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The Strawberry Roan (1948)

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 »



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Gene Autry's stolen horse turns up in a ghost town where Gene goes after he is left stranded during a stagecoach race.

Director: John English
Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Nan Leslie
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Romance
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When war breaks out between oilmen and cattle ranchers, Gene sides with the ranchers until he learns that oil will bring a railroad to town.

Director: Joseph Kane
Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Maple City Four
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Belle Langtry runs a town being taken over by cattle rustlers. She is also a front for the outlaws, who are led by Steve Fraser. Hoppy gets elected sheriff and cleans up the town with help from the Bar 20 boys.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Andy Clyde
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Music
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Badguys Henry, Bill and Pete head a gang of outlaws who are destroying the timberland. When Gene butts in they frame him on a cattle-poisoning charge and set him up for murder.

Director: John English
Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Patricia Barry
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U.S. Marshal Hopalong Cassidy is called when a town becomes overrun with bad guys. Disguised as a member of a medicine show, Hoppy discovers that the ringleader is none other than sweet li'l ol' Ma Burton.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Marjorie Rambeau
Certificate: Passed Western
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The old west range war story transported to Georgia, with Autry as the hero.

Director: Joseph Kane
Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Betty Bronson
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Music
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Texas law officers are so corrupt that Gene decides to put on his old Texas Ranger uniform and set things right.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Virginia Huston
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A farmer marries a beautiful city girl and tries to help her become more settled on the farm by buying her a calf to look after. She begins to spend their money so fast that the farmer goes... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: William Hartnell, Carol Raye, Walter Fitzgerald


Complete credited cast:
Champ, the Strawberry Roan
Connie Bailey
Walt Bailey
Joe Bailey (as Dick Jones)
John McGuire ...
Bud Williams
Redd Harper ...


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 Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A great horse story! A great heart story!




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Release Date:

1 August 1948 (USA)  »

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Almas Indomáveis  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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Pat Buttram's first movie role. See more »


Gene Autry: 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.
Joe Bailey: Why didn't you?
Gene Autry: 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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Referenced in Hoedown (1950) See more »


The Angel Song (When the Angels turn the lights on in Heaven)
Written by Gene Austin, Curt Massey and Mary Millard
Sung by Gene Autry
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Stay Away from Them Horse Lovin Cowboys Mrs. Mitchell
14 June 2006 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Longer (78 minutes) than the usual Autry western, 1948's "The Strawberry Roan" tells a story about Gene's horse Champion (World's Wonder Horse) who appeared in his films from 1935 until 1953. Actually there were three film horses called Champion, all were sorrel-colored with three or four white stockings. The original died while Gene was in the service so the one in "The Strawberry Roan" is probably Champion Jr. (born in 1942) who appeared with Gene until 1950.

In this color film Champion looks more chestnut than strawberry, and the roan part is hard to tell (a roan is a horse with white hairs mixed in equally with its main color).

Gene plays a ranch foreman who captures a wild strawberry roan which then throws the son of the ranch owner. The young man Joe (Dickie Jones) breaks his leg and the horse starts to attack him. The enraged father Walt (Jack Holt) goes on a shooting rampage and believes he has killed the rogue horse, but Gene finds the wounded animal and secretly nurses it back to health. Meanwhile Joe has gone into a severe depression over his riding mistake and won't even attempt to walk again.

When Walt finds out about Gene's subterfuge they have a falling out. Walt's daughter Connie (Gloria Henry-a young Mrs. Mitchell from "Dennis the Menace") tries to patch things up between the two men because you just know that the best thing for Joe would be to get back up on the saddle and ride the same horse that threw him.

Gene still finds the time for singing. In addition to the title song there is "Texas Lullaby" and "When the White Roses Bloom in Red River Valley".

This was not just Pat Buttrum's first Autry film but the first film of his career. He looks very young but has already developed several of his comic bits.

Gene was an old looking 40 by this time but they still tried to sort of pair him up with teenage looking starlets like Gloria Henry. The code of the west wouldn't permit him to be attracted to someone his daughter's age, so like on his later television show these girls are made to seem vaguely in love with his character while he seems more attracted to horses.

Dickie Jones' Joe is the most interesting character. If you ever wondered about the term "borderline personality" you may want to closely observe this guy. Such people are characterized as having a tendency to react more intensely to lower levels of stress than others and to take longer to recover; peaking emotionally on less provocation and taking longer coming down. Such is poor Joe. It is interesting that this clinical condition should get its most accurate screen portrayal in a film that is mostly about horses. I think at one point Gene even remarks that horses and people are a lot alike.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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