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Sons of New Mexico (1949)

In addition to his duties as executor of an estate Gene must keep a juvenile delinquent from the clutches gambler Feeney who hopes to get at the money through the kid.


John English


Paul Gangelin (original story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Champion ... Champ - Gene's Horse
Gail Davis ... Eileen MacDonald
Robert Armstrong ... Pat Feeney
Dickie Jones ... Randy Pryor (as Dick Jones)
Frankie Darro ... Gig Jackson
Irving Bacon ... Chris Dobbs
Russell Arms ... Lt. Chuck Brunton
Marie Blake ... Hannah Dobbs
Clayton Moore ... Rufe Burns
Sandy Sanders ... Walt


In addition to his duties as executor of an estate Gene must keep a juvenile delinquent from the clutches gambler Feeney who hopes to get at the money through the kid. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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GENE AND CHAMPION RIDE WITH THE CAVALRY CADETS to blast a gambler's frame-up inside a killer's trap! See more »


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Release Date:

20 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gene Autry Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


New Mexico Military Institute School Song
Music by Capt. F. E. Hunt
Special Lyrics by Paul Mertz
Sung by the Cadet Choir of NMMI
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Cadets to the Rescue
18 November 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lively programmer thanks to hard riding, acrobatic fisticuffs, and energetic performances. Jones makes an excellent headstrong kid, while Gail Davis shows why she was an Autry favorite in more ways than one. The plot's more complex than usual. Gene has to help the corps of NMMI cadets straighten out Jones before the bad guys cheat him out of the ranch.

There're more speaking parts than usual, spread out among a notable supporting cast—King Kong's Robert Armstrong, 1930's bad boy Frankie Darro, and the Lone Ranger himself Clayton Moore. Throw in Your Hit Parade's Russell Arms and NMMI's corps of cadets and you've got a more colorful array than usual for an oater. Also, there's little expected comic relief and what there is comes across as more gruff than silly.

For me, the only real drawback echoes that of reviewer Carl 70—the editing room did a poor job of merging New Mexico flatland with SoCal scrublands, in addition to obvious process shots with the Hollywood cast standing in front of a back-screen. Too bad these technical aspects don't rise to the level of the movie as a whole.

Nonetheless, with a better than average cast and script, plus New Mexico locations, it looks like Gene was reaching for more than the ordinary and generally speaking, he got it.

(In passing—By the time I was a cadet at NMMI in the late 50's, the cavalry format had been eliminated. No more horses or championship polo. Instead, we were trained in tank warfare, the more modern equivalent. Seeing the movie now, I'm sort of sorry I wasn't there ten years earlier.)

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