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The Portrait of the White Cloud

Flying A Pictures
Season 5, Episode 3 (5-03)
Production #84
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes

Original Air Date:
Saturday, October 15, 1955

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene attempts to trap an artist who has been framing his subjects in more ways than one.

Detailed Synopsis:

One rainy night, in the bunkhouse of the Flying A Ranch, Gene Autry, Pat Buttram, and the Cass County Boys pass the time by singing. Pat prepares fishing tackle for a new trout season, while Gene shines his saddle. After Pat hooks Bert's vest, Gene reminisces about his and Pat's fishing trip to Waterville, New Mexico, when Pat hooked Sheriff Tim Davis's vest. At the same time they were applying for a fishing license at the sheriff's, the local Wells Fargo office was robbed of twenty thousand dollars. They saw two Indians riding hard and fast out of town. Telegraph operator Carl McHenry was unhurt, but his brand-new ten-dollar portrait by Lennie Renault was shot. Circumstantial evidence, a dropped bracelet, pointed to the young Indian, Running Deer, son of White Cloud, the chief of the tribe on the nearby reservation. Gene met with White Cloud to ask about the bracelet, which turned out to have been stolen. He also noticed another portrait by Renault and figured out that the "artist" had spent his time in the telegraph office listening to the Morse Code and knew when the twenty thousand dollars would be delivered. Gene convinced Sheriff Davis to release Running Deer from jail. Unfortunately, Gene and Pat were jailed instead. They "escaped" and went after the real culprits: Renault, Jack Hastings and Pete Crowder, both of whom had disguised themselves as Indians. The three criminals were captured by a clever ruse. In the end, Gene and Pat did not have time to catch any fish that season, but Chief White Cloud was so grateful, he gave Gene his portrait.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Lennie Renault Jack Daly
Jack Hastings Dick Rich
White Cloud Glenn Strange
Sheriff Tim Davis John Close
Pete Crowder Steve Raines
Carl McHenry Terry Frost
Running Deer Joseph Michaels
The Cass County Boys The Cass County Boys
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Onteora The Cass County Boys
It's My Lazy Day Gene Autry, Pat Buttram,
and the Cass County Boys
It's My Lazy Day Gene Autry and
the Cass County Boys


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Robert G. Walker
Teleplay by John K. Butler
Producer Louis Gray
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Supervising Film Editor Anthony Wollner
Film Editor Bruce B. Pierce, A.C.E.
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Music Editor Erma E. Levin
Assistant Director Clark Paylow
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company