Shooting High (1940)

65 mins | Western | 26 April 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Jubilo . Although onscreen cast credits list actor Pat O'Malley's character name as "Sam Pritchard," throughout the film his character is called "Sam Pritchard." According to an early studio press release, this picture was to have featured Tony Martin and Joan Davis. The Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library add that second unit director Otto Brower filmed the Southern Pacific Train crew at Santa Susana Pass, CA. This was Gene Autry's first non-Republic western and the first film in which his character's name was not "Gene." According to a studio press release, a controversy occurred over whether Autry should kiss Marjorie Weaver at the film's conclusion, and when his fans objected, the scene was ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Jubilo . Although onscreen cast credits list actor Pat O'Malley's character name as "Sam Pritchard," throughout the film his character is called "Sam Pritchard." According to an early studio press release, this picture was to have featured Tony Martin and Joan Davis. The Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library add that second unit director Otto Brower filmed the Southern Pacific Train crew at Santa Susana Pass, CA. This was Gene Autry's first non-Republic western and the first film in which his character's name was not "Gene." According to a studio press release, a controversy occurred over whether Autry should kiss Marjorie Weaver at the film's conclusion, and when his fans objected, the scene was dropped. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Mar 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Mar 40
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
8 Mar 40
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Jan 40
p. 48.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Mar 40
p. 53.
New York Times
12 Apr 40
p. 19.
Variety
6 Mar 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
DANCE
Dances staged by
Dances staged by
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Wanderers," music and lyrics by Felix Bernard and Paul Webster
"Shanty of Dreams," music and lyrics by Gene Autry and Johnny Marvin
"Only One Love in a Lifetime," music and lyrics by Gene Autry, Johnny Marvin and Harry Tobias
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SONGS
"Wanderers," music and lyrics by Felix Bernard and Paul Webster
"Shanty of Dreams," music and lyrics by Gene Autry and Johnny Marvin
"Only One Love in a Lifetime," music and lyrics by Gene Autry, Johnny Marvin and Harry Tobias
"Little Old Band of Gold," music and lyrics by Gene Autry, Charles Newman and Fred Glickman.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Jubilo
Release Date:
26 April 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 12 April 1940
Production Date:
mid November--mid December 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9706
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
5,842
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5934
SYNOPSIS

The long standing feud between the Carsons and the Pritchards threatens the romance of Will Carson and Marjorie Pritchard. Calvin Pritchard, Marjorie's father as well as the bank president and mayor of Carson Corners, pretends to sanction Will's courtship of his daughter because he needs some Carson property for a proposed highway. When Will learns Calvin's motives, he accuses Marjorie of plotting with her father to steal Carson land. Gene's accusation causes the long simmering dispute to erupt, and as the clans begin their bickering, Gabby Cross, a publicity agent for Spectrum Pictures, appears and offers the town $20,000 to serve as a location for a picture he is making about Wild Bill Carson, Will's grandfather and the founder of Carson Corners. An angry Calvin refuses Gabby's offer, but Jane, his younger daughter, suggests a compromise: the highway for the picture. The bargain struck, the movie company comes to town and star Bob Merritt begins to court Marjorie. Jane, who wants her sister to marry Will, schemes with the sheriff to frighten Merritt out of town by telling him that a lynch party is after his neck. When the head of Spectrum Pictures threatens to sue Pritchard for Merritt's defection, Gabby suggests giving the part to Will, who agrees on the condition that Pritchard extend the Carson mortgages. In the midst of filming, three gangsters drive into town, and when the company stages a bank hold-up, the three slip into the actors' costumes and rob the bank for real. Pursuing them on horseback, Will brings the thieves and the money back to town, thus winning the Pritchards' respect and Marjorie's ... +


The long standing feud between the Carsons and the Pritchards threatens the romance of Will Carson and Marjorie Pritchard. Calvin Pritchard, Marjorie's father as well as the bank president and mayor of Carson Corners, pretends to sanction Will's courtship of his daughter because he needs some Carson property for a proposed highway. When Will learns Calvin's motives, he accuses Marjorie of plotting with her father to steal Carson land. Gene's accusation causes the long simmering dispute to erupt, and as the clans begin their bickering, Gabby Cross, a publicity agent for Spectrum Pictures, appears and offers the town $20,000 to serve as a location for a picture he is making about Wild Bill Carson, Will's grandfather and the founder of Carson Corners. An angry Calvin refuses Gabby's offer, but Jane, his younger daughter, suggests a compromise: the highway for the picture. The bargain struck, the movie company comes to town and star Bob Merritt begins to court Marjorie. Jane, who wants her sister to marry Will, schemes with the sheriff to frighten Merritt out of town by telling him that a lynch party is after his neck. When the head of Spectrum Pictures threatens to sue Pritchard for Merritt's defection, Gabby suggests giving the part to Will, who agrees on the condition that Pritchard extend the Carson mortgages. In the midst of filming, three gangsters drive into town, and when the company stages a bank hold-up, the three slip into the actors' costumes and rob the bank for real. Pursuing them on horseback, Will brings the thieves and the money back to town, thus winning the Pritchards' respect and Marjorie's hand. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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