Gene Autry stars in the 1935 Republic picture, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." Principal shooting was at Trem Carr's movie ranch in Placerita Canyon (later site of Disney's Golden Oak Ranch),
although this scene appears to have been shot in the high desert, probably around Victorville.
One year after this film was released, Carr and partner Ernie Hickson moved their
Western movie town to the eventual site of Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon, which Autry bought from Hickson's widow after Hickson died in 1952.
It was Autry's first starring role in a full-lenth feature film. He had a small part in a
1934 Ken Maynard vehicle ("In Old Santa Fe") and then starred in
Republic's 12-chapter serial, "The Phantom Empire," which initial release
was in February 1935. "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" filmed in July
and was released September 5, 1935.
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds," 61 minutes, stars Autry and his sidekick Smiley Burnette as themselves;
Lucille Browne as Jerry; George "Gabby" Hayes as Dr. Parker; Norma Taylor as Janet;
Edward Hearn as gang leader Barney Craven; Eugene Jackson as Eightball; Jack Rockwell as
McQuade; George Chesebro as Connors; Frankie Marvin as Shorty; and Slim Whitaker as Higgins. Also
appearing are George Burton as the Sheriff; Horace B. Carpenter; Tommy Coats; Oscar Gahan;
Joseph W. Girard; Henry Hall; Cornelius Keefe; Charles King; Tracy Layne; Tom London; Cliff
Lyons; Bud McClure; George Morrell; and Bud Pope. Directed by Joseph Kane; written by Ford
Beebe and Alan Ludwig; produced by Nat Levine. Additional filming locations include Bakersfield, Victorville and Barstow.
Memories of the Place I Called Melody Ranch by Gene Autry, Old Town Newhall Gazette, 1995.
LW3154: 9600 dpi jpeg from original lobby card purchased 2017 by Leon Worden.