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"Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
Starring Gene Autry

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"TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS"
Republic 1935

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Lobby Card

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Re-release 1944

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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.

Further reading: 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.
GENE AUTRY FILMS

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Tumbling Tumbleweeds 1935 x3

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Melody Ranch (Movie) 1940 x2

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The Singing Hill 1941 x2

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Cowboy Serenade 1942

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Strawberry Roan 1948 x3

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Rim of the Canyon 1949

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The Big Sombrero 1949/56 x2

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Apache Country
1952 x3

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Saginaw Trail 1953

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Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Pat Buttram 1988 (Video)

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