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Fun Autry Fact:

When the famous "Hollywood" sign fell into disrepair in 1978, various entertainers agreed to buy a letter for $27,777.77. Gene bought the first "L."

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The Gene Autry Show

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Flying A Pictures
Season 4, Episode 3 (4-03)
Production #62
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Tuesday, July 20, 1954

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

A crooked oilman tries to defraud a rancher out of his valuable property, but Gene has the foresight to telegraph a few lawmen to check the promoter’s references.

Detailed Synopsis:

While carrying mortgage money, Flying M Ranch cook Pat Buttram is tricked into a chuck wagon race by neighboring ranch hands. Gene Autry arrives in time to take over and stop the ambush planned by the T Bar C men. Later, Reb Stearns starts a fight in town with telegraph operator Pop Wallace, who substituted a fake telegram for one Gene sent inquiring about the T Bar C's new owner, Jim Eastman. Eastman's daughter, Gail, gets Gene to put his signature on a blank piece of paper, which she later uses to try to get the answer to his telegram. Pop is suspicious, so he gives her a fake telegram. The original states that Jim Eastman is a phony oil promoter wanted by the U.S. Marshal. Reb knocks out Pop and warns Eastman, who starts to escape in the ranch chuck wagon. Gene and Pat spot him, and a wild race follows where Eastman is knocked out by the lurching wagon. Searching him, Gene discovers the real telegram in his pocket. Realizing Pop must have been hurt in order for him to have it, they race back to town to rescue Pop after taking Eastman prisoner. Reb and Watson continue to put up a fight, but justice prevails and the whole gang is rounded up and put in jail to await the U.S. Marshal.


Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Gail Eastman Rochelle Stanton
Jim Eastman Arthur Space
Pop Wallace William Fawcett
Bank Teller James Best
Reb Stearns Rory Mallinson
Watson Gregg Barton
Eli Clark Forrest Taylor
Driver Red Morgan
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse

Songs:

I Only Want a Buddy Gene Autry

Crew:

Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Ross Lederman
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Norman S. Hall
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Film Editor Anthony Wollner
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Assistant Director Stanley Neufeld
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company