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Ghost Town Raiders

Flying A Pictures
Season 2, Episode 1 (2-01)
Production #31
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Saturday, October 6, 1951

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

As a special agent for a mining company, Gene risks his life to track down bandits who operate from a ghost town.

Detailed Synopsis:

Mining company special agent Gene Autry and his pal Pat Buttram head for the Assayer's office with a quarter of a million dollars in gold bars and with Lita, the pretty daughter of the mine boss, who is an unwelcome passenger. Duke Travis and a masked gang attack the group, and Gene, in order to save Lita’s life, is forced to let them get away with the gold. Gene tracks the men to Ghost Town, where he speaks with Crazy Charlie, who says he makes horseshoes for dead outlaws. Gene contacts law agencies to track down the gold bars, which are hard to get rid of, and traces them to the Mexican Border where the gang sells gold nuggets once a week. With the help of Mexican officials, Gene and Pat discover that the Travis mine in Mexico hasn't produced in years, leading Gene to suspect them of being the smugglers. He then traces the gold back to Crazy Charlie in Ghost Town, who forges golden horseshoes with iron shells over them. Gene exposes Charlie and battles the Travis gang in the streets of Ghost Town, while Pat swears he really sees a live ghost.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Lita Ormsby Wendy Waldron
Crazy Charlie William Fawcett
Capitan Morales George J. Lewis
Duke Travis Ray Bennett
Gunther Reed Howes
Preston Kermit Maynard
Mr. J.L. Ormsby Sam Flint
Thorpe Art Dillard
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


As Long As I Have My Horse Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Frank McDonald
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay John K. Butler
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Film Editor Jodie Copelan
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Assistant Director Stanley Neufeld
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company

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