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The Gene Autry Show

The Carnival Comes West

Flying A Pictures
Season 4, Episode 8 (4-08)
Production #71
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Tuesday, August 24, 1954

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

The social leader of a small Western town goes to surprising lengths to guard a secret from her past.

Detailed Synopsis:

Emma Conley, social leader of a small western town, has never let her neigh bors know she was once a trapeze artist with a touring carnival. When the carnival takes up winter quarters outside her new hometown, Emma fears her past will be revealed, so she hires gun-fighting, strong-arm men to run the show out of town. This causes all kinds of trouble until Gene Autry discovers Emma’s secret and persuades her that being a trapeze performer is no dishonor, but something of which to be proud. Emma’s effort to make amends for her foolishness is complicated by the gunmen’s attempt to rob the carnival, and it takes Gene’s help to make everything right in the end.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Emma Conley Ann Doran
Sheriff Jim Denver Pyle
Fresno Harry Lauter
Santley Henry Rowland
Tom Golden Clayton Moore
Pete Gregg Barton
Slim William Fawcett
Boy Pat Mitchell
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Ridin' All Day Gene Autry
Silver Spurs on the Golden Stairs Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Ross Lederman
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Buckley Angell
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Film Editor Paul Borofsky, A.C.E.
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Assistant Director Gilbert Kay
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company