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Heir to the Lazy L

Flying A Pictures
Season 2, Episode 13 (2-13)
Production #43
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Saturday, December 29, 1951

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene inherits half of the Lazy L Ranch from his uncle, but is attacked by masked men on his way to see it. When he learns that the owner of the other half plans to sell, Gene suspects a plot.

Detailed Synopsis:

Gene Autry, one of two heirs to the Lazy L Ranch, is held up on his way to see it by three masked men: Bart, Lem, and Cady. He escapes but is able to capture Cady with the help of his friend, Pat Buttram. Cady refuses to talk, so Gene and Pat tie him up and take him with them. At the Lazy L, they meet the other heir, Pauline Logan, and her secretary, Hortense Appleby. After the will is read by neighboring rancher and attorney John Latimer, Pauline announces that she intends to sell to Latimer, but Gene refuses. Latimer leaves to let Gene and Pauline divide up the ranch; she draws a line through the living room table. Unfortunately, she does not have the kitchen or the livestock on her side. Gene humorously refuses to feed her in an attempt to make her behave. The next morning Pat leaves for town, and Pauline, unable to talk Gene out of a horse, starts walking. Gene follows, so she pretends to sprain her ankle to get his horse. After arriving at Latimer’s, she turns Champ loose. Pat is detained by Cady, who takes him back towards the Lazy L. They meet Gene, and Cady prepares to force them all over a cliff. However, Cady is attacked and killed by Champ. Before he dies, Cady reveals that Latimer is behind all the trouble because he found oil on the Lazy L. Gene and Pat start for Latimer’s ranch, where Pauline’s about to sign over the lease. She sees Bart and Lem outside and tries to back out of the deal, but just as Latimer makes her sign, Gene and Pat arrive. After a terrific fight, Gene and Pat capture the heavies and Latimer.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Pauline Logan Gail Davis
Bart Alan Hale, Jr.
Hortense Appleby Helen Servis
Cady Terry Frost
Latimer Hugh Prosser
Lem Sandy Sanders
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Ridin' Double Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Wallace Fox
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Oliver Drake
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 Nathan Barragar
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company

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