"Song of Old Wyoming" is the first of a series of B-Westerns, starring Eddie Dean and filmed in Cinecolor by Poverty Row studio, PRC. A total of five were produced in color.
The story is that Eddie Dean was upstaged in this first of the series by newcomer, Al (soon to be known as "Lash") LaRue. LaRue couldn't sing like Eddie Dean, who was the most mellifluous of cowboy singers. Dean also co-wrote two of the films three songs.
Prolific B-movie producer-director, Robert Emmett Tansey, produced the initial entries in Dean's series at PRC.
Cinecolor was a two-color process using blue-green and red-magenta dyes. The system produced acceptable color at a fraction of the cost of Technicolor. Cinecolor reproduced reds, browns and blues well and for this reason was used on many westerns.
I was inspired by the nostalgic comments about this film to watch the execrable print previously uploaded on the Archive. That wretched copy made me want to find a more complete version and I finally tracked one down with vastly improved, though far from perfect, resolution and color. I had to eliminate missing footage by using bits from the previous Archive version but there are many small gaps. I hope these replaced sections are not too distracting, and that this version makes the film much more watchable.
November 30, 2019 Subject:
Eddie Dean in a Superior Western - With a Lot of Heart
A fine script and good acting all around heralds the first appearance of Lash La Rue, iconic cowboy anti-hero. Here he is paired, in the first of three films, with singing cowboy Eddie Dean. Also on board is grizzled old Emmett Lynn; Sarah Padden as the indomitable rancher fighting for Wyoming's statehood; and Jennifer Holt as the attractive love interest. For a western, and a "poverty row" western at that, there is a deeper sense of emotion than is usual and it is well done. Good script with plenty of action, great debut by La Rue, good singing by Dean of some forgettable songs, and a fine restored version with great Cinecolor and sound. Highly recommended.
May 11, 2015 Subject:
A Great Restoration.
This restoration is the best and sharpest I've ever seen of this film thanks to the person for this work. This is a very popular western for several reasons including the fact that Al "Lash" LaRue was the breakout star of the picture and deservedly so. This was the second Cinecolor picture which co-starred Eddie Dean. "Wildfire" in 1945 was the first with Bob Steele, also produced by Robert Tansey a noted schlock producer at Monogram through the early 40's and written by the under-rated and just now getting the recognition she deserves, Frances Kavanaugh.
18000 plus people have viewed the older version of this film on IA to date. So that says something. My original review of that version still stands pretty much as it is from 10-29-2010.
A word about Cinecolor. Cinecolor was widely used by the military cameramen during WWII and as the war was winding down, millions of feet of this type of film was available as government surplus and since it was exceptional using outdoor natural lighting,movie producers grabbed it up in large batches, especially for use in Westerns and other outdoor dramas of the day. Cinecolor sank into oblivion in 1954, but several items of the finished films are still available and now with digital restoration of colors, looks better than ever on several DVDs that I own. Even Tansey gets an A+ here on production, sound and music and costumes. It's a must watch, even if you have seen it before at IA or elsewhere. Enjoy