The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)

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Evil Indian Agent Richards is cheating the Indians into starvation. Gene shows that their raids are only for survival.



  • Clayton Moore in The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)
  • Gene Autry and Shooting Star in The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)
  • Gene Autry and Jay Silverheels in The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)
  • Gene Autry, Sheila Ryan, and Champion in The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)
  • Gene Autry and Sheila Ryan in The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)

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11 April 2003 | KDWms
| substandard Gene Autry flick
I've seen a number of Gene Autry movies and, in my opinion, this is NOT one of the better. Maybe I'm just becoming too negative. Aha!!! I know what's missing: the sidekick. Minimal comic relief. Then there're those stereotypically-wrong characteristics of the Indians. (I know...portrayals were very different in 1949.) At least they're not the villains here. Quite the contrary: this shows how they were victimized in yet another way. At first, Gene is upset by their raids, but he later learns why, which is then still unbeknownst to the local constabulary. So, for awhile there, Gene's on the outs with the law. Interestingly, this flick contains BOTH Clayton Moore (as a bad guy) AND Jay Silverheels (as a college-educated Indian) BEFORE they were The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Also, this film must have been released near Christmas 'cause - get ready for a couple of song-standards of that season toward it's end. Some other tunes were a little TOO hokey and juvenile for my tastes, even taking into account the behavior of the era.

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