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Film Info

Rim of the Canyon

Columbia Pictures
Production #: 947
70 minutes

Gene Autry's horse Champion is stolen by three escaped convicts, two of whom had been captured twenty years earlier by Gene's father, City Marshal Steve Autry (Gene in a dual role) after the theft of $30,000 from "Big Tim" Hanlon, a bonanza king. Gene traces the convicts to the ghost town where they stashed the money and finds schoolteacher Ruth Lambert, who claims to have talked to Big Tim, long believed dead. Loco John, a prospector, warns Gene that the killers are in the area. The convicts storm into town, cannot find the money and blame Gene. A slugfest follows, with Gene and his friends hunted through the spooky buildings. Gene recovers his horse and a gun and shoots down one of the convicts, while an angry Champion tramples another to death. Big Tim, who is really alive, recovers the stolen $30,000, leaving Gene and Ruth talking about romance.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Marshal Steve Autry Gene Autry
Ruth Lambert Nan Leslie
Big Tim Hanlon Thurston Hall
Loco John Clem Bevans
Jake Fargo Walter Sande
Pete Reagan Jock O'Mahoney
Charlie Lewis Francis McDonald
Matt Kimbrough Alan Hale, Jr.
Champion Champion, Wonder Horse of the West


RIM OF THE CANYON Gene Autry, Studio Singers
RIM OF THE CANYON Gene Autry, Studio Singers


A Gene Autry Production
Director John English
Producer Armand Schaefer
Screenplay John K. Butler
Original Story: "Phantom .45's Talk Loud" Joseph Chadwick, published in Western Aces Magazine
Director of Photography William Bradford
Art Director Harold MacArthur
Film Editor Aaron Stell
Set Decorator George Montgomery
Musical Supervisor Paul Mertz
Musical Director Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Song: RIM OF THE CANYON Hy Heath, Johnny Lange

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