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Thanks to his sidekick Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette), Gene Autry and
his men find themselves owners of a dairy farm instead of a cattle farm -
but as soon as they have learned how to milk cows, the already run into
troubles, as the milk shipments of all the dairy men of the region are
regularly attacked by outlaws, and their load destroyed. The locals blame
it on the trucking company from a neighbouring town, and the local vet and
radio station owner Doc Blair (Robert Barrat) offers to run a dairymen
protection association - for a price of course. Now Gene doesn't quite buy
into this, especially since Blair is too close with the town's deputy
Haines (Buster Crabbe), so he hesitates to join the association ... and
he's totally right of course, as Blair and Haines are in cahoots and
secretly run a protection racket, operated via the radio station on which
Haines' sister Carol (June Storey) reads encoded messages (without knowing
about this) to tip off Blair's gang about where to strike next. The
sheriff of the town (William Farnum) eventually finds out, and is shot for
Having Blair and his radio station behind him, Haines is sure
he'll be elected sheriff, but with a bit of trickery by Frog and saloon
owner Ginger (Barbara Pepper) and support from the local women's group,
Gene is elected sheriff instead, and he's quick to figure out all the
connections and manages to convince even Carol that her brother and Blair
are using her - but when she tries to help Gene by luring Blair and his
men into a trap, Blair finds out and the trap almost springs on Gene ...
if it wasn't for Haines, who figures it's a more worthy cause to help his
sister than Blair and thus in the nick of time helps Gene bringing Blair
And in the end ... Frog gets the girl (Ginger) for a change.
Western with quite a bit of music that's certainly not a particularly bad
film, but that also ably shows the shortcomings of many musical Westerns
and Gene Autry's films in particular: They're just too harmless, are built
more around the musical numbers and the comedy than actual action you'r
expect from a Western. Thus this movie at hand features way more songs
than shoot-outs, jokes that distract from the seriousness of the main
story a bit too well, and even when things get rough the action lacks
edge. Now all of this said, for what it is, a harmless and a bit toothless
musical Western, Colorado Sunset is pretty ok, entertaining even,
but yeah, it just is what it is ...