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Trail to San Antone (1947)

Gene is out to help a crippled jockey when a wild stallion runs away with the speedy mare he plans for the jockey to ride, so Gene takes off in an airplane to bring them back.


John English


Jack Natteford (original screenplay), Luci Ford (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Champion Jr. Champion Jr. ... Champ (as Champion - Wonder Horse of the West)
Peggy Stewart ... Kit Barlow
Sterling Holloway ... Droopy Stearns
William Henry ... Rick Malloy
Johnny Duncan ... Ted Malloy (as John Duncan)
Tristram Coffin ... Cal Young
Dorothy Vaughan ... The Commodore
Edward Keane ... Sheriff Jones
Ralph Peters ... Storekeeper Sam
The Cass County Boys The Cass County Boys ... Singing Ranch Hands
Nick Stewart Nick Stewart ... Sandy (as Nicodemus Stewart)


Gene is out to help a crippled jockey when a wild stallion runs away with the speedy mare he plans for the jockey to ride, so Gene takes off in an airplane to bring them back. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Brand new thrill on a grand old trail! (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

25 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sergeant Gene Autry See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


After completing"Trail to San Antone" on August 20,1946 Gene Autry appeared at the 21st annual World's Championship Rodeo at Madison Square Garden September 25-October 27 1946. See more »


[although Gene has just the returned to ranch after serving in the Army Air Corps, he is surprised to see a single-engine plane flying over the stable]
Gene Autry: First time I've seen one of those things in a long time.
The Commodore: What have you been flying? Kites?
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Down the Trail To San Antone
Written by Deuce Spriggins
Performed by Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys
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Lassoing from the Air
16 October 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Though heavy on plot, this is a solid Autry Western. Gene's trying to help injured jockey (Johnny Duncan) regain his confidence and neighbor (Peggy Stewart) recover her sweepstakes horse. Action takes place in and around Lone Pine, CA, with scenic Mt. Whitney as a backdrop. Photography is especially good with several striking background scenes and few phony process shots or cheaper LA locations. No gun-play or even much hard-riding, but enough action to keep fans happy. Acting is better than average, especially Duncan who makes a convincing discouraged jockey, and Stewart who looks like she was born to be a horse rider. Hollway's comic-relief is a matter of taste and should have been swapped here for the Commdore's (Dorothy Vaughan's) more prickly, less cartoonish, style. Nonetheless, the musical numbers are well staged, especially the closing title song, along with a neat little twist ending. All in all, a rather easy-going entry with a villain (Tris Coffin) who is more ornery than evil.

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