Young Joe is paralyzed as he is bucked by a wild horse, a strawberry roan. Angered, his father, Walt, tries to shoot the horse but is stopped by his foreman, Gene Autry. The roan escapes ... See full summary »
Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers... See full summary »
Texas Ranger Sergeant Gene Autry (Gene Autry) and his pal, Pecos Bates (Pat Buttram), save from eviction the family of Nancy Carter (Gail Davis), whose father (Harry Tyler) has purchased ... See full summary »
When asked about the Ghost Riders song he sings, Gene Autry (Gene Autry) tells this legend: Gene is about to resign as an investigator for the county attorney and go into the cattle ... See full summary »
Young Joe is paralyzed as he is bucked by a wild horse, a strawberry roan. Angered, his father, Walt, tries to shoot the horse but is stopped by his foreman, Gene Autry. The roan escapes and Autry, told to leave the ranch by Walt, finds and trains the horse, now named Champ, in hopes that by returning it to Joe it will provide him with the will to overcome his disability. Written by
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You know, Joe, I had a horse once that piled into a fence. He healed all right but he never was any use to anybody. The boys said it broke his spirit and might as well shoot him.
Why didn't you?
Well, that would have been a waste. I know he had good stuff and anybody might have thought he just got scared and quit. I've seen horses busted up ten times worse and still come out of it. All he needed was a little time and patience to give him confidence. He turned out to be the best cow pony I've ...
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I am a longtime collector of Gene Autry memorabilia, especially his films. The "Strawberry Roan" has always been my favorite Autry film. I can remember seeing this movie in 1948 as an eight year old boy. I'm sure that seeing this movie in Cinecolor added to my enjoyment of the film. As a boy I was not really into the music but the "horse story" intrigued me and kept my attention.
I searched for over thirty years as a film collector for a 16mm print of this title in color. This past summer my search ended as I purchased a print that was listed on Ebay. So far as I know, this is the only color print in existence.
As a Gene Autry western I rate this film at 4 stars because of the story, scenery, and music. Gene sings some beautiful songs in this one.
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