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Fun Autry Fact:

In 1940, and probably for several years before and after, the Gene Autry cap pistol was the main industry in Kenton, Ohio, a town of then 7,000.

The Gene Autry Show

Narrow Escape

Flying A Pictures
Season 3, Episode 5 (3-05)
Production #58
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Tuesday, August 11, 1953

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene attempts to solve the mysterious holdups of stages carrying silver bullion, and Pat sends away for a mail-order sweetheart, who turns out to have a young son.

Detailed Synopsis:

Gene Autry is suspicious of ranch owner and politician Big Tim Brady's dealings in silver bullion. Brady insures the shipments, which are always coincidentally hijacked from the stage. Pat Buttram adds to the confusion by answering a lonely-hearts ad for a mail-order sweetheart. He finds out soon enough that his prospective bride, Marcie Nevers, has an eight-year-old son, Jimmy. Pat is disgusted with the situation, but it is welcomed by Bill Barker, the editor of the town paper, who gives Marcie and Jimmy a job so they will stay. Little Jimmy hides in Brady's wagon and finds the fake bullion box in his woodshed. Brady's foreman discovers Jimmy, but Gene and Pat are looking for him and arrive just in time to save the boy. A gun battle ensues and the heavies are overcome. During all of the excitement, Bill Barker discovers he is in love with Marcie – much to Pat's relief.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Marcie Nevers Sheila Ryan
Big Tim Brady Rick Vallin
Bill Barker William Henry
Sheriff George Pembroke
Coley Marshall Reed
Jimmy Nevers David Coleman
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Love, Burning Love Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Ross Lederman
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Virginia M. Cooke
Director of Photography Ernie Miller
Film Editor Erma E. Levin
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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