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Gene Autry and “Santa” from  the film The Cowboy and The Indians (1949).

Film and Television / Family Activities

The Cowboy and the Indians (1949) and Hills of Utah (1951)

Part of the series Gene Autry Double Feature

Saturday, December 2, 2017, Noon

The Autry: Imagination Gallery

Admission: 
Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
RSVP/Reservations: 
No Reservations Necessary

About the Event

Every other month, two Gene Autry films are screened in the Imagination Gallery. 
 
December’s Gene Autry Double Feature theme is “Happy Holidays.”
 
Gene Autry had great success introducing seasonal songs and turning them into holiday hit records! On occasion these now iconic tunes were sung by Gene in his movies. His 1949 film The Cowboy and the Indians features the Christmas classic “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)” and Hills of Utah from 1951 includes “Peter Cottontail.” 
 

Films

The Cowboy and The Indians (1949)
Columbia Pictures (70 minutes)
 
Synopsis:
Opposed by a crooked trading post owner, Gene Autry tries to help neighboring Navajos suffering from malnutrition. When the Navajo chief is found robbed of his priceless turquoise necklace and unconscious, suspicion falls on his next in command, who joins forces with Gene to help the starving tribe. Sheila Ryan, Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, and Champion, World's Wonder Horse round out the cast in this modern story with Old West thrills. This is the only film in which Gene sings his Christmas classic "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)."
 
For more details on the cast and songs in this film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for The Cowboy and The Indians.
 

Hills of Utah (1951)
Columbia Pictures (70 minutes)


Sypnosis:
As a “doctor on horseback,” Gene Autry returns to the frontier town where his father was murdered and finds a feud raging between mine owner Jayda McQueen and Cattleman Bowie French. Gene tries to steer clear of the feud, but things get complicated when a boy mysteriously dies and McQueen comes gunning for the doctor. Gene sings his hit Easter tune “Peter Cottontail.”

For more details on the cast and songs in the film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for Hills of Utah.