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Wagon Team (1952)

Approved | | Western | 30 September 1952 (USA)
When badguys steal a US Army payroll, stagecoach agent Gene goes undercover as a medicine-show entertainer to smoke them out.







Complete credited cast:
Champ - Gene's Horse (as Champion World's Wonder Horse)
Marshal Sam Taplin
Henry Rowland ...
Carlos de la Torre
The Cass County Boys ...
Medicine Show Performers


Special investigator Gene Autry (Gene Autry) has himself jailed so he can work on then conscience of Dave Weldon (Dick Jones), suspected of the theft of an Army payroll. Weldon escapes, much to the disgust of Deputy Pat Buttram (Pat Buttram), but Gene catches up with him at the traveling medicine show ran by his father, "Doc" Weldon (Harry Harvey), his sister Connie (Gail Davis), and the Cass County Boys (Fred S. Martin, Jerry Scoggins and Bert Dodson). Dave has been wounded by henchmen of Mike McClure (Henry Rowland), also on the trail of the payroll money. With Gene's help, Dave's life is saved, and he decides to turn over the stolen money, but he is captured by McClure and his men. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GENE'S IN A SHOWDOWN WITH THE WEST'S SHARPEST SHOOTERS! He and Champ show bordertown boss the way out of town -- and a teen-age bandit the way off that crooked trail! See more »








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30 September 1952 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The big fight sequence between Gene Autry, George J. Lewis and John Cason was originally used in The Big Sombrero (1949). See more »


Halfway through the film, the Apache Kid's prominent white gun belt disappears and reappears between shots during the escape sequence. See more »


Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »


Back in the Saddle Again
Written by Ray Whitley with revisions by Gene Autry
Sung by Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys
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2 June 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Gene must have been working his rear-end off in the early 50's, what with acting and producing features and TV shows, all at the same time. Anyhow, good to hear his signature tune Back in the Saddle Again, taking me back to those Saturday radio evenings at Melody Ranch. Nostalgia aside, this programmer makes good staging use of dry rocky LA locations for the many action and riding scenes.

Nothing special about the plot as lawman Gene goes undercover to retrieve stolen money from outlaws. In the process he's got to sort out where the Weldon family stands. As Dave Weldon, the boyish Jones looks about 20 but is actually 25, while Davis is his tomboy sister and Harry Harvey his ambivalent dad. Jones does well as a semi-outlaw, though his stamina while supposedly at death's door is more than remarkable. Anyhow, the way a couple of action shots are aimed at the camera, I thought maybe someone had 3-D in mind, the process coming along about that time. Be that as it may, it's a solid Autry programmer even though coming late in the feature-length series.

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