BLUE MONTANA SKIES (1939) and GENE AUTRY AND THE MOUNTIES (1951)
Starring Gene Autry
Date / Time:
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013, Noon–2:00 p.m.
The Autry in Griffith Park
Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members
Two Gene Autry films are screened on the fourth Saturday of every month in the Imagination Gallery’s Western Legacy Theater. February’s films find Gene Autry not in the great American West but in the chilly Canadian North. In Blue Montana Skies U.S. Federal Investigator Gene Autry and his pal, Frog Millhouse, are on a murder case involving fur raiders who are smuggling pelts across the Canadian border. Then, in Gene Autry and the Mounties U.S. Marshall Gene Autry and his deputy Pat Buttram face murdering bandits and stolen gold bullion. Both films feature plenty of music, Mounties, and more!
Blue Montana Skies (Republic Pictures, 1939)
When he makes a trip into the Canadian Northwest to sell cattle, Gene Autry’s friend, Steve, is murdered by fur raiders, who smuggle stolen pelts across the border into the United States. Federal Investigator Gene and his pal, Frog Millhouse, trail the gang to the H-H Dude Ranch, co-owned by Hendricks and the attractive Dorothy Hamilton. Gene and Frog stay at the ranch, where Gene is led to believe that Dorothy is an accomplice of the smugglers. Gene and Frog discover fur pelts in a storehouse on the ranch, but Hendricks catches Frog spying and holds him hostage, forcing Gene to help smuggle the next load of furs. Hendricks’s scheme works until Frog manages to escape from the storehouse by setting a fire. He tells Dorothy the truth about the smuggling and sends the Mounties to help Gene. Gene makes his own getaway from the gang and starts an avalanche that prevents their escape until the Mounties arrive, round up the smugglers, and bring them to justice.
For more details on the cast and songs in this film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for Blue Montana Skies.
Gene Autry and the Mounties (Columbia Pictures, 1951)
U.S. Marshall Gene Autry and his deputy Scat Russell cross into Canada while pursuing bank robbers Pierre LaBlond and Raoul Duval. They meet wounded Canadian Mounted Policeman Terry Dillon, whose partner has been murdered by the bandits, and take him to a cabin where they meet Duval’s niece, Marie. Jack Duval, Marie’s brother, hates all peace officers and regards LaBlond as his hero. The elder Duval and his henchman are captured by the Mounties in a raid, which uncovers stolen U.S. gold bullion. LaBlond frees the bandits and forces Marie to flee with him. Angered, Jack helps Gene and the Mounties wipe out LaBlond and his gang in a vicious gunfight.
For more details on the cast and songs in this film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for Gene Autry and the Mounties.
Poster images and film stills © Autry Qualified Interest Trust and the Autry Foundation.
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Blue Montana Skies movie poster
Smiley Burnette, Gene Autry, and the Royal Canadian Mounties to the rescue in Blue Montana Skies
Gene Autry in Blue Montana Skies
Gene Autry and the Mounties movie poster
Gene Autry and Pat Buttram in Gene Autry and the Mounties