The Last Round-Up


1h 17m 1947

Brief Synopsis

Gene Autry (Gene Autry) attempts to arrange that both the Indians and ranchers, scheduled to be driven from their land by Mesa City's mew aqueduct, benefit from the deal, which is opposed by town banker Mason (Ralph Morgan.) Mason stirs up the Indians against Gene but, with help from school teacher Carol (Jean Heather), Gene is able to expose Mason's schemes.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 5, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Gene Autry Productions
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

When government officials in Mesa City announce plans to build an aqueduct on a river bordering a nearby Indian reservation, some of the Indians on the reservation assemble a war party and threaten an attack. The news of the aqueduct plan also angers cattle rancher Gene Autry, who is a friend of the Indians. In the hopes of averting a war between the ranchers and the Indians, Gene proposes a compromise calling for the Indians to be moved to better land in Cedar Valley, and for the ranchers to relinquish their water rights to the city. A short time later, Gene meets Carol Taylor, a schoolteacher at the Indian school, and falls instantly in love with her. Gene's compromise wins the support of the ranchers, who plan to use the money promised to them by the government to pay their debts to financier Charlie Mason. Charlie and his son Matt, however, are conspiring to force the ranchers further into debt so that they can repossess their land. Gene later engages Matt in a fistfight when Matt falsely accuses Gene of working for the Mesa City aqueduct builders. Carol, too, begins to question Gene's motives, and later urges her father, a rancher, to oppose the deal. To counter the growing Indian opposition to the deal, Gene appears on a local television program and reassures the Indians that they will be given fertile land in Ceder Valley. The television program restores Carol's faith in Gene, and their romance blossoms. A short time later, Charlie tries to sabotage the aqueduct project by staging a fake accident, in which many Indians are injured. By spreading lies about Gene's motives, Charlie's men succeed in destroying the friendship between Gene and Jeff Henry, an influential Indian. When Charlie begins to foreclose on the land he sold to the ranchers, Gene persuades the ranchers to sell their cattle to raise enough money to defend themselves against Charlie's scheme. No sooner do the ranchers head out for the cattle market than they are ambushed by Jeff and some Indian warriors. Jeff is killed in a shootout with Matt, after which Gene captures Matt and brings him to justice. With the end of the Mason family's control of the ranchers, life on the mesa returns to normal.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 5, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Gene Autry Productions
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

This film marked Gene Autry's initial production under his Gene Autry Productions banner. Modern sources list actors Dale Van Sickle, Blackie Whiteford and Robert Walker in the cast. A May 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that some filming took place in Tucson, AZ.