The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.
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 Gene's Horse / ... 91 episodes, 1950-1955
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 Pat Buttram / ... 83 episodes, 1950-1955
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 Stagecoach Driver / ... 43 episodes, 1950-1955
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The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.

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23 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Ranch  »

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$12,500 (estimated)
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(91 episodes)

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(1950-1955)| (1955-1956)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Two-thirds of the way through the first season's production, Pat Buttram was severely injured in an explosion and was hospitalized for several months. In order to complete the production run, his sidekick role was filled in the remaining episodes by Chill Wills, Fuzzy Knight and Alan Hale Jr.. Wills and Knight wore the same costume as Buttram so that long shots of stock footage could be easily used, but there was no disguising Hale's bulk - he wore his own distinctive clothing. See more »

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Gene Autry: Always defend your name, son. Just like you defend your country when you need to.
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Spin-off The Adventures of Champion (1955) See more »

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Correction
5 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

As a fan of Gene Autry since before the fantastically entertaining tv show, I need to point out that the tv show was never called "Melody Ranch." "Melody Ranch" was the name of the radio show than ran from 1940 until 1955 or 56. There has never been that much interest in the radio show, and it is one of the better shows put together, great production values. During his war service, according to announcements on those shows, Gene continued the "Melody Ranch" show but at a Sergeant's pay, not as a cowboy star. Gene was a real patriot all the way round.


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