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Television
The Gene Autry Show

Killer's Trail

Flying A Pictures
Season 2, Episode 4 (2-04)
Production #35
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Saturday, October 27, 1951

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene and Pat discover the true identity of the outlaw called El Avengador when they rescue a girl being pursued by three men.

Detailed Synopsis:

On the way to Granger, Gene Autry and Pat Buttram rescue a girl being pursued by three men. She takes them to a protected valley, but is evasive, only giving her name as Tonia Castelar. Later in town, Gene and Pat discuss the reward for the capture of the outlaw El Avengador. They again meet Tonia's three pursuers and engage in a fight. The sheriff arrests Gene and Pat for the fight and learns that Gene is after El Avengador. Frank Blake, the tax collector, asks them to guard the stagecoach the next morning, but Gene is suspicious of him and refuses. Gene sends Pat back to the valley with Tonia and the gang, while he and the sheriff trail the coach. It is attacked and Blake killed. Gene sends the sheriff back for a posse and heads for the secret valley. Plotting to capture El Avengador, he learns that the bandit chief is Tonia Castelar. Pat is sympathetic towards Tonia and argues against Gene arresting her. This conversation is overheard, and they are both captured. Tonia agrees to let them go just as Wade Morgan and his men attack. The timely arrival of the sheriff and his posse turns the tied of battle and the heavies are captured or killed. Morgan is proved to be behind the scheme to get Tonia, and a government pardon is promised to the girl outlaw and her followers.


Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Tonia Castelar Donna Martell
Wade Morgan James Craven
Sheriff Jim Kent Ewing Mitchell
Mike Riley Hill
Hank Gregg Barton
Felipe Mendoza Francis McDonald
Frank Blake Denver Pyle
Jed Tom Monroe
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse

Songs:

Under Fiesta Stars Gene Autry

Crew:

Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by George Archainbaud
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Oliver Drake
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 Nate Barragar
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company