Topic: Other Movie Genres
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #4063 - This morning, while watching movies I had recorded on TCM to view later, I saw the first ever movie appearance of Gene Autry! The film was titled 'In Old Santa Fe!
Contrary to the film poster shown to the left, Gene did not have any film credit in the original release of the film back in 1934!
Indeed, the film's scene with Gene was just a small part of the movie. Both he and Smiley Burnette sang a couple of songs during a dance at the dude ranch that the film was filmed at.
That was it. Period. You see, the part was considered to be a 'film test' for Gene Autry. It did show Gene had talent and he went on to be filmed in 92 additional films!
BTW, this was also the film that George Hayes created his character of being a 'cranky but lovable' sidekick. From then on he was known as 'Gabby' Hayes.
Ken Maynard was the 'star' when the film first was released. But when the film was re-released, Gene Autry received top billing at the start of the film.
Not a bad start for what Gene Autry was to become... America's Singing Cowboy!
You may be asking what this blog has to do with comic books... Well, a few years back I blogged about receiving a consignment of Western comic books.
That consignment included several Gene Autry comics, as well as Roy Rogers.
I mentioned the consignment to my mom, Lois E Hamersky, who had fond memories of Gene. He was her favorite cowboy western actor, while Roy Rogers was her sister's favorite.
I lived in the Los Angeles area for several years, and watched several old TV Shows and films starring both Gene & Roy. My favorite of the two was Roy Rogers and Trigger.
During my years as a comic book dealer, (ComicBooksCircus.com), I have sold multiple westerns. Most of them were sold to collectors in both Germany and Australia, when I was shipping outside of the USA. You can see the Gene Autry comics that were published by viewing this link at comics.org.
In summary, I enjoyed seeing the film where Gene Autry started back in 1934 in the movies! If TCM shows it again, I'd suggest you DVR it to view later!
~ Michael D Hamersky
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