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The Black Rider

Flying A Pictures
Season 1, Episode 14 (1-14)
Production #13
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Sunday, October 22, 1950

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene tangles with the mysterious Black Rider, who is terrorizing the entire town. The desperate outlaw plans revenge on everyone connected with the execution of a killer.

Detailed Synopsis:

Rocky Dexter, a fugitive murderer, is captured after an outbreak of terror. A few days later, the mysterious "Black Rider" warns Sheriff Zeb Lorry of Gold Flat by a note that any harm done to Dexter will bring death to everyone connected with the case. In spite of this, Dexter is convicted and hanged. The Black Rider, who is Dexter's sister Sheila, immediately seeks revenge against the sheriff, judge, witnesses and members of the jury. She does fairly well until former Texas Ranger Gene Autry rides into the situation. When Gene discovers that the sheriff, an old friend of his, has been wounded by the Black Rider, he takes over the job of nabbing the masked killer, whom no one knows is a woman. Gene is aided by Pat Buttram, a prospector with a yen for "deteckatin'." With the help of the sheriff, Gene and Pat track down the Black Rider and bring her to justice.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Sheila Dexter Sheila Ryan
Doc Westover Bill Henry
Jeff Barker Leonard Penn
Sheriff Zeb Lorry Tom London
Sim Conlon Don C. Harvey
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


When It's Night Time in Nevada Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Frank McDonald
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Elizabeth Beecher
Director of Photography William Bradford
Film Editor Jodie Copelan
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company