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Film Info

Oh, Susanna!

Republic Pictures
Production #: 601
59 minutes

Killer Wolf Benson escapes from a sheriff's posse by getting on a passenger train as it enters a tunnel. Realizing that the train will be searched at the next stop, he enters the stateroom of radio star Gene Autry, knocks him unconscious, changes clothes with him, and then hurls Gene's limp form out the window. Benson escapes with Gene's luggage while Gene is picked up by roving troubadour actors Frog Millhouse and Professor Daniels. When Gene, in the garb of Benson, tries to explain to authorities, he is jailed and ordered to be hanged the next day. Frog and the Professor obtain his release through trickery with a Gene Autry recording. Meanwhile, Benson, guided by a telegram he found in Gene's belongings, arrives at Jefferson Lee's dude ranch passing as Gene, an old friend. When Lee sees through the ruse, he is promptly killed and robbed of several thousand dollars. The family, including Lee's daughter Mary Ann, in charge of ranch entertainment, offer a "Dead or Alive" reward for Gene Autry. The real Gene finally arrives at the ranch and, with Frog, the Professor, and the Light Crust Doughboys, entertains guests. At the same time he does a bit of sleuthing, tracking down Benson, and clearing his own name.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Frog Millhouse Smiley Burnette
Mary Ann Lee Frances Grant
Professor Daniels Earle Hodgins
Flash Baldwin Donald Kirke
Wolf Benson Boothe Howard
Mrs. Lee Clara Kimball Young
Sheriff Cole Ed Peil, Sr.
Hank Frankie Marvin
Jefferson Lee Carl Stockdale
Briggs' Deputy Roscoe Gerall
Farmer Roger Gray
Sheriff Jones Fred Burns
Sheriff Briggs Walter James
Pete Lew Meehan
Porter Snowflake
Cowboy Band Light Crust Doughboys
Champion Champion


OH! SUSANNA Instrumental
OH! SUSANNA Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
TIGER RAG Light Crust Doughboys
THEY NEVER COME THROUGH WITH THE RING Smiley Burnette and Earle Hodgins
RIDE ON VAQUERO Light Crust Doughboys
WATER WHEEL Gene Autry and Frances Grant
TUGBOAT Instrumental
AS OUR PALS RIDE BY Light Crust Doughboys
WATER WHEEL Gene Autry, Frances Grant, and Studio Singers


Produced by Nat Levine
Directed by Joseph Kane
Supervised by Armand Schaefer
Original Story and Screenplay Oliver Drake
Supervising Editor Murray Seldeen
Photography William Nobles
Film Editor Lester Orlebeck
Musical Supervision Harry Grey
Songs by Sam H. Stept – Oliver Drake Gene Autry – Smiley Burnette
Sound Engineer Terry Kellum

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