When asked about the Ghost Riders song he sings, Gene Autry (Gene Autry) tells this legend: Gene is about to resign as an investigator for the county attorney and go into the cattle business with his pal Chuckawalla Jones (Pat Buttram) but decides instead to help Anne Lawson (Gloria Henry) clear her father, rancher Ralph Lawson (Steve Darrell'), of a false murder charge. He looks for the three witnesses who can testify that Lawson shot only in self defense in killing a gambler, but the witnesses are terrorized by another gambler, town boss Rock McCleary (Robert Livingston), who shoots witness Pop Roberts (Tom London)Morgan. Fatally wounded, Pop gives Gene the information needed to clear Lawson, then dies crying the "Ghost Riders" are coming for him. Gene then heads for a showdown with McCleary.
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Thrill to Gene's singing of "Riders in the Sky"! GENE SINGS THE NATION'S GREATEST COWBOY SONG HIT OF ALL TIME IN HIS GREATEST ADVENTURE DRAMA!
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Did You Know?
Former Forest Ranger Stan Jones
wrote "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," a hit big enough that it crossed over from country-western charts to standard pop music. A chance meeting with Jones led Gene Autry
to buy the rights to the song, and he gave Jones a part in the film. A nearly-complete Autry movie, Beyond the Purple Hills
(1950), was quickly retooled to include the song. Jones himself appears as a cowboy riding herd with Autry in the opening and closing scenes, singing along with Gene's rendition of the spooky song. That same year Vaughn Monroe
had topped the charts with his version (#1 US Pop for 22 weeks). Over the years many others have recorded it, including Peggy Lee
, Willie Nelson
, Frankie Laine
, Johnny Cash
, The Marshall Tucker Band
and The Doors
. Jones would later compose the title song to the classic TV western series Cheyenne
(1955). See more
When Gene puts McCleary in the stage at the end of their fight, it appears that McCleary still has a gun in his holster. See more
Oh, ah, say Gene, you didn't have no trouble gettin' the, ah...
[makes money sign with thumb and forefinger
Got the money right here in my pocket - a roll big enough to choke Champ on.
Oh, don't give him no ideas. He'd eat it, too, if it was green enough.
Ghost Riders In The Sky
Written by Stan Jones
Sung by Gene Autry See more