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Bells of Capistrano(1942)

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Brief Synopsis

Shag Johnson (Morgan Conway), owner of the Johnson Brothers Rodeo, has been trying for years to gain control of the World-Wide Wild West Show managed by Jennifer Benton (Virginia Grey), by fair means or foul. Gene Autry (Gene Autry) and Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) arrive on the scene during a battle between the two rival shows and rescue Pa (Licien Littlefield) and Ma McCracken (Claire DuBrey) from an attack by Johnson's hired henchmen. All hands are carted off to jail, and great crowds are attracted there by Gene's singing, and Pa McCracken decides to add the singing cowboy to his World-Wide show. He does and Gene skyrockets the box-office receipts, which enrages Johnson since it appears certain that World Wide will be able to secure the contract for the annual Capistrano festival and the following Madison Square Garden rodeo. Gene refuses Johnson's offer of $10,000 per week to change shows, and Shag hires Jenkins to burn the Capistrano set-up to the ground. Pa McCracken is seriously injured and Gene learns that only a specialist from the east can save him, and his fee is $5,000. He accepts Johnson's offer in order to pay the doctor, and Jennifer is heartbroken over his apparent disloyalty. At Johnson's show, however, Gene learns of Johnson's duplicity, forces confessions from Shag and Jenkins, makes the former pay Pa's doctor bill and release Gene from his contract.

Cast & Crew

William Morgan Director
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Virginia Grey Jennifer Benton
Lucien Littlefield Daniel McCracken
Morgan Conway Stag Johnson
Claire DuBrey Melinda McCracken
Tristram Coffin Jed Johnson
Jay Novello Jenkins
Bill Telaak Milk truck driver
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1942 Production Date:  EB
loaner #1761; lots of cuts, was taped from Melody Ranch Theater +e 25 Jan 1994
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Republic Pictures Corp.
Sound:  Mono (RCA Sound System) Production Co:  Republic Pictures Corp.
Duration(mins):  73 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  6,534    
Duration(reels):  7    

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  • Bells of Capistrano (1942)

    Jay Higgins 2009-09-12

    Average Gene Autry western, pleasant songs, food cast and a nice setting. The story is familiar, but it's light entertainment with a good balance of... MORE>