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Release Date:
19 May 1950 (USA) See more »
Gene responds to cattle rustling by stringing barbed wire all around his range. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Autry ... Gene Autry

Champion ... Champ - Gene's Horse

Gail Davis ... Ginger Kirby
Harry Shannon ... Sandy Reeves

Jock Mahoney ... Tod Jeffreys (as Jock O'Mahoney)
Clark Burroughs ... Duke Kirby (as Clark 'Buddy' Burroughs)

Harry Harvey ... Sheriff Steve Calhoun

Steve Darrell ... Chet Hilliard

Sandy Sanders ... Stormy Jones

Ralph Sanford ... Martin Dalrymple
Robert Hilton ... Miller

Bud Osborne ... George Copeland - Rancher

House Peters Jr. ... Gill Saunders
Chuck Roberson ... Mike Grady - Henchman (as Charles Roberson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roy Bucko ... Townsman (uncredited)

Heinie Conklin ... Townsman (uncredited)

Ken Cooper ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Townsman (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Rancher (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... Cowhand (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Townsman (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Ed Loomis - Henchman (uncredited)

Frankie Marvin ... Frankie - Ranch Hand (uncredited)

Jim Mason ... Townsman (uncredited)

Frank Matts ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Frank McCarroll ... Rancher (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Townsman (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Rancher (uncredited)

Pat O'Malley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Phillips - Henchman (uncredited)
Felice Richmond ... Sheriff's Wife (uncredited)

Suzanne Ridgway ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Tom Smith ... Townsman (uncredited)

Boyd Stockman ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
John English 
Writing credits
Gerald Geraghty (written by)

Produced by
Armand Schaefer .... producer
Cinematography by
William Bradford 
Film Editing by
Henry Batista 
Art Direction by
Harold H. MacArthur  (as Harold MacArthur)
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Newt Jones .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Donnelly .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound engineer (as Lambert Day)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Jock Mahoney .... stunt double: Steve Darrell (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Sandy Sanders .... stunt double: Gene Autry (uncredited)
Boyd Stockman .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank G. Carson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Don Murphy .... grip (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Paul Mertz .... music supervisor
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Violet Newfield .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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70 min
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13959)

Did You Know?

Continuity: When stable owner Reeves pins down henchmen Mike and Ed during the posse chase, he tells them to throw down their guns and step out in the open. They do so with their hands in the air, and Reeves shoots them both. However when Gene Autry and the sheriff arrive, both of the men are shown with a gun in their outstretched hands after Reeves says that they were going to fire on him.See more »
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Gene Tangles With Barbed Wire, 28 January 2015
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Well-done Autry oater, longer than usual (70-min.). I guess I'd never thought about a homely item like barbed wire and its significance before now. Thanks to the movie, however, I know a lot more, and have a greater appreciation. Plot-wise, Gene has to prove the wire's worth to ranchers despite land grabbers who want to sabotage its effectiveness. There's a great scenic climax with more sweep and manpower than usual, along with a lot of hard riding. Those Sierra vistas in the background are majestic as heck, while the guys thread through the rock spires of the familiar Alabama Hills.

Too bad Gene sings only snatches of some classic western tunes. I could have used more of "Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie". No comedy sidekick here, though Buddy Burroughs (Duke) carries the youth angle. I do, however, wonder whether using the towering Tarzan (Mahoney) as a two-fisted foil for Autry was a good idea. Gene may be a heckuva stunt man, but visually Mahoney's got a big edge. And catch the spunky Gail Davis. Unlike most leading ladies, she looks like she belongs outdoors. Speaking of outdoors, these oaters give a geezer like me a chance to get back out in the Big-Open, if only vicariously. I guess you can take the kid out of the matinée, but you can't take the matinée out of the kid.

Anyhow, an "8" on the matinée scale.

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