally mediocre. He also sported a spare tire around his middle, which

later disappeared as his talent grew. Here he's a man returning to his father after a five-year absence. He finds his father has been murdered, and his childhood buddy Browne is accused of the crime. With the help of Burnette and Hayes, two friends from Autry's medicine show, the singing cowpoke

finds the real murderers and brings them to justice. The film isn't that well made, and some sloppy editing makes it look like the heroes are shooting at themselves. The poor production quality could be accounted for by the fact that this was hack-director Kane's first effort for Republic studios,

where he was forced to shoot on a six-day schedule with the minuscule budget of $12,000. Kane would become quite proficient workng under these conditions; he made a total of 17 films starring Autry and 43 (believe it or not) vehicles for Roy Rogers.

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