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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
The Bashful Elephant (1962) as Director
2.
Snowfire (1958) as Director
A young girl on an isolated ranch forges a close bond with a wild stallion.
3.
Tokyo File 212 (1951) as Director
4.
The Showdown (1950) as Director
Shadrach Jones (William Elliott), ex-Texas State Policeman, has a ruthless determination to find and kill the man who shot his brother in the back and stole the money with which he was to buy a ranch for he and Shadrach. At the saloon-hotel ran by Adelaide (Marie Windsor), Shadrach is convinced that one of the cowhands on a cattle drive by Captain McKellar (Walter Brennan) to Montana is the killer, and he takes the trail-herd boss job to identify the man. McKellar preaches to Jones that he should forget revenge and let the law of retribution take care of the killer. Shadrach's hard driving of the men and his hunt for the killer makes him bitterly hated, and his retribution quest ends in a manner he has not anticipated.

Writer (feature film)

5.
The Bashful Elephant (1962) as Screenwriter
6.
The Littlest Hobo (1958) as Writer
Buddy Hart, Wendy Stuart, Carlyle Mitchell, Howard Hoffman, Robert Kline. London, a freight car riding canine, rescues Fleecie the lamb from an untimely end in a slaughterhouse. After this exciting experience, they wander on to the grounds of the governor's estate where they inspire the governor's paralyzed daughter to walk.
7.
Snowfire (1958) as Writer
A young girl on an isolated ranch forges a close bond with a wild stallion.
8.
Tokyo File 212 (1951) as Screenwriter
9.
The Showdown (1950) as Screenwriter
Shadrach Jones (William Elliott), ex-Texas State Policeman, has a ruthless determination to find and kill the man who shot his brother in the back and stole the money with which he was to buy a ranch for he and Shadrach. At the saloon-hotel ran by Adelaide (Marie Windsor), Shadrach is convinced that one of the cowhands on a cattle drive by Captain McKellar (Walter Brennan) to Montana is the killer, and he takes the trail-herd boss job to identify the man. McKellar preaches to Jones that he should forget revenge and let the law of retribution take care of the killer. Shadrach's hard driving of the men and his hunt for the killer makes him bitterly hated, and his retribution quest ends in a manner he has not anticipated.
10.
Singing Guns (1950) as Screenwriter
Rhiannon, an outlaw who regularly robs gold from the stagecoach, shoots the new sheriff and then carries him to the doctor. The doctor cleans up Rhiannon and presents him to the sheriff as the man who saved his life. Rhiannon is deputized by the sheriff, and becomes torn between his new life and the prospect of robbing the next gold shipment...
11.
Hellfire (1949) as Writer
Zeb Smith is a gambler with a larcenous streak, but when an itinerant preacher takes a bullet meant for him, Zeb vows to fulfill the preacher's mission of building a church. Frustrated in his attempts to get donations, Zeb attempts to capture fugitive Doll Brown in order to obtain the reward. But he finds that there's more to Doll than meets the eye. When his old friend Bucky McLean shows up gunning for Doll, Zeb sees a chance to redeem them all... one way or another.
12.
Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947) as Orig scr
In yet another version of probably Republics most-used single plot---the basis for "The Leathernecks Have Landed"-"Rough Riders Round-Up", "Guns in the Dark", "Remember Pearl Harbor" and a couple of other films from Republic---and with revisions to fit the Autry mold, Gene Autry(Gene Autry) and his pals Dusty Moran (Bob Steele) and Pokie (Sterling Holloway) are in Mexico where Dusty is killed. With the help of Elena Del Rio (Adele Mara), whose father has also been murdered by unknown assailants, Gene discovers that the killings tie in with a jewel-smuggling scheme.
13.
Saddle Pals (1947) as Original Story
14.
The Trespasser (1947) as Adaptation
15.
Valley of the Zombies (1946) as Screenwriter
Dr. Maynard (Charles Trowbridge) tells Dr. Terry Evans (Robert Livingston) and his nurse, Susan Drake (Lorna Grey as Adrian Booth), about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab. Later, he is visited by Ormand Murks (Ian Keith), a man Maynard had once had committed to an insane asylum and who later died from an operation, and Maynard learns that Murks is an example of living death whose abnormality is counter-acted only by blood. The doctor soon becomes Murk's unwilling blood donor. Murks' brother Fred (Earle Hodgins) threatens to expose him and he too is murdered. Terry and Susan find Maynard's body near an abandoned graveyard and this leads them to an estate where a partially obscured sign reads:"Murks Bros.,Undertakers." Susan is kidnapped.
16.
The Inner Circle (1946) as Screenwriter
Gerry Travis (Adele Mara), a college girl who has always been overshadowed by her sister, is mistakenly believed to have written a sensational best seller, which was actually written by her aunt, the Dean of the college. Complications arise.
17.
Night Train to Memphis (1946) as Orig scr
18.
Don't Fence Me In (1945) as Orig scr
A lady reporter travels West to dig up the truth about a long dead bandit.
19.
Sing Neighbor Sing (1944) as Orig scr
20.
The Big Bonanza (1944) as Screenwriter
21.
San Fernando Valley (1944) as Orig scr
A ranch owner fires his ranch hands and brings in women to replace them. The owner's daughter wants the male hands back and comes up with a plan to do it. They will rustle the horses and when the women hands are unable to find them, they will bring them in and get their old jobs back. But the two hands that steal the horses sell them and then claim they were robbed.
22.
Mountain Rhythm (1943) as Screenwriter
23.
Hoosier Holiday (1943) as Orig story and scr
24.
Swing Your Partner (1943) as Orig scr
25.
O, My Darling Clementine (1943) as Orig scr
26.
Shepherd of the Ozarks (1942) as Orig scr
27.
Stardust on the Sage (1942) as Original Story
28.
Hi, Neighbor (1942) as Orig scr
29.
The Old Homestead (1942) as Orig scr
30.
Country Fair (1941) as Screenwriter
31.
Tuxedo Junction (1941) as Orig scr
32.
Down Mexico Way (1941) as Story
After the badguys swindle the good folk of Sage City, Gene and Frog chase them to Mexico where they are now trying to rob a rich Mexican ranchero.
33.
Arkansas Judge (1941) as Screenwriter
34.
Mountain Moonlight (1941) as Screenwriter
35.
Village Barn Dance (1940) as Screenwriter
36.
Barnyard Follies (1940) as Orig scr
37.
Grand Ole Opry (1940) as Orig scr
38.
In Old Missouri (1940) as Orig scr
The Weavers play sharecroppers. They confront their landlord with their tale of woe only to find he is in money trouble too. He also has a wastrel son and a socialite wife who wants a divorce. He begs the Weavers to trade places with him and fix things up.
39.
Friendly Neighbors (1940) as Orig scr
40.
Trouble in Sundown (1939) as Screenwriter
A man's friend searches for the real crooks when he's accused of robbery and murder.
41.
My Wife's Relatives (1939) as Original Story
42.
South of the Border (1939) as Original Story
Federal Agent Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog are sent to Mexico to prevent foreign powers from gaining control of Mexican oil refineries and fomenting revolution among the Mexican people. Gene falls in love with Senorita Dolores but finds he must leave for the island of Palermo, where her uncle, Don Diego, is being prevented from transporting his cattle to market by the foreign agents, who have co-opted Dolores' brother Andreo into joining them. While trying to load cattle by sea into a waiting cargo ship Gene and his men are attacked by Andreo and his revolutionaries, with fatal results.
43.
Jeepers Creepers (1939) as Orig scr
44.
Missing Evidence (1939) as Original Story
45.
Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939) as Orig scr
A flood has wiped out the ranchers. Congressman Fuller was against the Flood Control bill so Gene runs against him in the next election and wins. Gene goes to Washington but has no success in passing the bill as Holloway is using his influence to block it. Then just as Gene returns home another disastrous flood hits.
46.
In Old Monterey (1939) as Screenwriter
The Army wants the ranchers land and the Borax plant for their maneuvers. Stevenson is dissatisfied with their offer for the plant and has his men blowing up ranches making it look like the work of the Army. He hopes when the ranchers rebel the Army will raise their bid to avoid trouble. Gene has been sent to investigate but the eviction day has arrived and the ranchers prepare to fight the Army.
47.
Under Western Stars (1938) as Screenwriter
In his starring debut Roy gets elected to congress in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. In Washington he learns he needs the backing of a key congressman and gets that man to go west for an inspection trip. When the Congressman is initally unimpressed, Roy gets the inspection party stranded without water to show the true conditions.
48.
Down in "Arkansaw" (1938) as Orig scr
49.
Ladies in Distress (1938) as Screenwriter
50.
Smashing the Spy Ring (1938) as Screenwriter
51.
Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938) as Screenwriter
52.
Come On, Leathernecks (1938) as Screenwriter
53.
Under Western Stars (1938) as Original Story
In his starring debut Roy gets elected to congress in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. In Washington he learns he needs the backing of a key congressman and gets that man to go west for an inspection trip. When the Congressman is initally unimpressed, Roy gets the inspection party stranded without water to show the true conditions.
54.
Smashing the Spy Ring (1938) as Story
55.
Bill Cracks Down (1937) as Screenwriter
56.
Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937) as Screenwriter
Parker steals cattle from the cattlemen and blames it on the turpentiners. Then he incites the cattlemen to burn down the turpentiners trees. When Gene finds the rustled cattle he tries to kill him. Failing, he kills both Gene's father and Bayliss Baynam and has Gene arrested for Baynum's murder.
57.
Git Along Little Dogies (1937) as Orig scr
58.
Sea Racketeers (1937) as Orig scr
59.
Lady Luck (1936) as Story
60.
Ride, Ranger, Ride (1936) as Screenwriter
Texas rangers fight the U.S. Cavalry to save them from train robbers.
61.
The Singing Cowboy (1936) as Screenwriter
When Gene's boss is murdered, the bosses daughter is seriously injured. To raise money for her operation, Gene and the ranch hands enter the new medium of television as singers. When they do well the bank agrees to lend them the needed money. Martin is after the ranch and he was the murderer. Now he has to make sure the daughter doesn't get the operation so he sends his henchmen out to wreck Gene's equipment.
62.
Red River Valley (1936) as Scr and orig story
Bull and his men and their unknown boss are out to stop the completion of the dam being built by Baxter. Gene takes the job of ditch rider, the previous riders having been killed by the gang. When Bull and his men rob the payroll, Gene chases them down. Returning he finds the unpaid construction workers about to blow up the dam.
63.
King of the Pecos (1936) as Screenwriter
Profiteer Alexander Stiles (Cy Kendall) lays claim to a million acres of range in the Pecos River country, but a rancher named Clayborn (John Beck) stands in his way as he has already claimed the water-rich location of Sweetwater as his own, and refuses Stiles' $1000 offer for his land. Led by the murderous Ash (Jack Clifford), the hired guns of Stiles kill Clayborn and his wife (Mary MacLaren) but their young son John (Bradley Metcalfe Jr.) survives and joins his grandfather in Austin. As the boy grows into a man he learns the use of a law book as well as a six gun, intending to use both to bring Stiles to justice. As lawyer John Clay (John Wayne), he travels to the Cottonwood headquarters of Stiles, self-proclaimed King of the Pecos, and meets Hank Matthews (Arthur Aylesworth) and Josh Billings (Herbert Heywood), two cattlemen thrown into poverty through the crooked dealings of Stiles. John serves a summons for Stiles to appear in court but the circuit judge (James Marcus) is too frightned to face the might of Stiles. John sends Hank to round up other impoverished cattlemen, and they provide the judge with an armed escort to Cottonwood. The judge upholds the ranchers' pleas for use of water and grass, and Stiles sees most of his ill-gotten gains turned over to public domain for proper filing. Stiles convinces newcomers Eli Jackson (Edward Hearn) and his daughter Belle (Muriel Evans) that John is trying to cheat the ranchers and file claims for himself. He also plans an ambush for those riding through the canyon to file claims and he sends Ash and his gunmen to the hills, instructing them to shoot anyone without the white arm bands he has supplied to his own riders. John discovers the plot and has the ranchers to also wear white arm bands, ensuring their safe passage. With their claim successfully filed the ranchers plan a cattle drive to Abilene where the railroad is promising $20 a head. Stiles steals whatever cattle he can and moves his outlaws to Sweetwater, where he hopes to extort money for use of the water there from the trail drivers. When the drive reaches Sweetwater, John confronts Stiles, revealing that he is the son of the murdered Clayborn's and that Sweetwater rightfully belongs to him. Following a siege by John and the ranchers, Stiles tries to escape by buckboard, but when the wagon tips over he is crushed by the safe containing money he has stolen from others. John pursues Ash into the rocks, offering him a chance to draw first and then ills him. John leaves his gun and his quest for revenge at the site and turns his mind to Belle and his law career.
64.
Sea Spoilers (1936) as Original Story
When a Coast Guard commander arrives at his actress girlfriend's yacht, he finds the owner killed and his girlfriend missing.
65.
Comin' Round the Mountain (1936) as Screenwriter
66.
Guns and Guitars (1936) as Orig story and scr
Gene joins in the fight against Morgan and his men who are trying to run infected cattle to the railroad. When Morgan's man shoots the Sheriff, Gene runs in the election to replace him. Morgan accuses Gene of the murder but Gene wins anyway and it's not long before he gets the chance to nab Morgan and his gang.
67.
A Man Betrayed (1936) as Orig scr
68.
The Big Show (1936) as Orig story and scr
When cowboy star Tom Ford disappears, Wilson gets his double Gene Autry to impersonate him. But Ford owes gangster Rico $10,000 and Rico arrives to collect. He fails to get the money but learns that Autry is an impersonator and now blackmails Wilson and his movie studio.

Producer (feature film)

69.
Billion Dollar Hobo, The (1978) as Executive Producer
As the last living relative of mega-rich railroader Choo-Choo Trayne, Vernon could inherit the whole fortune, but first this good-hearted bumbler has to learn the ropes by hitting the rails as a hobo. Traveling incognito with Bo, his uncle's street-smart canine sidekick, Vernon tries to hop his firs
70.
The Ice House (1969) as Producer
71.
The Bashful Elephant (1962) as Producer
72.
Snowfire (1958) as Producer
A young girl on an isolated ranch forges a close bond with a wild stallion.
73.
Tokyo File 212 (1951) as Producer
74.
Hellfire (1949) as Executive Producer
Zeb Smith is a gambler with a larcenous streak, but when an itinerant preacher takes a bullet meant for him, Zeb vows to fulfill the preacher's mission of building a church. Frustrated in his attempts to get donations, Zeb attempts to capture fugitive Doll Brown in order to obtain the reward. But he finds that there's more to Doll than meets the eye. When his old friend Bucky McLean shows up gunning for Doll, Zeb sees a chance to redeem them all... one way or another.
75.
Valley of the Zombies (1946) as Associate Producer
Dr. Maynard (Charles Trowbridge) tells Dr. Terry Evans (Robert Livingston) and his nurse, Susan Drake (Lorna Grey as Adrian Booth), about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab. Later, he is visited by Ormand Murks (Ian Keith), a man Maynard had once had committed to an insane asylum and who later died from an operation, and Maynard learns that Murks is an example of living death whose abnormality is counter-acted only by blood. The doctor soon becomes Murk's unwilling blood donor. Murks' brother Fred (Earle Hodgins) threatens to expose him and he too is murdered. Terry and Susan find Maynard's body near an abandoned graveyard and this leads them to an estate where a partially obscured sign reads:"Murks Bros.,Undertakers." Susan is kidnapped.
76.
Night Train to Memphis (1946) as Associate Producer
77.
The Tiger Woman (1945) as Associate Producer

Music (feature film)

78.
Snowfire (1958) as Composer
A young girl on an isolated ranch forges a close bond with a wild stallion.
79.
Git Along Little Dogies (1937) as Composer

Cast (special)

80.
Gene Autry: Melody of the West (1994)
Documentary on Gene Autry, focusing on the singing cowboy's film career and his influence on the Hollywood western. Includes film clips, archival footage and interviews with friends and Autry himself.

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