|Gene Autry Collection, Vol. 1|
Timeless Media Group
Retail: $19.98, Our: $14.99
Melody Trail (1935), The Big Show (1936), Boots and Saddles (1937) and Rhythm of the Saddle (1938)
Timeless Media is wasting no time after acquiring rights to Gene Autry's holdings.
They released The Gene Autry Show - Season 1 in June and have now set a November 15th street date for the Gene Autry Collection, Vol. 1. Two of the four titles, Melody Trail and Rhythm of the Saddle, are making their DVD debut.
The 2-disc will retail for $19.98, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $14.99. Bonus features are expected, but have not yet been detailed.
Gene Autry is the only entertainer with all five stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, one each for radio, recording, motion pictures, television and live performance. He was the silver screen’s first singing cowboy and is credited with creating the genre of the musical B Western. As the star of 89 feature films, Gene brings music, comedy and action to each of his roles.
Now, for the first time on DVD, Gene Autry’s rollicking big screen adventures and unforgettable tunes are brought home in these Western classics, fully restored and uncut from Autry’s personal film archives.
Melody Trail (1935, 54 min.)
When a gypsy steals his rodeo prize money, Gene Autry and his pal, Frog Millhouse, hire on as ranch cooks and Gene is soon attracted to the rancher’s daughter, the mischievous Millicent.
Cowgirls have taken over for the cowboys, who are suspected of rustling cattle. Millicent's kleptomaniac St. Bernard, Souvenir, steals the gypsy’s baby and confusion soon reigns as Millicent is mistaken for the infant’s mother, the gypsies are mistaken for kidnapers, and the dog continues to pilfer things! Gene uses some modern tricks and sings a few songs to help the cowgirls capture the rustlers and ride the Melody Trail.
The Big Show (1936, 62 min.)
Movie stunt-double Gene Autry must take the place of temperamental Western star Tom Ford (both roles are played by Gene) at the Texas Centennial. Gene’s singing soon leads to complications with girlfriends, studio executives, and gangsters. This 1936 release was filmed on location at the Texas Centennial with musical guests The Beverly Hill Billies, Sons of the Pioneers (with Leonard Slye, later known as Roy Rogers), The Jones Boys, and The Light Crust Doughboys.
Boots and Saddles (1937, 54 min.)
A British youngster inherits a ranch so heavily burdened with taxes that only by selling the wild mustangs on the range to the Armed Forces can he keep the property. Foreman Gene Autry and his sidekick, Frog Millhouse, befriend the boy and become involved in a series of misadventures with the Army colonel's uninhibited daughter and other personnel at the Post.
Rhythm of the Saddle (1938, 55 min.)
Gene Autry is the ranch foreman for Maureen McClure and must protect her interests when rival ranchers and a gambler attempt to steal the rodeo franchise away from her Silver Saddle Ranch. When a series of “accidents” occur it is up to Gene and his sidekick, Smiley Burnette, to uncover the plot and reveal the bad guys with a trick or two of modern technology during a big stagecoach race.