Gene goes after the badguys after they kidnap the baby he should have been babysitting.Gene goes after the badguys after they kidnap the baby he should have been babysitting.Gene goes after the badguys after they kidnap the baby he should have been babysitting.
- Souvenier - Millicent's Dogas Souvenier - Millicent's Dog
- (as Buck the Wonder Dog)
The story begins with Gene performing and winning at a rodeo. Later that night, a Gypsy* sneaks into Gene and Frog's room and steals all of their money. Without money, the pair go out to look for work the next day and they get jobs as cooks on the ranch of a very grouchy man. They are complete busts, as they don't know how to cook AND the dog, Souvenir, is a klepto and stole the cookbook. But to make it worse, that accursed Saint Bernard has stolen all sorts of things...including a baby!!!! I am not kidding. This becomes a problem for many reasons. First, Gene incorrectly assumes that the girl he is smitten with (Ann Rutherford) is a mother...and this cools off his ardor. Second, the baby's real father turns out to be the evil Gypsy who stole Gene's rodeo winnings! What's next? See the film.
Nearly all of Gene Autry's films center on some baddie--who usually is involved in cattle rustling or perhaps running the territory. In this case, however, the emphasis is on humor...such as the kleptomaniac dog! It's a huge departure from the usual...possibly because it's an early Autry film developed before the formula became hard and fast. Regardless, it's strange and also features a gang of sexy cowgirls as well as the weirdest ending I can recall! See the very end...see what I mean.
This is an enjoyable movie with less suspense than usual and more comedy. Not a bad mix...but also one which is a weaker Autry effort. Still, a weak Autry film is still awfully good.
Souvenir in the movie is billed because it happens to be a famous dog--Buck from "Call of the Wild". And, with Champion (Gene's horse) also getting billing, it's as I've said...a most unusual film!
*I know 'Gypsy' is not the most politically correct term...it's the one they used in the film. Today, Romani or Roma is a much more acceptable term.
- Aug 31, 2020