The Cass County Boys, Gail Davis, and Gene Autry from On Top of Old Smoky (1953).

Film and Television

Whirlwind (1951) and On Top of Old Smoky (1953)

Part of the series Gene Autry Double Feature

Saturday, April 28, 2018, Noon–2:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

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 Autry Museum’s Wells Fargo Theater. Gene Autry was the star of 89 movies with the second half of his big screen career at Columbia Pictures between 1947 and 1953. All of his Westerns feature Gene’s trademark music, comedy, and action with the Columbia’s heavy on the action. Smiley Burnette, Gail Davis, and Champion are along for the ride with Gene in Whirlwind (1951) and On Top of Old Smoky (1953).

Whirlwind (1951)
Columbia Pictures


Gene Autry is reunited with his former sidekick Smiley Burnette to blaze a trail of adventure, thrills, and suspense in this 1951 film. Known as the WHIRLWIND, Gene is an ace postal inspector who arrives in Red Bluff on Champion to work with fellow government representative Smiley Burnette to investigate a series of mail robberies. Together they give the old heave-ho to a crime syndicate muscling in on the U.S. Mail! Gail Davis and Thurston Hall are along for the ride through bullets, brawls, and bad men.

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

On Top of Old Smoky (1953)
Columbia Pictures

Gene Autry, star of a singing show with the Cass County Boys billed as "Gene Autry and his Texas Rangers," is mistaken for a real Ranger in the tough town of Mountain City. Gene soon swings into action to help Jen Larrabee, the owner of a toll road who is having trouble with the local eye doctor and a local gambler who both want Jen to relinquish her property, which contains valuable mica deposits. The film has six musical numbers including, Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette performing “I Hang My Head and Cry” plus Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys singing “If It Wasn’t for the Rain” and “On Top of Old Smokey.”

For more details on the cast and songs in this film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for On Top of Old Smoky.