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The California State Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles honored Gene during the summer of 1980 with a thirteen-week exhibit and film retrospective.

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Film Info

Public Cowboy No. 1

1937
Republic Pictures
Production #: 701
59 minutes

Synopsis:
Gene Autry believes in progress, but in the matter of handling cattle rustlers, he is for the old-time methods. In support of his friend, the sheriff, he sets out to trap a gang of cattle thieves who employ radios, planes and refrigerator trucks in staging their profitable raids. Assisted by his friend, Frog Millhouse, Gene attempts to trace the stolen beef to local wholesale meat dealer Jack Shannon, who evades arrest by producing hides for every carcass in his plant. Aroused by scathing editorials penned by newspaper publisher Helen Morgan, the townspeople call in city detectives to combat the gang with modern crime detection methods. In defiance, the rustlers proceed to stage their biggest haul. Frog gets wind of this attempt on his short-wave set, and Gene sends out a call for help to the countryside. Gene and his pals on horses, and the detectives in a car, head for the trouble spot. After a gunfight, the crooks are captured and Gene snags the ringleaders, without any sign from the city detectives. It turns out that their car has bogged down in a swamp! The town decides to stick by the old-fashioned straight-shootin' sheriff with a few slight concessions to progress.

Cast:

Character: Performer:
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Frog Millhouse Smiley Burnette
Helen Morgan Ann Rutherford
Sheriff Matt Doniphon William Farnum
Jack Shannon Arthur Loft
Stubby Frankie Marvin
Jim Shannon House Peters, Jr.
Quackenbush James C. Morton
Thad Slaughter Maston Williams
Justice Frank La Rue
Ezra Milburn Morante
Champion Champion

Songs:

WANDERERS Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and Extras
THE WEST AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE Gene Autry
HEEBIE JEEBIE BLUES Smiley Burnette
THE WEST AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE Gene Autry
I PICKED UP THE TRAIL TO YOUR HEART Gene Autry
DEFECTIVE DETECTIVE FROM BROOKLYN Smiley Burnette
OLD BUCK-A-ROO Gene Autry
WANDERERS Gene Autry and Extras

Crew:

Directed by Joe Kane
Associate Producer Sol C. Siegel
Screenplay Oliver Drake
Original Story Bernard McConville
Photography Jack Marta
Supervising Editor Murray Seldeen
Film Editors Lester Orlebeck - George Reid
Sound Engineer Terry Kellum
Musical Director Raoul Kraushaar
Songs by Felix Bernard, Paul Francis Webster, Oliver Drake, Fleming Allan

Watch a Clip from Public Cowboy No. 1: