Gene Autry and Lupita Tovar from South of the Border (1939).

Film and Television

South of the Border (1939) and Gaucho Serenade (1940)

Part of the series Gene Autry Double Feature

Saturday, February 24, 2018, Noon–2:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

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Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
No Reservations Required

About the Event

On the fourth Saturday of every other month, two Gene Autry films are screened in the Wells Fargo Theater. Gene Autry was the star of 89 movies with the first half of his big screen career at Republic Pictures between 1935 and 1947. All of his Westerns feature Gene’s trademark music, comedy, and action with the Republics heavy on the music. Gene brings his hit song to life in South of the Border (1939) and there are eight musical numbers in Gaucho Serenade (1940). Be sure to sing-along with Gene, Mary Lee, and Smiley Burnette in this double feature!


South of the Border (1939)
Republic Pictures 

On the eve of World War II, Federal agents Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette are sent south of the border to help foil the plans of foreign spies attempting to gain control of Mexican oil fields. Full of action, humor and music, this 1939 release introduced both the title song and teen performer Mary Lee to movie audiences.

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

Gaucho Serenade (1940)
Republic Pictures 

A case of mistaken identity sends Gene Autry and Frog Millhouse, two down-and-out ex-rodeo stars, on a rip-roaring, cross-country trek as they help a little boy evade the gangsters responsible for the false imprisonment of his father. This "road picture," originally released in 1940, features Duncan Renaldo, TV's popular Cisco Kid, and counts "A Song at Sunset" among its classic tunes.
For more details on the cast and songs in the film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for Gaucho Serenade.