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The Gene Autry Show

Hot Lead

Flying A Pictures
Season 1, Episode 19 (1-19)
Production #19
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Sunday, November 26, 1950

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

When Gene befriends a young boy and a mistreated palomino, his kindness is repaid in an unexpected way while on the trail of bank robbers.

Detailed Synopsis:

A storm partially destroys Gene Autry's feed barn, so he and Tiny Jensen, his handyman, ride to town to buy lumber from Bert Hodge, who also auctions off cattle and horses. Bank robber Sam Blake and his gang, Ed Dolan, Nat Ellis, and Nat's kid-brother, Jeff, pose as horse traders having trouble with Fury, a magnificent palomino, who was the star of a bankrupt rodeo. Gene purchases the horse, but fights with Nat for abusing Jeff, who was protecting Fury from Nat's viciousness. Jeff runs away when he discovers the gang plans to rob the town bank. Gene takes Fury to his ranch but the horse escapes. Trailing Fury, Jeff is thrown from his own horse just as Gene and Tiny arrive. Thinking they are part of his brother's gang, Jeff starts shooting but is overpowered by Gene, who offers him a job training Fury for his own use. Jeff, overcome with gratitude, tells Gene about the planned robbery but not about his brother's part in it. Later, Nat forces Jeff to return to the gang under threat of harm to Gene. Jeff lets Fury go, and Nat, after beating Jeff unconscious, pursues the horse to kill it. After capturing Sam Blake, Gene and Tiny chase Nat and Ed, who have trapped Fury in the woods and are prepared to shoot him. A gun battle follows; Ed is wounded, and Nat plays possum hoping to outwit Gene. Jeff saves Gene's life after Nat takes off. He is about to escape when Fury breaks loose and goes after him. Gene takes over just as Fury is about to trample Nat to death. In the end, Jeff and Fury find a real home with their new friends, and the outlaws are brought to justice.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Tiny Jensen Alan Hale, Jr.
Bert Hodge Harry Cheshire
Sam Blake Harry Lauter
Nat Ellis Don C. Harvey
Jeff Ellis Jim Frasher
Ed Dolan Marshall Reed
Clerk Kenne Duncan
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Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by George Archainbaud
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Dwight Cummins
Director of Photography William Bradford
Film Editor Jodie Copelan
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company

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