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Television
The Gene Autry Show

The Million Dollar Fiddle

Flying A Pictures
Season 5, Episode 1 (5-01)
Production #87
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Color

Original Air Date:
Saturday, October 1, 1955

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

An eleven-year-old violinist falls into the hands of crooks when he runs away from home and the concert stage to visit Gene’s ranch.

Detailed Synopsis:

When the Westbound Limited makes its usual brief stop at Autryville, a small boy slips from the train to look for Gene Autry. Eleven-year-old Reggie Regalado has played solo concerts all over the world; his famed violin is insured by Boyd's of London. However, Reggie, a real kid at heart, would gladly trade his million-dollar violin for a chance to be a cowboy on Gene's ranch. The train is well on its way again before Gene discovers the boy. Gene takes him to the Flying A Ranch, then sends a telegram to the Westbound Limited informing Reggie's governess, Miss Nona Nixon, and Reggie's uncle and impresario, Signor Luis Corelli, that both the boy and his violin are safe. Meanwhile, the new foreman Buck Bowman, with the help of a couple of henchmen, has secretly branded some of Gene's stock. Bowman learns that Gene suspects his activities and that it's only a matter of time until Gene traces the cattle thefts. As a result, Bowman and his men decide to beat it. They take Reggie's million-dollar violin, planning to peddle it back to the insurance company. Gene, aided by Pat Buttram and Reggie, breaks up the scheme, recovers the violin, and captures all three criminals. Signor Corelli offers a reward to Gene for his work, and Gene insists that Reggie be allowed to spend every summer at the Flying A.

Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Signor Luis Corelli Nestor Paiva
Buck Bowman Harry Lauter
Reggie Regalado Peter Votrian
Miss Nona Nixon Jean Howell
Railroad Conductor Joe Besser
Bradley Frank Jenks
Cliff Maddern Mike Ragan
Little Champ Little Champ
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse

Songs:

The Yellow Rose of Texas Gene Autry
Back in the Saddle Again Gene Autry and Cast

Crew:

Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Ray Nazarro
Teleplay by John K. Butler
Producer Louis Gray
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Supervising Film Editor Anthony Wollner
Film Editor Bruce B. Pierce, A.C.E.
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Music Editor Erma E. Levin
Assistant Director Stanley Neufeld
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company