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Outlaw Escape

Flying A Pictures
Season 2, Episode 9 (2-09)
Production #28
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Saturday, December 1, 1951

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Pat is elected sheriff of Goose Creek so that town boss Brad Bidwell’s illegal schemes can proceed undeterred. However, Pat contacts his friend Gene to help bring outlaws to justice.

Detailed Synopsis:

In order to control the town of Goose Creek, Brad Bidwell has the bumbling Pat Buttram elected sheriff. Pat, unbeknownst to Bidwell, hires Gene Autry as his deputy, and his arrival throws a monkey wrench into Bidwell's nefarious plans. As a result, Bidwell tries to make it hot for Gene by having his men stage a fight at the saloon, which only convinces Gene to stay in town. Pat receives a telegram informing him that convict Red Lambert has escaped from prison and is headed towards Goose Creek. Gene and Pat saddle their horses to try to head off the outlaw. Gene rides ahead of Pat, who is terribly affected by saddle sores. Red then waylays Pat, forces him to switch clothes with him, and takes his horse and gun. Meanwhile, Gene runs across Bidwell's heavies and a gun battle ensues. Red, in Pat's clothes, runs off the heavies and later ambushes Gene, taking away his gun. Gene and Pat head to Hiram Glover's ranch for guns so that they can continue the hunt for Red, who coincidentally has also gone to his former boss Glover's ranch. Glover helps Red escape and promises to hold Gene and Pat until Red is able to prove his innocence. By a clever ruse, Gene and Pat get away. Trailing Red, they find evidence convicting Bidwell of the murder of the former sheriff, who was thought to have run away. Red confronts Bidwell and is about to get a written confession absolving him of his crimes, when two henchmen appear. Gene and Pat arrive just in time to save Red and put the real culprits into the hands of the law.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Polly Glover Gail Davis
Brad Bidwell James Craven
Hiram Glover Ewing Mitchell
Pete Ben Weldon
Red Lambert Robert Peyton
Blake Myron Healey
Sam Grover Lee Morgan
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Crime Will Never Pay Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by George Archainbaud
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Earle Snell
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Film Editor Richard G. Wray
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Assistant Director Nate Barragar
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company

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