The Big Sombrero (1949)

78 mins | Western | March 1949

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writer:

Olive Cooper

Producer:

Armand Schaefer

Cinematographer:

Bill Bradford

Editor:

Henry Batista

Production Designer:

Harold MacArthur

Production Company:

Gene Autry Productions
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16 Apr 1949.
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Daily Variety
27 Jan 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Apr 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Apr 49
p. 4574.
Variety
2 Feb 49
p. 12.
Variety
13 Apr 49
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus supv
SOUND
COLOR PERSONNEL
Cinecolor supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"My Adobe Hacienda," music and lyrics by Louise Massey and Lee Penny
"Rancho Pillow," music by Allie Wrubel, lyrics by Charles Newman
"Oh, My Darling Clementine," music and lyrics by Percy Montrose
+
SONGS
"My Adobe Hacienda," music and lyrics by Louise Massey and Lee Penny
"Rancho Pillow," music by Allie Wrubel, lyrics by Charles Newman
"Oh, My Darling Clementine," music and lyrics by Percy Montrose
"You Belong to My Heart (Solamente una vez,)" music and Spanish lyrics by Augustín Lara, English lyrics by Ray Gilbert
"La golondrina," words and music by Narcisco Serradell
"Goodbye to My Old Mexico," music and lyrics by Dwight Butcher
"I'm Thankful for Small Favors," music and lyrics by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
"Trail to Mexico," traditional.
+
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1949
Production Date:
7 August--10 September 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Gene Autry Productions
Copyright Date:
27 September 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1832
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Cinecolor
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
7,005
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After cowboy Gene Autry pawns his guitar, he meets former rodeo sharpshooter Angie Burke, who is now working as a chaperon for wealthy ranch owner Estrellita Estrada. When Angie learns that Gene is out of work, she suggests that he ride across the border to El Sombrero Grande, Estrellita's ranch, which is managed by James Garland, an acquaintance from their days with Monahan's Wild West Show. At the ranch, Garland is in the process of forcing the rancheros, who rent part of the land, off the property. A fight breaks out just as Gene rides up, and he stops Garland from shooting the unarmed men. Later, Garland hires Gene to be ranch foreman and announces that he plans to marry Estrellita. On the way back to the ranch, Gene offers a ride to Luis Alvarado, Estrellita's godfather, and learns that he has been hired to replace Felipe Gonzales, who has worked on the ranch all his life. Although Gene does not want to displace Felipe, he decides to accept the job in order to help the rancheros, led by Juan Vazcaro, and hires Felipe as his translator. Gene's first action is to bring Estrellita, who is in the United States with Angie, back to Mexico. Despite Angie's attempts to stop them, Gene and Luis successfully kidnap Estrellita and drive her back to the ranch. Meanwhile, Garland plots to sell the ranch to Ben McBride. McBride is anxious for Garland to get rid of the rancheros before they can sell their cattle and pay their back rent, but Gene secretly organizes a cattle drive with the rancheros. As Gene and Juan ride to a meeting of the rancheros, they are ... +


After cowboy Gene Autry pawns his guitar, he meets former rodeo sharpshooter Angie Burke, who is now working as a chaperon for wealthy ranch owner Estrellita Estrada. When Angie learns that Gene is out of work, she suggests that he ride across the border to El Sombrero Grande, Estrellita's ranch, which is managed by James Garland, an acquaintance from their days with Monahan's Wild West Show. At the ranch, Garland is in the process of forcing the rancheros, who rent part of the land, off the property. A fight breaks out just as Gene rides up, and he stops Garland from shooting the unarmed men. Later, Garland hires Gene to be ranch foreman and announces that he plans to marry Estrellita. On the way back to the ranch, Gene offers a ride to Luis Alvarado, Estrellita's godfather, and learns that he has been hired to replace Felipe Gonzales, who has worked on the ranch all his life. Although Gene does not want to displace Felipe, he decides to accept the job in order to help the rancheros, led by Juan Vazcaro, and hires Felipe as his translator. Gene's first action is to bring Estrellita, who is in the United States with Angie, back to Mexico. Despite Angie's attempts to stop them, Gene and Luis successfully kidnap Estrellita and drive her back to the ranch. Meanwhile, Garland plots to sell the ranch to Ben McBride. McBride is anxious for Garland to get rid of the rancheros before they can sell their cattle and pay their back rent, but Gene secretly organizes a cattle drive with the rancheros. As Gene and Juan ride to a meeting of the rancheros, they are shot at by Stacy, one of Garland's men. Gene and Juan capture him and then learn that the other rancheros are under attack. The rancheros are able to fight off Garland's men, but later Tico, a young boy, inadvertently reveals Gene's plans to Garland. Before the men leave on the cattle drive, Gene encourages Estrellita to take an interest in her ranch, but she is still eager to return to the United States. Garland and McBride ambush the rancheros at a mountain pass, and during the battle, Tico is killed. When the rancheros bring Tico's body back to the ranch, Garland professes his innocence, but Estrellita now knows his real intentions and orders him to leave the country. She then asks Gene to help her learn to care for the ranch. Much later, after Estrellita has absolved the rancheros' debts, Gene leaves Mexico, but promises to return soon. +

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