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Radio star Gene Autry (Gene Autry) returns to his home town of Gold Ridge at the request of his old friend Pop Harrison (Forrest Taylor), who wants Gene to straighten out his wayward son, Tex Harrison (James Seay), whose gambling and drinking threaten to bankrupt the rodeo organization which he heads. News photographer Clementine "Clem" Benson (Fay McKenzie) and reporter Hack Hackett (Chick Chandler) are ordered to follow Gene. The group finds quarters at the "Bar Nothing" dude ranch, winter quarters for Tex's rodeo group, and Tex soon tangles with Hackett in a quarrel. The latter wins a thousand-dollar bag of gold from Sunrise (Olin Holwin), a miner who has earned his stake digging in the supposedly abandoned mine beneath Gold Ridge. Hackett spots a fugitive Chicago racketeer, Crowley (George Douglas), who is hiding out from the mob he has double-crossed. During a "Frontier Days" celebration, Hackett is killed and the sheriff (Hal Price) orders an investigation of all the guns of the performers, who were using blanks, and Tex's gun is found with live ammunition and he is charged with murder because of the earlier quarrel. Gene suspects Crowley as he learns of his real background, but the true killer is neither Tex nor Crowley.
Cast & Crew
|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||not available|
|Release Date:||1942||Production Date:||
loaner #1965; most of the songs cut out +e 5 Nov 1992
|Color/B&W:||Black and White||Distributions Co:||Republic Pictures Corp.|
|Sound:||Mono (RCA Sound System)||Production Co:||Republic Pictures Corp.|