Gene Autry and the Mounties (1951)

70-71 mins | Drama | January 1951

Director:

John English

Writer:

Norman S. Hall

Producer:

Armand Schaefer

Cinematographer:

Bill Bradford

Editor:

James Sweeney

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Gene Autry Productions
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Gene Autry and the Royal Mounted . HR production charts refer to the film as Mounties . According to the DV review, portions of the film were shot on location in Big Bear, CA. According to information in the copyright file, the film was released in sepia; however, the print veiwed was in black and ... More Less

The working title of the film was Gene Autry and the Royal Mounted . HR production charts refer to the film as Mounties . According to the DV review, portions of the film were shot on location in Big Bear, CA. According to information in the copyright file, the film was released in sepia; however, the print veiwed was in black and white. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Jan 1951.
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Daily Variety
17 Jan 51
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Jan 51
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jan 51
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Jan 51
p. 670.
Variety
24 Jan 51
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd tech
SOURCES
SONGS
"Love's Ritornella," words by James Robinson Planché, music by Thomas Simpson Cooke
"Blue Canadian Rockies," words and music by Cindy Walker
"Onteora," words and music by Doris Anderson and Gene Andrea.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Gene Autry and the Royal Mounted
Release Date:
January 1951
Production Date:
early June--mid June 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Gene Autry Productions
Copyright Date:
22 December 1950
Copyright Number:
LP551
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
sepia
Duration(in mins):
70-71
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14495
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Just north of Montana, Royal Canadian Mounties Terry Dillon and Sgt. MacKenzie flee as a band of outlaws led by the notorious Pierre LaBlond pursue them with guns blazing. After ordering Terry to return to headquarters to report LaBlond's presence in Canada, MacKenzie attempts to hold the outlaws off alone, but is shot in the back by LaBlond. U.S. Marshal Gene Autry and his deputy, Scat Russell, hear the gunshots and, meeting Terry on the road, return with him to help MacKenzie. Terry is shot and wounded as LaBlond and his men escape with MacKenzie's body. Gene and Scat take Terry to a nearby cabin, where Marie Duval offers them assistance over her younger brother Jack's objections. Jack considers LaBlond a hero for being the right-hand man of revolutionary Louis Fontaine, who two years earlier attempted to seize a large portion of Canadian land and declare it an independent republic. Unaware that Marie's uncle, Raoul Duval, is a member of LaBlond's gang, Terry explains that the Mounties assumed that LaBlond had been killed in the gang's subsequent flight to America. While Marie tends to Terry's wound, Jack slips away with his dog King to warn LaBlond about Terry. Gene and Scat, who have introduced themselves to the Duvals as cattlemen, then escort Terry to Mountie headquarters at Rocky River. There Gene presents his official papers to Inspector Wingate, revealing his identity and assignment to investigate the theft of several shipments of gold from Montana, for which the authorities believe LaBlond is responsible. Gene suspects that Jack has passed information to LaBlond after he and Scat run into Duval and another gang member, Batiste, on the trail. ... +


Just north of Montana, Royal Canadian Mounties Terry Dillon and Sgt. MacKenzie flee as a band of outlaws led by the notorious Pierre LaBlond pursue them with guns blazing. After ordering Terry to return to headquarters to report LaBlond's presence in Canada, MacKenzie attempts to hold the outlaws off alone, but is shot in the back by LaBlond. U.S. Marshal Gene Autry and his deputy, Scat Russell, hear the gunshots and, meeting Terry on the road, return with him to help MacKenzie. Terry is shot and wounded as LaBlond and his men escape with MacKenzie's body. Gene and Scat take Terry to a nearby cabin, where Marie Duval offers them assistance over her younger brother Jack's objections. Jack considers LaBlond a hero for being the right-hand man of revolutionary Louis Fontaine, who two years earlier attempted to seize a large portion of Canadian land and declare it an independent republic. Unaware that Marie's uncle, Raoul Duval, is a member of LaBlond's gang, Terry explains that the Mounties assumed that LaBlond had been killed in the gang's subsequent flight to America. While Marie tends to Terry's wound, Jack slips away with his dog King to warn LaBlond about Terry. Gene and Scat, who have introduced themselves to the Duvals as cattlemen, then escort Terry to Mountie headquarters at Rocky River. There Gene presents his official papers to Inspector Wingate, revealing his identity and assignment to investigate the theft of several shipments of gold from Montana, for which the authorities believe LaBlond is responsible. Gene suspects that Jack has passed information to LaBlond after he and Scat run into Duval and another gang member, Batiste, on the trail. Back at the Duval cabin, LaBlond awaits Duval's return and attempts to romance Marie, who responds coldly. Later, Gene and Terry return to the Duval cabin and purposely mention in front of Jack that a large contingent of Mounties are arriving to help battle LaBlond. When Jack again slips away to LaBlond's, both King and Gene follow. Gene is captured by Batiste, who discovers his marshal's badge, but gets King to lead his horse Champion to him and escapes. Gathering together all the stolen Montana gold, LaBlond and his gang make an effort to evade the Mounties, but in the ensuing shootout, a safe falls from LaBlond's wagon. When Terry and Gene open the safe, they discover several marked bars of gold and Fontaine's private records, which implicate LaBlond and the gang. Batiste and a wounded Duval are arrested after the skirmish, but provide no further information. LaBlond informs Marie of her uncle's capture and convinces her to visit him in jail, knowing she will go to the Mounties. While Marie notifies Wingate of LaBlond's whereabouts, LaBlond, dressed in MacKenzie's Mountie uniform, gets Batiste out of jail. Duval, too seriously wounded to be moved, is left behind. Later, at the Duvals', Jack refuses to help Gene until Gene makes him realize that Marie is probably in danger. When LaBlond later appears and tries to force Marie to go with him and his gang to their stronghold in Silver Lake, Jack protests, but Marie agrees to prevent trouble. Jack then rides off to tell Gene. When Duval discovers that LaBlond is forcing Marie to accompany him, he confesses that LaBlond murdered MacKenzie and plans to overthrow Fontaine, and asks to go with the Mounties to Silver Lake to rescue his niece. In Silver Lake, LaBlond tries to rouse his gang to get the local townspeople to fight to the death against the Mounties. When Marie protests the involvement of innocent people, the men agree, forcing LaBlond to back down and order the town evacuated. Marie then tells LaBlond that she will never marry him, and in his anger, he pushes her and knocks over an oil lamp, which sets the room ablaze instantly. LaBlond flees and Marie manages to get out through a window before collapsing. Terry, Gene, Duval and the Mounties arrive and search for Marie in the smoke and flames. Duval discovers LaBlond in the smoke, and as he attacks him, a burning building falls on them. Gene and Terry rescue Marie and with the demise of LaBlond, the region is declared safe. +

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