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

Film and Television

Rovin’ Tumbleweeds (1939) and The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)

Part of the series Gene Autry Double Feature

Saturday, December 1, 2018, Noon–2:30 p.m.

The Autry: Ted and Marian Craver Imagination Gallery

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About the Event

Discover why Gene Autry is known as "America's Favorite Signing Cowboy" in this month's Double Feature. In Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939) Gene goes to Washington DC to aid his town with a flood control bill only to find he has a lot to learn. This is the film debut of Gene's iconic song "Back in the Saddle Again." Then in The Cowboy and the Indians (1949) rancher Gene attempts to aid neighboring Navajos suffering from malnutrition. This is the only film with his hit Christmas song "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)."


FILMS

Rovin’ Tumbleweeds (1939)
Republic Pictures 


Synopsis:
Rancher Gene Autry takes a job singing on the radio to aid farmers and ranchers whose lands were destroyed by raging floods. His radio popularity propels him into politics and he is elected to Congress. Blaming crooked politicians for the disaster, Gene tries to put through a flood control bill and finds he has a lot to learn. 

For more details on the cast and songs in this film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for Rovin’ Tumbleweeds.

The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)
Columbia Pictures

Synopsis:
Rancher Gene Autry tries to aid neighboring Navajos suffering from malnutrition, but he is opposed by the crafty and crooked trading post proprietor Martin. Soon the Navajo chief is found unconscious with his priceless turquoise necklace stolen, and Lakohna, next in line to be chief, is falsely blamed. Gene and Lakohna combine forces to take down Martin and help the starving tribe. Sheila Ryan, Clayton Moore, and Jay Silverheels round out the cast in this modern story with Old West thrills. This is the only film in which Gene sings his holiday 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.