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The Kid Comes West

Flying A Pictures
Production #44
Original Air Date:
Saturday, December 8, 1951
Network: CBS
Season 2, Episode 10 (2-10)
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:
When his daughter dies, an elderly rancher sends for his grandchild, whom he plans to make his heir. Gene and Pat go to meet the boy’s stage, but find some unexpected trouble.

Detailed Synopsis:
Wealthy woman-hater Frank Graham learns his long-estranged daughter is dead and that he has a grandson named Frank Scott. Graham sends for the boy, planning to make him his heir. This is a bitter blow to Paul Greeley, Graham's nephew, who had figured on inheriting the estate. He is heavily in debt to the unscrupulous gambler Duke Ferris. Graham asks foreman Gene Autry and Pat Buttram to meet the stage bringing Frank. They arrive just in time to chase away two of Duke's henchmen, who have been ordered to murder the child so that Paul can be the heir. Much to Gene's astonishment, Frank turns out to be a girl, Frankie. After reconciling the female-hating Graham to that fact, Gene leaves to find the would-be murderers. Suspicious of Paul, Gene follows him to Duke's headquarters in town. Paul, innocent of any plotting against Frankie, is outraged at the murder attempt and threatens to expose Duke, whereupon Duke makes Paul his prisoner. Duke then sets out with one of his henchmen to kill Frankie. Gene rescues Paul, rides after Duke, and arrives in time to save Frankie and Pat from certain death.

 Bonus! Syndication Press Release

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Frankie Scott Sherry Jackson
Frank Graham William Fawcett
Paul Greeley Steve Pendleton
Duke Ferris Keith Richards
Hench Craig Woods
Monk Sandy Sanders
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse

On Top of Old Smokey Gene Autry and Cast

Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by George Archainbaud
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Joe Richardson
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Film Editor Jodie Copelan
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Assistant Director Stanley Neufeld
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company