Stageline Agent Gene Autry goes undercover to help recover the Army payroll stolen from his company by the Apache Kid (Dick Jones) Gene has himself placed in jail as the Kid's cell mate over the objections of the crotchety Sheriff (Gordon Jones), who resents Gene's interference. When the Kid escapes jail Autry follows the clues to the Kid's Father(Harry Harvey) and Sister's (Gail Davis) Traveling Medicine Show, followed by the sheriff and Deputy Pat Buttram who is in line to collect reward money upon the Kid's conviction. Gene must work around the suspicions of the Kid and his family as well as having to battle Bad Guy Mike Mcclure (Henry Rowland) and his henchmen for the stolen loot.
This later Autry Movie has more singing than most of that era. Gene reworks "In and Out of the Jailhouse" and his signature tune "Back in the Saddle Again". The Cass County Boys provide some toe-tapping old time gospel with "Jubilee". The cast is almost entirely comprised of "Gene Autry Show" regulars (ex-Gordon Jones) putting in some overtime for the Big Screen. Add to that the stock footage and you have a fairly uninspired B-Western. The movie definitely has a feel of corner cutting, which is unusual since Gene's B's tended to have higher production values compared to the competition. Lucky for us fans though, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts in this case. While certainly not Gene's best work, most Autry Fans won't ask for their 61 minutes back.
Showing up in this as the sheriff, veteran actor Gordon Jones had his only big screen appearance with Autry in "Wagon Team" though he had previously appeared in a couple of the Autry television episodes. Not only was Jones prolific, he was also one of the most versatile actors to hit the saddle. He was equally at home as the sidekick, the lawman or playing the bad guy. Jones familiar face appeared throughout the 1950's in episodic television with occasional big screen appearances, ending in 1963 with John Wayne in "McLintock.
Not one of Gene's very best but Worth a watch -- 5 out of 10*
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