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The Sheriff of Santa Rosa

Flying A Pictures
Season 1, Episode 23 (1-23)
Production #21
Network: CBS
Running Time: 30 minutes
Black and White

Original Air Date:
Sunday, December 24, 1950

Sponsor: Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum

Brief Synopsis:

Sheriff Gene Autry lets a young ranch owner, who is suspected of horse stealing, escape from jail.

Detailed Synopsis:

When valuable horses from Kenmore's ranch are rustled by Hutch Logan and his gang, suspicion falls on young Ted Doyle, who, with his mother, owns a small ranch near Santa Rosa. The Doyles were run out of New Mexico for being too friendly with unsavory characters, and now their neighboring ranchers demand that Sheriff Gene Autry arrest Ted. Gene does so, but later deliberately allows Ted to escape from jail, believing that he is fundamentally honest and will help catch the Logan gang. Ted, embittered by his bad luck, attempts to run off horses belonging to his neighbors, the Blairs. Libby Blair catches Ted in the act and persuades him not to undertake a career of crime. Touched by her belief in him, Ted agrees; but Libby's father, finding him on his range, shoots and wounds Ted. Meanwhile, Hutch and his gang trick Gene's foreman Sagebrush into leaving Gene's horses unguarded for a time, allowing Hutch to steal them and to leave evidence convicting Ted. Gene and Sagebrush arrive at the Doyles just in time to save Ted from being strung-up and to capture the real criminals.


Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Sagebrush Fuzzy Knight
Ted Doyle Dick Jones
Libby Blair Nan Leslie
Sam Blair Stanley Andrews
Mrs. Marquita Doyle Mira McKinney
Hutch Logan Dick Curtis
Mr. Kenmore Chuck Roberson
Bill James Harrison
Stan Al Wyatt
Champion Champion, World's
Wonder Horse


Marcheta Gene Autry
Tweedle-O-Twill Gene Autry


Executive in charge
of Production
Armand Schaefer
Directed by George Archainbaud
Producer Louis Gray
Screenplay Polly James
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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