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In the early days of television, Don Blake and partner Sam are sent west to look for musicians and singers for the TV show Square Dance Jubilee. In their search they run into a gang of rustlers that change brands and then sell the cattle. The gang plans their next raid when the whole county is in town for the TV broadcast of the local talent. But Don and Sam are on to the rustlers and are ready.

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    • Author: Jeyn
    With a plot not unlike that of KENTUCKY JUBILEE (also a Lippert release), ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, HOOTENANNY HOOT, DON'T KNOCK THE TWIST, and many other "talent scout tries to put together a show" musical films, SQUARE DANCE JUBILEE finds leading man Don Barry teamed with rubber-faced funny-man Wally Vernon as television men looking in the rural west for talented country music performers to be featured on a network program (one in which we see Spade Cooley perform at the beginning of the film--in fact, Cooley addresses the audience and INTRODUCES the film!). The talent is fantastic, featuring Cowboy Copas doing a number of tunes, along with the lesser-known Claude Casey, who is also a fine country singer. Even west-coast country-music comic performer Herman the Hermit has a brief, strange appearance. If that's not enough, we get great performances from Max Terhune (without his dummy, Elmer, but doing some great vocal gymnastics!), Snub Pollard, Tom Kennedy, Tom Tyler as the "muscle" for the crooked town boss played with glee by John Eldredge (see my review of his great performance as the murderous blind date in LONELY HEART BANDITS, made the next year at Republic), and many regular b-movie faces. The film combines an exciting western-crime plot with entertaining music and dancing with well-played comedy sequences. Heck, even Don Barry himself sings a novelty song called "Girl in the Mink Blue Jeans" that isn't bad (although he was wise to keep his day job as an actor!). I don't see how someone could give this film a low rating because it completely achieves what it set out to do. It's basically a musical performance film strung together with a crime plot and comedy relief. The music is good, the western-crime plot is exciting and entertaining, and the comedy is well done. And it does all that in a little over an hour, and it probably was very cheap to make. If I were a small-town moviegoer in 1949 who enjoyed Spade Cooley's TV show, who had liked Don "Red" Barry in his earlier films, and who liked Wally Vernon's comedy shorts, I'd be pleased as punch to put down a dollar or so to get all of that in one entertaining package. This "Donald Barry production" for Lippert Pictures is an entertaining little gem of a b-movie, and I've watched it every year or two for a decade now. I look forward to watching it again soon...
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    • Author: Frey
    This thinly plotted musical western was produced by star Barry for release by quickie movie mogul Lippert. The efforts of the cast(most notable are Spade Cooley,Cowboy Copas)are more musically inclined than towards dramatics. An "Oklahoma" it ain't!
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    • Author: Vetitc
    In the scene where Don Barry and Wally Vernon come into town to look for performers for Spade Cooley's TV show, Barry makes a comment about how the town looks like something out of a Don "Red" Barry western. Vernon replies, "Yeah, I remember him (or some such comment)." Barry replies, "I never liked him." Don't know if this was an ad lib, or just something the scriptwriters threw in to get a laugh. Since Barry was listed as associate producer for the film, he probably added that to the script. While he was quoted as saying he did not like the association with Red Ryder, he had to admit that his nickname helped to get him jobs in later years.
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    • Author: Gathris
    Son Red Barry and Wally Vernon travel through the west looking for acts to put on TV. There's more to it then that but this is really just an excuse for various country acts to perform for the camera. The additional plot lines that run through the film are both in good and bad in that they make this a bit more than the typical filmed act movie, however at the same time the additional running time, this runs 80 minutes which is about 25 minutes longer than most of these films, makes this a bit of a slog to get through. Still the music is pretty good and the cast is game making it worth a shot.

    5.5 out of 10
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Don 'Red' Barry Don 'Red' Barry - Don Blake (as Don Barry)
    Mary Beth Hughes Mary Beth Hughes - Barbara Clayton
    Wally Vernon Wally Vernon - Seldom Sam Jenks
    Spade Cooley Spade Cooley - Spade Cooley
    Max Terhune Max Terhune - Sheriff
    John Eldredge John Eldredge - Jed Stratton
    Thurston Hall Thurston Hall - G.K.
    Chester Clute Chester Clute - Yes-Man
    Tom Tyler Tom Tyler - Henchman Buck
    Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy - Bartender Tom
    Britt Wood Britt Wood - Grubby
    Clark Stevens Clark Stevens - Henchman Jim Clark
    Marshall Reed Marshall Reed - Charlie Jordan
    Lee Roberts Lee Roberts - Line-Shack Henchman
    Alex Montoya Alex Montoya - Alvin
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