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The Sharpshooter

Flying A Pictures
Season 4, Episode 5 (4-05)
Production #69
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Tuesday, August 3, 1954

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Gene and Pat ride to the rescue of a young man framed for murder by a vicious sheriff.

Detailed Synopsis:

U.S. Marshals Gene Autry and Pat Buttram follow the trail of escaped criminal Randy Barker, a crack rifle shot, accused of killing the sheriff. The cowboys find that the "outlaw" is nothing more than a hapless lad framed by brutal Al Broderick, who was a deputy and is now the sheriff. Believing the boy's story, they return with him to Mesa, his hometown, and take refuge in his twin sister Peggy's laundry. Gene sets out to prove Randy's innocence. He spends the night in jail under the iron rule of the sadistic Broderick and learns that the former sheriff was found with three bullet wounds. Because Randy is a sharpshooter and would only use one shot, Gene believes he has the evidence he needs. He and Randy head to the judge's house to prove Randy's shooting ability, but the judge still needs more. Utilizing the judge's hobby of telephone equipment, Gene sets up a microphone from the jail to the laundry. Randy goes back to jail and goads a confession out of Broderick, who, thinking he is alone with the captive, talks and is heard by Judge Stone and Gene. Broderick framed Randy because he wanted the Barkers' ranch. During the capture of the sheriff, Randy proves his prowess with a rifle, and Pat proves his capacity for getting into his usual trouble.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram
Peggy Barker Margaret Field
Randy Barker Dick Jones
Judge Alfred Stone Stanley Andrews
Will Denver Pyle
Al Broderick Henry Rowland
Dike Tex Terry
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Crime Will Never Pay Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by Frank McDonald
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Robert Schaefer & Eric Freiwald
Director of Photography William Bradford, A.S.C.
Film Editor Harvey Manger
Musical Director Carl Cotner
Music Supervisor Irving Friedman
Musical Score Walter Greene
Assistant Director Gilbert Kay
Recorded by Glen Glenn Sound Company