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The Killer Horse

Flying A Pictures
Season 1, Episode 21 (1-21)
Production #20
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Sunday, December 10, 1950

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene protects a young boy’s wild horse accused of killing an old prospector. Though evidence indicates that the horse is at fault, Gene sets out to find the real killer.

Detailed Synopsis:

Chuck Jones is the only boy in Pecos Bend who does not have a horse to ride. His father, Blowfly Jones, promises him the thoroughbred Blackie, whom rancher Gene Autry agrees to break. The town doubts Blowfly's promise, but Gene goes to the hills to work on the horse. On the way, he meets the town marshal investigating the death of a prospector found with horseshoe prints on him. The ground is also marked with the proof of a terrific struggle. All evidence points to Blackie because his shoes match those of the killer horse. Another prospector is found dead, and Blackie is put on trial and condemned to be shot. Gene, however, notes the discrepancy that the "wild stallion" wore shoes and sets out to find the real killer. Chuck lets Blackie escape, Gene and the heavies trail it, and they all find the horse at the same time. During a desperate fight, Gene sees one of the heavies using a club with an attached horseshoe that matches the bruises found on the dead man, but not the shoe marks on the ground. Blackie was used as a decoy to mark the ground after the heavies committed the murders. Blackie is officially cleared, and Chuck finally has his very own horse.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Tiny Alan Hale, Jr.
Mike Hooper Harry Cheshire
Chuck Jones William Kimbley
Uvade Harry Lauter
Scoop Don C. Harvey
Tub Mohan Kenne Duncan
Blowfly Jones Hal K. Dawson
Stray Man Marshall Reed
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Let Me Ride Down
in Rocky Canyon
Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by George Archainbaud
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Kenneth Perkins
Director of Photography William Bradford
Film Editor Sherman Rose
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company

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