Gaucho Serenade


1h 6m 1940

Brief Synopsis

Gene Autry and sidekick Frog Millhouse depart Madison Square Garden and NYC heading west for home in their car and a horse trailer carrying Gene's horse, Champion. They discover that Ronnie Willoughby, a young boy just off the boat from school in England, has hitched a ride, thinking that Gene and Frog were sent by his father to meet him. Ronnie thinks his father is a big rancher in the west and doesn't know that his father, Alfred Willoughby, is serving time in San Quentin prison because of a frame-up by the officials of a packing company. To keep the father from testifying against them, the packing company officials, Carter, Jenkins and Martin, have arranged for the boy to be kidnapped. Along the way a runaway bride, Joyce Halloway, and her young sister Patsy join the troupe. Various members of the cast sing and dance their way through The Singing Hills, Gaucho Serenade, Give Out With a Song, Heading For the Wide Open Spaces, 'Tis Be, Keep Rollin' and A Song of Sunset before every situation is solved, and Gene gets Joyce, Frog gets Ringeye, the father is cleared and reunited with his UK-accented son and the villains are sent to the Republic Big House.

Film Details

Also Known As
Keep Rollin', The Old Mill Stream
Release Date
May 10, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Frederick Willoughby, who has been framed for embezzlement by his employer, Edward Martin of the Western Packing Company, agrees to testify on behalf of the independent ranchers whom Martin is driving out of business. To prevent Willoughby from testifying, Martin schemes to kidnap his son Ronnie, a school boy living in London, and cables the boy to come to visit his father at "Rancho San Quentin." After arriving by boat, Ronnie mistakes Gene and Frog, itinerant ranch hands, for the cowboys supposedly sent by his father and climbs into their car, where he falls asleep. Unaware of their stowaway, Gene and Frog are already on the road to California when they discover their passenger. After hearing Ronnie's story of his father's vast "spread," Gene decides to retain custody of the boy until he can investigate. While driving along the road, the threesome almost collide with Joyce Halloway and her little sister Patsy, who are fleeing from Joyce's prospective bridegroom. Patsy and Joyce hide in Gene's horse trailer, and after several squabbles, Gene finally agrees to drive them to their ranch in California. Soon after, Martin's thugs, who have been following Ronnie, attempt to kidnap the boy. Later Joyce offers Ronnie refuge at her ranch, which she pretends is Rancho San Quentin. Meanwhile, Willoughby, concerned about his son, breaks out of jail, and Martin sends his men to join the posse in pursuit of the fugitive. Arriving at the ranch, Martin learns that Ronnie is safe and surrenders to the sheriff, but when Martin's men attempt to hijack the train carrying the fugitive back to prison, Gene rides to the rescue. Exonerated by Gene's testimony, Willoughby returns to claim his son, and Gene agrees to stay at the ranch as Joyce's foreman.

Film Details

Also Known As
Keep Rollin', The Old Mill Stream
Release Date
May 10, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Darling, you forget that we borrowed the bridegroom's car without his permission and that's, well, that's...
- Joyce Halloway
I know - that's arson!
- Patsy Halloway
I wonder if we'll have to walk all the way to the ranch.
- Patsy Halloway
Oh, it's only two or three thousand miles.
- Joyce Halloway
Two or three thousand miles! You got me into this...
- Patsy Halloway
Listen, Rebecca of Sunstroke Farm, coming along was your idea.
- Joyce Halloway

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was The Old Mill Stream. The title of the viewed print was Keep Rollin', the television release title. According to modern sources, Gene Autry performed a stunt in the production in which he jumps from a galloping horse to a moving train. Modern sources also add Fred Burns, Julian Rivero, George Lloyd, Edward Cassidy, Joe Dominguez, Olaf Hytten, Fred Toones, Gene Morgan, Jack Kirk, Harry Strang, Hank Worden, Kernan Cripps, Jim Corey, Tom London, Walter Miller, Champion, a horse, Frankie Marvin and Buck Bucko to the cast.