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Fun Autry Fact:

According to a 1948 Life magazine article, "if [Gene's records] were all shipped to one place, [they] would make up a freight train solid with Western songs and be more than a mile long."

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Film Info

Whirlwind

1951
Columbia Pictures
Production #: 8026
71 minutes

Synopsis:
Ace postal inspector Gene Autry, known as "The Whirlwind," arrives in Red Bluff to work with postal inspector Smiley Burnette in the investigation of a series of mail robberies. Gene becomes suspicious of Big Jim Lassitter, uncle of pretty Elaine Lassitter. U.S. Postal Bonds are stolen in a bank holdup and Smiley finds burned fragments of them on the Lassitter Ranch. Big Jim's henchman Wade Trimble confesses that Big Jim killed his own brother to rob Elaine of her estate and is also guilty of the mail robberies. Gene rounds up Big Jim and the crooked elements of Red Bluff.

Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette Smiley Burnette
Elaine Lassitter Gail Davis
Big Jim Lassitter Thurston Hall
Wade Trimble Harry Lauter
Lou Kramer Dick Curtis
Sheriff Barlow Harry Harvey
Bill Trask Gregg Barton
Champion Champion, World's Wonder Horse

Songs:

WHIRLWIND Studio Singers
AS LONG AS I HAVE MY HORSE Gene Autry
TWEEDLE-O-TWILL Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
WHIRLWIND Gene Autry and Studio Singers

Crew:

A Gene Autry Production
Directed by John English
Produced by Armand Schaefer
Written by Norman S. Hall
Director of Photography William Bradford
Art Director Charles Clague
Film Editor Paul Borofsky
Set Decorator George Montgomery
Musical Supervisor Paul Mertz
Musical Director Mischa Bakaleinikoff

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