Watch The Sagebrush Troubadour
- 59 min
The Sagebrush Troubadour is a 1935 American Western Musical film starring the legendary Gene Autry as a singing cowboy called Gene Autry (yes, he plays himself), alongside his trusty sidekick Smiley Burnette. The movie is set in a remote part of the desert called the Bar X Ranch where the young Gene and Smiley are trouble shooting cowboys. The movie also features characters played by Barbara Pepper, Julian Rivero, and Fred Kelsey. The plot of The Sagebrush Troubadour revolves around Gene and Smiley's attempt to save the Bar X Ranch from foreclosure. Gene and Smiley work as ranch hands for owner Jim Martin, who is facing bankruptcy because of a loan he secured to build a new fence around his property. Unfortunately, Martin has been unable to pay off the loan and now the loan company is seeking to use the ranch as collateral. To make matters worse, Martin's daughter Roberta has left the ranch because he disapproves of her relationship with a local man. Gene and Smiley hatch a plan to pay off the loan by putting on a fundraiser in town where Gene will perform a series of musical numbers. However, things don't go as planned when local businessman Joe Stafford sabotages the fundraiser by hiring a group of thugs to start a bar fight, causing the town sheriff to shut down the event. Determined to save the day, Gene and Smiley come up with a new plan to save the ranch. They decide to have their friend, Mexican-American ranch foreman Manuel Gonzales, organize a fiesta on the ranch to raise the money needed to save the Bar X. The fiesta is a grand success, and the ranch is saved. In addition to the main plot, there are several subplots weaved into the film. One of these involves Roberta, who is kidnapped by the thugs hired by Stafford. Gene and Smiley come to her rescue, leading to a tense shootout with the kidnappers. Another subplot involves Manuel's son Paco, who is wrongly accused of stealing Martin's safe. Gene and Smiley clear Paco's name, uncovering the real thief in the process. The Sagebrush Troubadour features several musical numbers performed by Gene Autry, including "The West Ain't Wild Anymore," "In the Heart of the West," "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes," and "Mexicali Rose." Autry's singing and guitar playing showcase his undeniable talent as a musician, and make The Sagebrush Troubadour a must-see for fans of his work. The movie also showcases Smiley Burnette's talents as a comedic actor. Burnette's character adds light-hearted humor to the film, particularly in his scenes with Julian Rivero's character Manuel. The two play off each other well, creating a fun dynamic onscreen. Overall, The Sagebrush Troubadour is an entertaining Western Musical that showcases Gene Autry's talent as both an actor and musician. The film features an interesting plot, well-executed musical numbers, and memorable performances by Autry and Burnette. While the film is not particularly groundbreaking, it is a solid entry in the Western Musical genre and an enjoyable viewing experience for fans of both Autry and the genre.