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In Old Santa Fe

In Old Santa Fe(1934)

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The working title of this film was Down in Old Santa Fe. Although the viewed print included a pre-title frame that read, "Nat Levine presents Gene Autry," Autry, who along with Smiley Burnette made his screen debut in this production, appeared only briefly in the picture and was not included in the regular cast list, suggesting that this "above-title" credit was added later. Modern sources note that In Old Santa Fe was the first film to use an "And Introducing" credit (for Autry). Autry, who sings the title song, was billed in publicity items as the "Cowboy Idol of the Air," a tribute to his popularity as a radio performer. Although news items suggested that Ken Maynard was going to make other films with Mascot, In Old Santa Fe was the only picture he actually made at the studio, and also was the only western that Mascot ever produced. According to publicity items deposited with the copyright records, Maynard sang his own songs in the film. Modern sources, however, credit Bob Nolan as Maynard's singing "double." A Daily Variety news item announced that production was held up for over a week after Maynard was hospitalized with torn ligaments, which he suffered when a flock of mules stampeded and knocked him off his saddle. Exteriors for the film were shot at Noah Beery's ranch "Paradise" in Palmdale, CA, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item and production chart. A Hollywood Reporter production chart lists H. B. Walthall as a cast member, but this credit is probably an error. Modern sources also note that David Howard, a contract director at Fox, was borrowed to direct the picture but, when the production ran over schedule, was replaced by editor Joseph Kane. Only Howard is credited onscreen, however. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Jack Rockwell (Sheriff), Jim Corey and Frank Ellis (Deputies), Edward Hearn (Villain), Horace B. Carpenter (Ranch guest), Cliff Lyons, Frankie Marvin and Jack Kirk.