Review: ‘Down Mexico Way’

After a pair of swindlers work over the small town of Sage City, Gene Autry discovers his townfolk have been bilked out of coin supposedly aimed for picture production. Accompanied by Smiley Burnette and reformed Mexican bad man (Harold Huber), Autry trails the crooks into Mexico, where the swindlers' confederates are repeating activities with a rich Mexican rancher as victim. From there on, it's up to Autry to uncover the machinations of the crooks, which he does with a rousing chase and gunfight for a finale.

After a pair of swindlers work over the small town of Sage City, Gene Autry discovers his townfolk have been bilked out of coin supposedly aimed for picture production. Accompanied by Smiley Burnette and reformed Mexican bad man (Harold Huber), Autry trails the crooks into Mexico, where the swindlers’ confederates are repeating activities with a rich Mexican rancher as victim. From there on, it’s up to Autry to uncover the machinations of the crooks, which he does with a rousing chase and gunfight for a finale.

Story carries along at a good pace, neatly intermingling action, romance and comedy. Autry carries his assignment as the hero in good style, singing several songs – including a couple of familiar pops – in usual fashion.

Picture carries ambitious production mounting in comparison to previous Autrys in the series; with climactic chase using an auto, horses and wildly careening motorcycles for variation.

Down Mexico Way

Production

Republic. Director Joseph Santley; Producer Harry Grey; Screenplay Olive Cooper, Albert Duffy; Camera Jack Marta; Editor Howard O'Neill

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Gene Autry Smiley Burnette Fay McKenzie Harold Huber
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