The Singing Cowgirl (1938) starring Dorothy Page, Dave O'Brien, Vince Barnett, Dorothy Short, Dix Davis directed by Samuel Diege Movie Review

The Singing Cowgirl (1938)   2/52/52/52/52/5


Dorothy Page and Dix Davis in The Singing Cowgirl (1938)

Dorothy Sings the Cowgirl Blues

Rancher John Tolen (Stanley price) is after the Harkins ranch as his men found some gold at the river which flows through it. What Tolen doesn't know but locals Dorothy (Dorothy Page) and wanderer Dick (Dave O'Brien) discover is that the gold is actually washing down from the Tolen ranch. With Tolen wanting to eliminate the Harkins family, even young Billy (Dix Davis) Dorothy and Dick along with Billy's uncle set about tricking Tolen by offering to switch ranches with him.

I have come across only one other movie featuring Dorothy Page which was also a western like this and I imagine I may have already said what I am about to. The only difference between "The Singing Cowgirl" and other westerns of the era is we have a female singing star, so basically Tex Ritter is replaced by Dorothy Page. As such for the most "The Singing Cowgirl" is routine with a typical storyline about one rancher trying to get his hands on a neighbouring ranch by illegal means. Along the way there is some romance, some singing and of course some comedy thanks to Vince Barnett as Kewpie.

For that reason "The Singing Cowgirl" is nothing special but is entertaining enough with Dorothy Page being a pleasant singer even if she doesn't actually do much as a western star. But this is a movie which surprisingly sees something happen to a child you would not normally see in an old western. And it also featured an old toy, a half drawn face on a piece of card with a chain to move around to give it features, which reminded me of my childhood. But that is it and whilst it tries to be clever with a land swap twist there is nothing but routine going on here

What this all boils down to is that "The Singing Cowgirl" is just about a typical western of the era when it comes to the story but with the difference with is featuring a singing cowgirl instead of a singing cowboy. But it is a case that the balance is out with the western stuff playing second fiddle to all the light stuff such as the humour and the musical scenes.


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