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Loaded Pistols (1948)

Gene protects young Larry Evans, wrongly accused of murder, while trying to find the real badguys.



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Complete credited cast:
Dave Randall
Larry Evans
Don Mason
Sam Gardner
Jake Harper
Bill Otis (as Fred Kohler)
Jim Hedge
Champ, Gene's Horse


The only Gene Autry film where the leading lady, Barbara Britton, is equally billed above the title as the co-star, thereby knocking his horse Champion out of the honors, if one chooses to overlook the 1941 novelty from 20th Century-Fox that had Jane Withers and Gene Autry above the title in that order. This Autry entry has Larry Evans, whose gun had been used to kill rancher Ed Norton in a poker game, escaping a lynching party headed by ranchers Dave Randall and Bill Otis. Norton's friend Gene Autry, investigating on his own, discovers that Larry's gun had been put in the poker pot with the chips, after Larry had lost all of his money, and anyone could have used it when the lights went out. He finds Larry and his sister Mary Evans in a hideaway, and sends Mary back to town and hides Larry in the cabin of miner Jim Hedge. Finding out that Randall and Don Mason have tried to buy the Evans ranch, Gene decides to take a look at it. Hedge shows up and says he can't figure out what could ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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YOUR FAVORITE WESTERN STAR IS LOADIN' HIS PISTOLS...For A Gal In Distress...A Cowboy In Danger...A Killer In Hiding! See more »




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Release Date:

18 February 1953 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Red River Valley  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Right after Gene throws Mary in the pond, she gets on her horse and starts chasing Gene and her brother. By the time she catches up with them, her hair and clothes are completely dry. See more »


[Gene lays his handkerchief on the ground]
Larry Evans: What are you doin'?
Gene Autry: Puttin' my ear to the ground. It's an old Indian scout trick. Silk picks up sound... Wagon comin'.
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Music and Lyrics by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Sung by Gene Autry
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Was a unedited version ever released on video
3 June 2007 | by (Hamilton OHIO) – See all my reviews

This film was one of Autry's Columbia features that was edited for television. When it opens, Autry is riding Champ in a long shot and you can just barely hear him singing until he gets closer to the camera. I dubbed the song from his soundtrack CD album of movie songs, and right at the beginning, you can hear a gunshot. It probably was like that on the edited film I saw, but the card game is not shown only referred to throughout the film, until Gene recreates the game at the end of the picture, causing the villain to make his escape on a stagecoach conveniently parked outside. When Melody Ranch Theater aired on the Nashville network, I wondered if they ever showed the complete version or just the one that was already available to television. I always did like the song and recall it was used in the background when they did a documentary on the TV westerns of the Fifties, showing Chuck Conners spin his rifle, etc.

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