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Oh Susanna! (August 19, 1936)

Gene Autry in Oh Susanna!
 

Released on August 19, 1936: (running time 53 minutes) A bandit tosses Gene Autry off the train and assumes his identity, framing Gene for murder.

Produced by Nat Levine

Directed by Joseph Kane

The Actors: Gene Autry (Gene Autry, aka Tex Smith), Smiley Burnette (Frog Millhouse), Frances Grant (Mary Ann Lee), Earle Hodgins (Professor Ezekial Daniels), Donald Kirke (Flash Baldwin), Boothe Howard (Wolf Benson), The Light Crust Doughboys (Western band), Clara Kimball Young (Aunt Peggy Lee), Edward Peil Sr. (Mineral Springs Sheriff), Frankie Marvin (henchman Hank), Carl Stockdale (Jefferson Lee), Roscoe Gerald (irate farmer), Roger Gray (Sage City Judge), Fred Burns (Cottonwood Sheriff Jones), Walter James (Sage City Sheriff Briggs), Lee Meehan (henchman Pete), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (train proter), Silver Tip Baker (Sage City townsman), Roy Bucko (Mineral Springs Deputy), Zeke Campbell (guitarist with The Light Crust Doughboys), Horace B. Carpenter (Sage City Autry fan), Tommy Coats (Mineral Springs Deputy), Edward Coxen (Sage City townsman), Rube Dalroy (Sage City townsman), Bert Dodson (standing Bass player with The Light Crust Doughboys), Curley Dresden (Sage City deputy), Earl Dwire (excited Sage City townsman), Oscar Gahan (Sage City barber), Clifford Gross (fiddle player with The Light Crust Doughboys), Jack Hendricks (Sage City townsman on bench), Alfred P. James (the judge), Jack Kirk (Sage City deputy and Jefferson Lee ranch hand), Tracy Layne (Sage City deputy), William McCall (Sage City whittling townsman), Merrill McCormick (Cottonwood deputy), Bruce Mitchell (train conductor), Marvin 'Smokey' Montgomery (banjo player with The Light Crust Doughboys), George Morrell (Sage City telegraph operator), Pascale Perry (knife throwing act assistant), Kenneth Pitts (fiddler with The Light Crust Doughboys), Bud Pope (Sage City deputy), Bob Reeves (ranch guest), Dick Reinhart (guitar player with The Light Crust Doughboys), Tom Smith (Mineral Springs deputy), Wes Warner (Sage City deputy), Jay Wilsey (Sage City deputy).

 

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Identity Theft in the Wild West

In 1960 the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard was broken in preparation for the installation of stars that would honor the famous people who made Hollywood famous. Fifteen hundred stars were installed, and the project was finished. It wasn’t until much later that the project was resurrected into the ever-growing display of stars that it is today.

Today, the walk honors not only people famous in the motion picture industry, but also broadcast television stars, music recording stars, broadcast radio stars, and live theatre performance stars. Many famous people have been honored with more than one star, but to this date, only one person has had the honor of being recognized as a star in all five categories.

Texas born Gene Autry was a telegraph operator on the midnight shift who would play his guitar and sing western songs to pass the time while waiting for a telegraph customer. One of his regular customers, Will Rogers, encouraged him to give up the telegraph business and become a professional singer.

After many failed attempts, he began making western style records in 1929, just at the time that sound was being added to motion pictures. Gene Autry was already a singing star making records that were sold and enjoyed around the world in 1934 when he was discovered by Hollywood. Nat Levine put him and his buddy Smiley Burnette into a cowboy movie, and soon Gene Autry skyrocketed to the top of the motion picture industry. Before his career was over, he had become a star in all five categories for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is the only performer to have earned five different stars on that famous sidewalk.

In this story, he is himself, the famous radio and recording star, who is on a train headed for a dude ranch owned by his good friend Jefferson Lee. Unfortunately, an outlaw who just escaped from prison knocks him out, trades clothes, and then dumps him off of the train assuming he is dead. The outlaw will rob and murder, all in the name of the radio singer Gene Autry, and soon the whole countryside is searching for the famous singer, eager to hang him high for his murderous deeds. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alfred P. James
Alfred P. James
Alfred P. James
Alfred P. James
Bert Dodson
Bert Dodson
Boothe Howard
Boothe Howard
Boothe Howard, Donald Kirke, Carl Stockdale
Boothe Howard, Donald Kirke, Carl Stockdale
Carl Stockdale
Carl Stockdale
Carl Stockdale, Frances Grant
Carl Stockdale, Frances Grant
Carl Stockdale
Carl Stockdale
Clara Kimball Young
Clara Kimball Young
Dick Reinhart
Dick Reinhart
Earle Hodgins, Smiley Burnette
Earle Hodgins, Smiley Burnette
Frances Grant, Gene Autry
Frances Grant, Gene Autry
Frankie Marvin
Frankie Marvin
Frankie Marvin, Donald Kirke, Lew Meehan, Boothe Howard
Frankie Marvin, Donald Kirke, Lew Meehan, Boothe Howard
Frankie Marvin, Donald Kirke
Frankie Marvin, Donald Kirke
Fred Burns
Fred Burns
Smiley Burnette, Earle Hodgins
Smiley Burnette, Earle Hodgins
Gene Autry
Gene Autry
Kenneth Pitts
Kenneth Pitts
Marvin 'Smokey' Montgomery
Marvin 'Smokey' Montgomery
Smiley Burnette
Smiley Burnette
Walter James
Walter James
Walter James
Walter James