Gene Autry was known as ‘The Singing Cowboy’ for his crooning style of singing on radio and television. He made his acting debut with Mascot Pictures Corporation in the Western movie ‘Old Santa Fe’ and appeared in 93 films between 1934 and 1953 that include ‘Mystery Mountain’ (1934), ‘Red River Valley’ (1936), ‘Bells of Capistrano’ (1942), and ‘Last of the Pony Riders’ (1953).
He later hosted 91 episodes of ‘The Gene Autry Show’ on television, from 1950 to 1956. Autry is considered as one of the pioneering figures of country music. In 1976, he released two albums titled ‘South of the Border All American Cowboy’ and ‘Cowboy Hall of Fame’. He is remembered for his signature song ‘Back in the Saddle Again’ and hit number ‘At Mail Call Today’. His Christmas songs, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ are all time favourites.
Gene Autry has the unique accomplishment of being awarded stars on all five categories of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Mystery Mountain is a western adventure film which revolves around Ken Williams, who is determined to find the identity of the mysterious killer who has been preying upon railroads and transportation companies. The task seems to be quite difficult because he appears along with other people, wearing a collection of masks.
Gene Autry is a singing cowboy, who comes to help Anne, a rancher’s daughter. He feels that her father is innocent and has been wrongly accused. But problem arises as the two witnesses to the crime are unwilling to speak up.
Gene Autry is a rancher in a small town who is being pursued by a casting agent named Sue Warner as the latter wants him to appear in a Hollywood production. Eventually, they manage to come to an agreement, but things don’t go as planned.
Gene is a rancher who pays a visit to Brooks, the head of the company that owns his land. Being tired of his corporate duties, Brooks offers Gene control of the company. Despite the fact that the corporation is in debt, Gene accepts. However, after a meeting with two corrupt board members, he is asked to raise $50,000 to keep the business alive. Gene is unaware of the fact that the board members want to have the company for themselves, and therefore they plot to get Gene in legal trouble.
Three convicts Jake, Pete, and Charlie, manage to escape from prison. They steal Champion, a faithful horse belonging to Gene Autry, the son of the same man, who had put them in jail. While the three go hunting for a hidden loot, Gene tries to stop them and get his horse back.
Rodeo Dough is a western short film which tells the story of two women Marry and Sally, who work as waitresses and are not too bright. They are both looking forward to go home to Kokomo, Indiana, but things don’t go so easy for them.
Foolish insurance agent Milford Farnsworth unwittingly sells life insurance worth US $100000 to notorious outlaw Jesse James. Farnsworth is then sent to the West to protect James, to protect the investment. But Jesse plans on killing Farnsworth and he must survive while falling in love with the beautiful Cora Lee Collins.
A Western film about a cowboy who takes the side of the Indians who are compelled to resort to stealing from his ranch because of being exploited at the hands of an evil agent.
Rancher Gene Autry takes on the responsibility of looking after a rebellious juvenile delinquent named Randy. Gene soon discovers that his job of raising cattle is much easier than looking after the boy. Therefore, he decides to send him off to military academy so that he would learn discipline. However, Randy runs away and joins a gang, where he used to be a member earlier. Things get ugly when Randy is framed for a murder he didn’t commit.
After Ed Wheeler shoots a man named Jim Granby, Gene brings him in. However, Wheeler tells him that even if Granby dies, he cannot be charged because he has already spent ten years in prison for Granby’s supposed murder.
The Hills of Utah is a Western film which revolves around Gene, a doctor in a rough frontier town that is torn apart by feud between miners and cattle ranchers. Autry is also on the lookout for the man who had killed his father. He tries to aid a woman named Karen, and her baby brother, but his life takes an ugly turn when he is framed for murder. Along with his friend Dusty, he sets out to clear his name and stop the fighting.
Gene is trying to help a crippled jockey who is hesitant about riding again. However, a wild stallion runs away with the mare that he has been planning for the jockey to ride. Along with his assistant, Gene sets out in airplane to track down the horses and bring them back.
After losing his job as a rancher, Gene Autry starts working for a newspaper along with his buddy Pal Buttram. Together they investigate crimes inside the police force. However, the police chief learns about their activities, and orders his men to eliminate Autry and Pal. However, he fails, and therefore, he tries to prevent the newspaper from publishing their allegations.
Gene Autry returns to his hometown after a long time, as a guest of honor at the Frontier Days Celebration, where he sees that his childhood enemies, have now become local gangsters. Gene finds that their actions may hurt little children, and decides to teach them a lesson.
While Duke Mantel's gang rob a nearby bank, Mantel makes sure that the singing cowboy Gene Autry and his band members get arrested for the robbery. However, once the air clears up, Gene comes to know that one of his friends has taken over a ranch. The band promptly moves there but soon Julie Reeves arrive at the ranch, drawing Gene and his band in search for the money robbed from the bank.
An ex-forest ranger tracks down a gang who have been spreading moth infection for profit.
Frankie Laine and Billy Daniels are two singers who try to help an aspiring actress, as her grandmother is opposed to her idea of launching a show-business career.
After being a witness to a mob murder, Eleanor Spencer, a nightclub singer heads to Los Angeles in order to lie low. She soon meets Gene Autry, a sheriff of a small town, who develops a liking for her.
Autry and his friends have been running a horse selling business, but it is threatened when Mr Thornton, owner of a tractor company, arrives and claims that horses are out of date. Meanwhile, Autry is also approached by a radio station to sing on a program sponsored by Thornton Farming Equipment.
Gene Autry goes to Texas to discover a dispute between ranchers and settlers. He soon learns that Sandy Reeves, an unscrupulous speculator is planning a railroad construction across the land. Gene makes up his mind to stop him.
Gene is in Mexico with his two friends Pokie and Dusty. Things get ugly when a chance encounter with thieves gets Dusty killed. Gene and Pokie decide to avenge their friend’s death, and they head to a nearby town hoping to find information about the outlaws.
The Big Show is a Western musical romantic comedy film which revolves around an arrogant movie star Tom Ford, who is supposed to make an appearance at the Texas Centennial celebration. However, he leaves on a vacation and therefore his publicity manager is forced to convince Gene Autry, a double, to appear in Tom’s place.
Gene Autry Awards
|Winner||Lifetime Achievement Award||2009|