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Television
The Gene Autry Show

Outlaw of Blue Mesa

Flying A Pictures
Season 4, Episode 10 (4-10)
Production #65
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Tuesday, September 7, 1954

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene and Pat become involved with phony insurance claims after saving a young man from a hanging.

Detailed Synopsis:

On the way to Blue Mesa, insurance investigators Gene Autry and Pat Buttram save young Tom Jackson from being hanged by three heavies. Tom gets away, and Gene and Pat ride into town to meet with banker Ed Hadley and his wife, Marie. Gene and Pat are investigating the bank's losses, which resulted from a series of stage robberies. They learn from the crippled Hadley that Tom Jackson is behind the trouble, so Pat gets a job as a cook at the café Tom runs with his sister, Sally. The Jacksons claim that Hadley killed their father, a partner in the bank, and stole their estate. Later, Tom overhears Idaho, the stage driver, telling Pat about the money he is carrying. Hoping to surprise the robber, Pat looks for Gene, who was knocked unconscious. Meanwhile, Tom has gone after the stage, but Gene, now revived, overtakes him and they surprise the heavies, who get away after a fight. Later they see the stage held up by the real outlaw, the Black Rider, who escapes, only leaving an empty suitcase. Gene figures out that his insurance company has been tricked into paying phony claims and trails the Black Rider back to the bank. Suspecting Hadley, he tips off Pat. They deliberately try to run down Hadley, making him jump from his wheelchair. After a knockdown drag-out fight, Hadley is captured, Marie confesses, and the estate is returned to the Jacksons.


Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Sally Jackson Margaret Field
Tom Jackson Dick Jones
Edwin Hadley Denver Pyle
Marie Hadley Claire Carleton
Neely Henry Rowland
Idaho Hank Patterson
Sneed Tex Terry
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse

Songs:

When the Bloom is on the Sage Gene Autry

Crew:

Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Frank McDonald
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Oliver Drake
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Film Editor Jack Wheeler
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Assistant Director Gilbert Kay
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company