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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

The Ruthless Renegade

Flying A Pictures
Season 2, Episode 19 (2-19)
Production #45
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Friday, February 8, 1952

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

U.S. Marshals Gene and Pat are drawn into the conflict between a crusading newspaperwoman and a ruthless town leader.

Detailed Synopsis:

When U.S. Marshal Gene Autry and his deputy Pat Buttram ride into the lawless frontier town of Dry Gulch, they are drawn into the conflict between the decent citizenry and the ruthless, power-hungry mayor Fred Mason. Gene criticizes Mason's handling of town affairs, so Mason reacts by immediately appointing Gene sheriff. Gene, of course, takes his job seriously. Also concerned about lawlessness is Jane Winslow, editor of the town paper The Weekly Banner, who publishes stories about the corrupt town officials. However, Mason and his heavies, Spike and Gaffer, always burn her paper before it can be circulated. Jane and her husband Paul are estranged because Paul does not approve of Jane's devotion to the paper. Timmy, their son, just wants his parents to be together. He and Pat are working on a song that Pat has started. Gene finds out exactly what he is up against when he tries to lock up Spike, who shot at him through the jailhouse window. A "trial" takes place and the outlaw is set free. Gene begins to suspect that Mason is working for somebody bigger. That boss is Doc Armstrong, who is determined to stop Jane and her paper. When Armstrong kidnaps Timmy, Paul regrets his limited role as a father and sets out after his son, but Armstrong's heavies capture him. He and Timmy find comfort in completing Pat's song. They sing it, and Armstrong looks on with a half smile. Gene and Pat follow the trail of the kidnappers and wait for them. They engage in a spectacular fight near and in a lake. Mason, Spike, and Gaffer are captured. Gene overhears Armstrong humming Pat's song and knows that he is the boss. Jane, Paul, and Timmy are once again a happy family, and Gene and Pat leave town singing Pat's song, "Texas Plains."


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Jane Winslow Jane Frazee
Doc Armstrong Roy Gordon
Timmy Winslow Bruce Norman
Fred Mason Dennis Moore
Gaffer Gregg Barton
Paul Winslow James Anderson
Spike Ed Hinkle
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Texas Plains Gene Autry and Pat Buttram


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by George Archainbaud
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Elizabeth Beecher
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 Nathan Barragar
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company

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