The Gene Autry Show

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The Gene Autry Show

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Episodes: 78 (b&w)/15 (color) Gene Autry is one of America's favorite cowboys in history, and The Gene Autry Show was one of the first television shows in America, premiering in 1950. Gene Autry, a.k.a. The Singing Cowboy, been featured in a ton of western movies with Smiley Burnette. Later, a good friend, Pat Buttram became Gene's sidekick and were also featured movies together. Then in 1950, Gene Autry and Pat Buttram made "The Gene Autry Show" The Gene Autry show last from 1950 to 1956 with 91 successfull episodes. Seasons 1-4 were in B & W, Season 5 was in color. The Gene Autry Show was produced by Flying A Pictures, Gene's own television production company, which was also the name of his ranch on the show. The Gene Autry Show is now in reruns and can be viewed on the digital cable channel, Westerns Channel. The Gene Autry Show was about a singing cowboy, and his deputy partner, Pat Buttram who ride the west to help kids, women, men, or other misfourtunate people and bring the outlaws to justice. Gene Autry was always the upright person, recognized by the fans who adored him, while his partner Pat Buttram was clumsy, a lousy cook, and just plain careless. Together, they made a great team and a dynamic duo for western TV. The Gene Autry Show was originally knowned as "Melody Ranch", possibly because Gene is the Singing Cowboy afterall. Episodes: 78 (b&w)/15 (color) The Charcters Gene Autry: The title character of the show. Rides through the west singing on his horse, Champion. Gene Autry is a U.S. Marshal. Pat Buttram: Gene Autry's sidekick who, can't hold a cake without falling into it, can't cook a burger without burning it, and can't play a whistle without swallowing it. Sometimes on the show (only in the early episodes) he was also knowned as Pat Jensen, Patrick Smith, and Hap Wallace. He loves to eat, and wishes he had a girl (he did in real life though) Champion (aka Champ): Gene's loyal horse. Really smart too, he once noticed a waterhole was poisoned while Gene didn't know at first. Little Champ:Champions's son. (season 5 only) Show Notes: *All of Gene's sidekicks (Pat, Tiny, Sagebrush, Chill) always wear the same outfit...tan 10-gallon hat, a blue and white plad shirt, leather vest, and kacky pants. *Before Pat Buttram, Gene's sidekick was Smiley Burnett. *Pat Buttram's real life wife, Sheila Ryan has played characters on the show before. *The reason why Pat had a little "hiatus" on the show (with Tiny, Sagebrush, and Chill Wills as the sidekicks) was because of a horrible misfire of a cannon during the filming of the show. *The Gene Autry Show later had a spin-off called ""The Adventures of Champion"" in 1955.moreless
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  • This was a classic TV Western series.

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    The Gene Autry Show was one of the better westerns to ever appear on television. Even beyond that, it is one of the better shows on television period. The writing was so good that it still holds up to today's standards. The regular cast was outstanding. The guest starts were absolutely fantastic. In this time period of television many famous actors would make appearances on great television shows such as this. Then there were the up and coming actors that would go on to become huge stars and used this as a springboard of sorts. All in all a great show that can still be watched today without missing a beat.moreless
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good vs. evil, visually striking, for men, for the aarp crowd, for the nostalgic