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Horse Sense

Flying A Pictures
Season 2, Episode 15 (2-15)
Production #27
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Friday, January 11, 1952

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene and Pat are hired by a young rancher and her brother to help train horses. Champion’s uncanny intelligence proves vital in bringing to justice a crook who is also working at the same ranch.

Detailed Synopsis:

While traveling west, Gene Autry and Pat Buttram fall prey to “Trader” Adams, who steals Pat’s horse, shoots Gene’s mare, and leaves behind a young and curious colt that grows up into the “Wonder Horse,” Champion. Years later, Champ, Gene, and Pat inadvertently run across the same horse thief. Gene and Pat do not recognize him, but Champion has not forgotten his look and brutal methods. Gene saves the life of young, pretty Elaine Castle, and she offers Pat and him work helping her brother Jeff train stock for the cavalry. Adams, working undercover for wealthy Matt Nixon, also works for Elaine and does his best to slow down their commitments. Gene gets Adams fired for his brutality to the horses. Later, tracking a stolen horse to the Nixon ranch, Gene and Pat engage the heavies in an exciting brawl and chase. While Gene fights, Adams scurries for cover, but does not account for Champion’s “horse sense” and is corralled and brought to justice by the unrelenting “Wonder Horse.”


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Elaine Castle Gail Davis
Jeff Castle Dick Jones
“Trader” Adams Alan Hale, Jr.
Slade Terry Frost
Matt Nixon Hugh Prosser
Blackie Sandy Sanders
Champion Champion, World’s
Wonder Horse


Song Title: Performer(s):
Cowboy’s Heaven Gene Autry


Credit: Performer:
Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Wallace Fox
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Robert Schaefer
and Eric Freiwald
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Film Editor Tony Wollner
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Assistant Director Nate Barragar
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company

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