29 January 2012 | bkoganbing
Gene Autry's last film for Republic Pictures before leaving for war service in the Army Air Corps is this item. Bells Of Capistrano finds him and sidekicks Smiley Burnette and Joe Strauch getting involved in helping to save a rodeo from going bankrupt and being taken over by a competitor.
The show is being run by boss lady Virginia Grey and when her adoptive parents Lucien Littlefield and Claire DuBrey hire Autry as a singer, she's skeptical feeling they need some hard riding cowboys for the various events. But Gene shows he's up to that and his singing all of a sudden starts bringing in the cash customers.
Which is of concern to villains Tris Coffin and Morgan Conway. Coffin opts for traditional villainy, but Conway is opening up an all fronts offensive which includes romancing Grey. That does not sit well with his girlfriend, Marla Shelton.
Gene sings some nice songs in this which include that old Ruth Etting favorite At Sundown. And in keeping with the times and Autry's personal decision to enlist in the Armed Forces there is a rousing patriotic cowboy finale.
Gene Autry went to war on a relatively high note cinema wise. Bells Of Capistrano should please his legion of fans.