This publication is like no other book on Gene Autry! Each film contains: release date, major production credits, complete cast (including character played), all songs included, who wrote them & who performs them in the film, running time, filming dates, cast bios of major players (Smiley, Pat Buttram, Cass County Boys, Herb Yates, heavies, directors, song writers, leading ladies, etc.), locations used, budget and negative cost, stunt people involved, film analysis/synopsis, notes and comments (including film and cast background info, salaries paid, working titles, etc.), film comments from Gene and many other cast members, theater exhibitor comments at the time of release. All of Gene s Mascot, Republic and Columbia westerns included as well as his half-hour TV episodes. Bonus Material features: where to find individual songs in Gene s films, recurrent themes in Gene s westerns, Gene in print, Gene s appearances in film short subjects and various TV shows, songs written by Gene used in other movies, Gene s Top 10s as selected by 13 noted Autry enthusiasts, handy reference tables listing, by film and TV titles, all of Gene s sidekicks, leading ladies, musical groups, screenwriters, directors, locations, Champion chronology, foreword/afterword by Dick Jones and Jimmy Hawkins, 300+ photographs, many rare! Completely authorized and researched over a two year period utilizing files at Gene Autry Entertainment which revealed information never before published.
About the Author
Boyd Magers grew up at the right time and in the right place for a full appreciation of all westerns...the late 40s early 60s. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1940, he grew up with a western influence in Independence, Kansas (near where the Dalton and James Gangs rode) and Ponca City, Oklahoma (the site of the famed 101 Ranch). Beginning in late 1946 he attended the Beldorf in Independence and the Center in Ponca City, riding the range with the current crop of B-western heroes Gene Autry, Monte Hale, Tim Holt, Eddie Dean, Jimmy Wakely, Roy Rogers, Charles Starrett, Johnny Mack Brown and others. By 1953 the new medium of television offered him a steady hour upon hour appreciation of the early screen cowboys Buck Jones, Bob Steele, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, George O Brien, Rex Bell, Tim McCoy and the rest. The early 50s was also the time for the dawning of the TV western Gene Autry , Range Rider , Annie Oakley , Hopalong Cassidy , Kit Carson , Cisco Kid and the others which slowly matured into the so-called adult TV western of the late 50s early 60s, Gunsmoke , Cheyenne , Sugarfoot , Restless Gun and dozens more. Therefore, he came to appreciate all eras of westerns. Following Armed Forces Radio Network military service in Korea from 60- 61, and during a fifteen year career in radio on the air and as program director ( 62- 77), Boyd began to contribute articles on westerns to publications such as COUNTRY STYLE and others. In 1977 he established VideoWest which soon became the most respected source for western movies and TV episodes on video for over 25 years. From 1987 to 1994 he contributed a regular column on westerns to THE BIG REEL. Over the ensuing years he wrote regular columns or contributed articles to COUNTRY AND WESTERN VARIETY, UNDER WESTERN SKIES, CLASSIC IMAGES, FILM COLLECTOR S REGISTRY, among several others. Over the years he s also provided research data and material to over 40 books and several TV/video documentaries. He wrote hundreds of B-western film reviews still being used annually in VIDEO MOVIE GUIDE. In 2005 he wrote all the Roy Rogers and Gene Autry film reviews for Leonard Maltin s CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE. In 1994 he began self-publishing WESTERN CLIPPINGS which has become the primary source and authority for thousands of western readers. He also self-publishes SERIAL REPORT. Knowledgeable about all phases of western films, over the last fifteen years Boyd has moderated nearly 200 western celebrity guest star discussion panels at western film festivals all over the country. In addition, Boyd currently has over 2,500 reviews and observations ( The Best and Worst of the West ) of western films online at Chuck Anderson s Old Corral. Boyd s first book, WESTERNS WOMEN, was published by McFarland in 1999 and was followed in 2002 by LADIES OF THE WESTERN. SO YOU WANT TO SEE COWBOY STUFF was his third book in 2003, followed by THE FILMS OF AUDIE MURPHY in 2004 and BEST OF THE BADMEN in 2005. Boyd is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage and enduring memories of small and big screen westerns and the people who populated them.