Romance

RIDES THE RANGE

CLIFF NAZARRO - MARION SHILLING

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Opera or horse opera? Fred Scott in Romance Rides the Range.

finishing his last curtain call for the season and arguing with his manager about what should happen next. While the manager wants his star to tour Europe, Scott insists on a vacation back to his roots—in the ranching West of his youth. Establishing this binary cultural opposition, Scott's "difference" is remedied by the fact that his roots and his heart are in the country—making him "just folks." Movie audiences ultimately disagreed, preferring to maintain the gap between popular and "high" culture, by favoring the style of Tex Ritter and Roy Rogers over Scott's unique operatic crooning.

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