The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.
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 Gene Autry / ... (91 episodes, 1950-1955)
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 Gene's Horse / ... (91 episodes, 1950-1955)
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 Pat Buttram / ... (83 episodes, 1950-1955)
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 Stagecoach Driver / ... (43 episodes, 1950-1955)
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The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.

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23 July 1950 (USA)  »

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Melody Ranch  »

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(1950-1955)| (1955-1956)

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1.33 : 1
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Two-thirds of the way through the first season's production, Pat Buttram was severely injured in an explosion and was hospitalized for several months. In order to complete the production run, his sidekick role was filled in the remaining episodes by Chill Wills, Fuzzy Knight and Alan Hale Jr.. Wills and Knight wore the same costume as Buttram so that long shots of stock footage could be easily used, but there was no disguising Hale's bulk - he wore his own distinctive clothing. See more »

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Gene Autry: Even if the world were a chocolate cake, Mary, there'd still be a few crumbs around.
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Referenced in Biography: Milton Berle: Mr. Television See more »

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The Tycoon Cowboy
11 March 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the Fifties the two top singing cowboy stars decided to enter the new medium of television each with a half hour series. Gene Autry for the most part operated out of the Flying Crown Ranch and note that his producing company was Flying Crown Productions while Roy Rogers continued to work out of the Double R Bar Ranch.

We always got a song out of Gene as he managed to do in thirty minutes what he did in his 60 minute B westerns, route the bad guys and kiss the horse. Gene rarely got too romantic with the girl in his films and television was no exception.

In his movies Gene's perennial sidekick was Smiley Burnette playing the vocally challenged Frog. For television he took on a new sidekick Pat Buttram, later to be made more famous by appearing in Green Acres as the lovable country con man Mr. Haney.

This man didn't miss a thing in turning a buck. He produced his own television shows, had a hand in writing a lot of the songs he made famous, and did quite well in the merchandising and personal appearances. And later on he was co-owner of the California Angels.

Pretty good for a kid from Tioga, Texas.


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