The Gene Autry Collection, Vol. 3
Timeless Media Group
Retail: $16.97, Our: $13.99
Red River Valley (1936), Saddle Pals (1947), Apache Country (1952) and Pack Train (1953)
More Gene Autry from Timeless Media as they have announced The Gene Autry Collection, Vol. 3 for release on August 13th.
All four titles (above) are making their DVD debut and unlike the previous volumes, bonus features are not expected.
The 2-disc set will retail for $16.97, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $13.99.
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.
Red River Valley (1936, 56 min.)
Cowhand Gene Autry and his partner, Frog Millhouse, help Arizona cattlemen who are trying to build a dam to bring water to their parched lands. Unscrupulous men, including town banker Moore and superintendent of the cattlemen's irrigation company Conway, attempt to hinder these plans for their own profit. Gene volunteers as night-riding ditch guard, but is caught in rock avalanche when Bull, sabotaging construction boss, sets off a dynamite blast on purpose.
Gene is saved by his own quick wit, so Conway has Bull stir up the construction workers into striking over failure of payment. When the payroll is stolen, Gene and Frog head to the desert to recover it, are pursued, and forced into leaping off a cliff into the Colorado River to escape. On their way back to town, they catch Bull and two men dividing the money. Bull confesses, but Conway and Moore start a battle between the cattlemen and the rioting construction crews. Gene arrives with the payroll money, hoping to end the riot by paying the men.
In a final desperate effort to win, Conway and Moore open the dam's floodgates. Gene is washed into the raging current, but saves the money. The two shady men, seeing the jig is up, attempt to escape on a construction train, and are killed when it collides with a flat car of dynamite.
Saddle Pals (1947, 72 min.)
Rancher Gene Autry goes to the home of wealthy hypochondriac landowner Waldo Brooks, trying to get rent reductions for all the tenants in the valley. Waldo persuades Gene to switch identities and homes with him while he gets a much-needed vacation, giving Gene power-of-attorney to act for him in all matters.
Trouble ensues when Gene learns he must raise $50,000 to save Waldo's properties.
Apache Country (1952, 63 min.)
Cavalry scouts Gene Autry and Pat Buttram are ordered by the President to break up a frontier ring which uses Indian raids to cover up its bandit activities. Carolina Cotton assists Gene and Pat, while also seeking revenge against the gang leader, Dave Kilrain, who murdered her father.
Pack Train (1953, 57 min.)
Gene tops them all again! He's singing out the best western ballads and smoking out the West's worst badmen, taming the town that shamed Texas!
When Sunshine Valley settlers face disaster because of a food and medicine shortage, Gene Autry and Dan Coleman purchase supplies in Trail's End, but additional supplies, promised by Ross McLain and Lola Riker, operators of the town's only store, are not forthcoming. They've been auctioned off during a mining boom at premium prices.
Battling off a hijack band, Gene gets a shipment of supplies through to Sunshine Valley with the aid of drayman Smiley Burnette, but not in time to prevent the death of a little girl due to lack of medicine. In a showdown battle with McLain, leader of the hijack mob, Gene captures him for trial with Lola.