ImageImageBuck Jones starred in 10 films in 1937 and he directed three.  Of the 160-odd films he appeared in during his career, these were the only films he directed.

For a guy who was directed by Frank Borzage and John Ford, his film-making style is much more Elmer Clifton.   The story is pure Poverty Row and the characters more than familiar.  He does manage some nice framing.

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ImageWith the budget and the schedule Buck was given, these are real accomplishments.  However, he never directed again.

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At last!  An entirely Singing Cowboy!

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“Roll Along, Ride ‘Em Cowboy, Roll Along”

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“Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle”

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“Yippee Tay Yiy Yippee Yippee Yah”

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“I’ve Got A Girl”

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“On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies”

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“Stars Over The Desert”

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“On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies” (reprise).

If you’ve been counting, that’s seven songs.  That leaves approximately seventeen minutes for plot, romance, fighting, horses and gunplay.   Perhaps a good thing, since our hero is a beanpole with the body of an undernourished 14-year-old.

But as singing cowboys go, Smith Bellew is the most accomplished of the bunch.  He had a storied history as a jazz vocalist and band leader long before he donned the white hat and over-sized chaps.  Geoffrey J. Orr has written a book on Bellew and shares a fascinating overview of his life here.

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— Swing Out Sweet Land, NBC Special, 1970