“Ride, Ranger, Ride” - U.S. Cavalry vs Comanches Adventure
released on September 30, 1936
running time 53 minutes
The Actors: Gene Autry (Texas Ranger Gene Autry), Smiley Burnette (Frog Millhouse), Kay Hughes (Dixie Summeral), Monte Blue (Duval), George J. Lewis (Lieutenant Bob Cameron), Max Terhune (Rufe Jones), Robert Homans (Colonel Summeral), Lloyd Whitlock (Major Crosby), Chief Thundercloud (Little Wolf), The Tennessee Ramblers (Ranger Musicians), W.J. Blair (member of the Tennessee Ramblers), Jack Cheatham (the jailer), Sonny Chorre (Comanche warrior), Iron Eyes Cody (Comanche war party leader), Dick Hartman (member of the Tennessee Ramblers), I. Stanford Jolley (settler), Frankie Marvin (short ranger with a broad nose), Nelson McDowell (Proctor), Happy Morris (member of the Tennessee Ramblers), Tex Phelps (man at the fort), Bud Pope (settler), Arthur Singley (soldier), Shooting Star (Comanche warrior), Robert Thomas (soldier), Elmer Warren (member of the Tennesse Ramblers), Greg Whitespear (Crazy Crow)
The Indians, The Cavalry, The Ranger, and the Scalp that Got Away
Orvon Grover ‘Gene’ Autry was born near Tioga, Texas in 1907, and in my humble opinion, is the King of the Firsts.
Besides being the first major singing cowboy movie star, he was the first singer in history to earn a gold record, and the first musical performer in history to sell more than a million copies of a song. “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine,” sold over half a million copies as soon as it was released. His record of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is still the second highest selling Christmas song of all time, selling over 30 million copies so far.
Gene Autry was the first person to sell out the entire Madison Square Garden. Gene Autry was the first owner of the California Angels baseball team, and was the Vice-President of the American League until his death. When he joined the U.S. Army during World War Two, he was the only officer that was permitted to wear cowboy boots when he was in uniform.
Gene Autry is the only person who has five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The only memorable time that he lost a fight was when he tried to open a restaurant in Chicago. After refusing to pay the Mafia a fee for having a restaurant in their city, a large band of hoodlums raided the restaurant the day it opened. They chased all of the employees and customers out of the building and burned it to the ground. Gene returned to California and never tried to re-build.
In this adventure he is a Texas Ranger who will try to help the U.S. Cavalry keep pioneers safe from the warring Comanche Indians, but a devious saloon owner tries to arm the Indians with guns to kill the pioneers and frame Autry for murder. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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