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News Archive: 2007

Encore Westerns Celebrates the Life of Gene Autry with 100-Hour Marathon of Restored Films Beginning September 28th
Posted September 6, 2007

Autry Movie Marathon Includes World TV Premiere of 30-Minute Original Special Looking at the Life of the Legend

Englewood, Colorado, September 6, 2007 – When Gene Autry went to Hollywood in 1934, he couldn't act, he couldn't ride, he couldn't rope and he couldn't shoot. But that didn't prevent him from becoming the screen's most popular cowboy star within just a few years, revitalizing the whole genre and paving the way for Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter and other Western warblers.

This September, Encore Westerns pays tribute to the legend on what would be his 100th birthday with "Gene Autry: A Century in the Saddle," a 100-hour marathon of fully-restored Autry films beginning Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The marathon includes the exclusive world television premiere of "Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen," a 30-minute special which chronicles the singing cowboy's remarkable movie career through interviews with friends, colleagues and film historians, along with highlights from many of his 89 B-Westerns made between 1935 and 1953. Those featured in the special, among others, include Gene's widow Jackie Autry; Boyd Magers, author of "Gene Autry Westerns;" and Johnny Western, Gene Autry band member.

From the film Back In The Saddle (1941)

Autry's personal success built the fortune of his home studio, Republic, which purchased many hit songs for him to sing in such films as Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935), South of the Border (1939), Melody Ranch (1940) and Back in the Saddle (1941). All of these films, and many more, will air as part of the 100-hour movie marathon.

After his wartime service, Autry returned briefly to Republic, but in 1947 set up shop on the Columbia lot, where he made several dozen musical Westerns before turning to television in the early '50s. In addition to his own TV series, his Flying A Productions also produced such early TV Westerns as "The Range Rider" and "Annie Oakley." He also enjoyed long-running success on the radio with his weekly "Melody Ranch" series, and sold millions of records over the years. A shrewd businessman from the start, Autry invested wisely and retired from performing in the late ‘50s, a multimillionaire. He owned hotels, real estate, radio stations and the California Angels baseball team.

Gene Autry is the only entertainer to have all five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: for records, radio, movies, television and live performances.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 16.1 million and 28.4 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo®. Starz Entertainment is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

Gene Autry: A Century in the Saddle
100 Hour Movie Marathon

In honor of what would be Gene Autry's 100th birthday, enjoy a 100 hour marathon of the actor's films. "Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen," a 30-minute special chronicling the Singing Cowboy's remarkable movie career through interviews with friends, colleagues and film historians, along with highlights from many of his 89 B-Westerns made between 1935 and 1953 will air throughout the marathon. The marathon kicks off Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). (All times ET/PT)

Friday, September 28

Time Event
8:00PM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
8:30PM Tumbling Tumbleweeds
9:35PM Melody Trail
10:35PM The Big Show

Saturday, September 29

Time Event
12:00AM Comin' 'Round the Mountain
1:00AM The Old Corral
2:00AM Red River Valley
3:00AM The Sagebrush Troubadour
4:00AM The Singing Cowboy
5:00AM The Singing Vagabond
6:00AM Boots and Saddles
7:05AM Git Along Little Dogies
8:20AM Guns and Guitars
9:30AM Oh, Susanna!
10:30AM Public Cowboy No. 1
11:35AM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
12:00PM Ride, Ranger, Ride
1:00PM Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm
2:05PM Round-Up Time in Texas
3:10PM Springtime in the Rockies
4:20PM Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge
5:30PM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
6:00PM Gold Mine in the Sky
7:00PM Man from Music Mountain
8:00PM The Old Barn Dance
9:05PM Prairie Moon
10:05PM Rhythm of the Saddle
11:05PM Western Jamboree

Sunday, September 30

Time Event
12:05AM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
12:30AM Blue Montana Skies
1:30AM Colorado Sunset
2:40AM Home on the Prairie
3:45AM In Old Monterey
5:00AM Mexicali Rose
6:05AM Mountain Rhythm
7:05AM Rovin' Tumbleweeds
8:10AM South of the Border
9:30AM Carolina Moon
10:35AM Gaucho Serenade
11:45AM Melody Ranch
1:10PM Rancho Grande
2:20PM Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride
3:30PM Shooting High
4:45PM Back in the Saddle
6:05PM Down Mexico Way
7:30PM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
8:00PM Ridin' on a Rainbow
9:20PM Sierra Sue
10:30PM The Singing Hill
11:50PM Sunset in Wyoming

Monday, October 1

Time Event
1:00AM Under Fiesta Stars
2:10AM Bells of Capistrano
3:30AM Call of the Canyon
4:45AM Cowboy Serenade
6:00AM Heart of the Rio Grande
7:20AM Home in Wyomin'
8:40AM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
9:05AM Stardust on the Sage
10:20AM Sioux City Sue
11:35AM The Last Round-Up
1:00PM Robin Hood of Texas
2:15PM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
2:45PM Saddle Pals
4:00PM Trail to San Antone
5:10PM Twilight on the Rio Grande
6:30PM Loaded Pistols
8:00PM The Strawberry Roan
9:30PM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
10:00PM The Big Sombrero
11:20PM The Cowboy and the Indians

Tuesday, October 2

Time Event
12:35AM Riders in the Sky
1:50AM Riders of the Whistling Pines
3:05AM Rim of the Canyon
4:20AM Mule Train
5:35AM Gene Autry and the Mounties
6:50AM Silver Canyon
8:05AM Texans Never Cry
9:15AM Hills of Utah
10:30AM Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen
11:00AM Apache Country
12:10PM Barbed Wire
1:20PM Blue Canadian Rockies
2:30PM Night Stage to Galveston
3:40PM The Old West
4:50PM Wagon Team
6:00PM Goldtown Ghost Riders
7:00PM Winning of the West
8:00PM On Top of Old Smoky
9:00PM Pack Train
10:00PM Saginaw Trail
11:00PM Last of the Pony Riders



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