Ride, Ranger, Ride (1936) starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Kay Hughes, Monte Blue directed by Joseph Kane Movie Review

Ride, Ranger, Ride (1936)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Ride, Ranger, Ride (1936) starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Kay Hughes

Autry in Ranger Danger

With the Cavalry coming to Texas the Rangers are being merged into them with Texas Ranger Gene Autry becoming a Lieutenant. But with the Comanches reportedly at peace the only duty for the Cavalry men is duties in the Fort. But it seems there is someone looking to cause trouble by stirring up some Comanche unrest which finds Gene and his friends in and out of trouble as he has to find out who is behind the trouble.

As a western fan when it comes to these early oaters the appeal when watching them now is usually two fold; firstly for the star and secondly the stunt work. You notice I choose to ignore the storyline and that is because most of these early westerns had familiar storylines. And "Ride, Ranger, Ride" is no different with someone stirring up the Indians leading to the star of the movie having to be a hero. Oh there are some minor differences here and there but for the most you know how it will play out soon after the movie starts.

So what that leaves with "Ride, Ranger, Ride" is some nice stunt work with some good horse riding skills and the lead performance of Gene Autry. Yet ironically Gene Autry is actually pretty anonymous in this movie and fails to stamp his mark on it with the supporting cast ending up doing a much better job of establishing characters than he does.

What this all boils down to is that "Ride, Ranger, Ride" is simply a typical early western which goes through the motions but does nothing to make this movie stand apart from the hundreds of other early westerns especially with an anonymous performance from Gene Autry.