1 March 2011 | froberts73
gold mine in the sky is a gold mine of entertainment
Actually, I would have given this a full 10, but felt I would be chortled at giving an Autry western that many points.
This picture, Autry's best as far as I am concerned, has a very good story, wonderful performances, more laughs than most pictures listed as comedies, and two disparate female leads, sort of a Martin and Lewis thing, one that is easy on the eyes (and then some) and the other a comic foil with a butch appearance for good measure.
Miss Hughes, comely? That's a weak word. She is ddg - drop dead gorgeous, and handles her comedic portions very, very well. Hard to believe she was Regis Philbin's former mom-in-law. Her only marriage was to Frank Faylen who had many movie and television appearances to his credit, including a running role on Dobie Gillis.
Cupid (real name Helen) Ainsworth is a portly lady, best described as a hoot. She was, during her long career, also a writer and a producer. In this flick she lusts after Smiley Burnette. (I spent a day with him and it was great fun. Rufe Davis was there as well. He was one of the original Three Mesquiteers. We had a mutual friend in Frank Rice, half of the team of Mustard and Gravy, appearing with Eddy Arnold. When I was them they were partnered on the "Petticoat Junction" choo-choo.)
This is probably the most light-hearted western that ever came from Republic, and it features some really good western music including, of course, the title tune.
Even if the old black-white westerns are not your cup of Lipton, you will still enjoy this movie. If you like action, there is plenty of that.
The plot has to do with a fake kidnapping, winding up as a real kidnapping. The meanies are well-groomed city slickers, outmaneuvered at almost every turn by a youthful Gene Autry.
So-o-o, there is nothing really complicated about this movie, it is just pure enjoyment, top to bottom.