Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
To film B westerns and TV shows. In 1952, Gene bought the ranch which had been the old Monogram Studios ranch, used for the same purpose. Gene hoped to turn it into a western museum later, but it burned down. Gene then built his Museum at Los Angeles' Griffith Park.
The Museum of the American West was opened in 1988.
Here Comes Santa Claus. Although "Rudolph" and "Frosty" were hits for Gene (and Gene wrote many songs), they were written by others.
Gene co-wrote "Here Comes Santa Claus" in 1947 and it became a Christmas classic.
"The Christmas Song" was written by Mel Torme.
Champion. For a time, Champion had his own radio program, "The Adventures of Champion".
Champion was Gene's partner and sidekick throughout their career. There were three official Champions though the years. His first on-screen credit was for
1935's "Melody Trail".
Will Rogers. Will discovered Gene by chance, in the late 1920s. With Will's encouragement, Gene started singing on local radio stations, first as "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy".
Ina May Spivey. Gene and Ina were married in 1932 and Ina died in 1980. Jackie Autry was Gene's second wife. They married in 1981.
The Los Angeles Angels. Gene bought the team when the ball club first came into being, in 1961. Today it is known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. When Gene died Oct 2, 1998, #26 was retired, because along with the 25 regular members of the team, Gene was considered #26.
Saxophone. He chose the guitar so that he could sing. His Grandfather, a Baptist minister, taught him to sing when he was a child. He also learned to ride at an early age.
Telegraph Operator. He and his parents had moved to Oklahoma in the early 1920s. After leaving high school in 1925 he became a telegrapher for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway.
Orvon Gene Autry. Gene was born in Tioga, Texas, Sept. 29, 1907. His family moved to Oklahoma when Gene was quite young, so he is closely associated with that State.
Autry Inman is a real singer, the others are made-up.
|Any discussion of Gene Autry cannot be complete without recognizing his business acumen. He once described himself as the "go between guy" who recognized opportunity, bought into it, and sold it to the highest bidder. That may be an oversimplification, as he was investing in radio and television, Mack Trucks, real estate, R.J. Reynolds--and the list goes on. What surprising venture into professional sports did he make?||Gene Autry
Purchased the Los Angeles Angels in 1961. A little known fact about Gene Autry was that he was a baseball fan. In fact, in his youth he was offered a minor league baseball contract. When Major League Baseball was in the process of expanding, Autry, owner then of the minor league Hollywood Stars, invested in the American League expansion team. The team experienced some name changes when the ball park was relocated to Anaheim. He served as Vice-President of the American League from 1983 until his death.
For many of his years he was counted among the 400 richest men in the United States according to "Forbes" magazine.
|During World War Two, Gene Autry was missing from the screen due to his military service. What was his primary assignment in the army?||Gene Autry
Pilot. Gene had earned a private flying license which enabled him to enter Flight School, where he emerged as a Flight Officer. He was assigned to fly the The Hump, which called upon him to fly cargo planes over Himalayan mountains in the India-China-Burma area of operations. He was allowed to continue his weekly radio program as a source of patriotism. Autry served three years of his enlistment in this capacity. Given his fame, he did upon appropriate circumstances entertain troops and also did some work with the USO. Autry refused to take a salary of a flight officer while in the army. Instead he accepted the salary of the lowest paid private.
|Although television put a damper on his film career, Autry chose to embrace it by beginning a television series of his own. The plots always had references to his ranch. What was the name of the ranch?||Gene Autry
Melody Ranch. Monogram Studios was a film making company that built a western town for its own purposes. Monogram relied on the 'B' Western and similar projects so when the genre was fading, Gene Autry bought the property in 1952 and turned it into the setting for his television series. The show was called "Gene Autry's Melody Ranch" after the name of one of his films. Through the years, it was a set for Westerns, including "The LoneRanger", "WyattEarp","Gunsmoke", "Hopalong Cassidy", "Annie Oakley", "Rin Tin Tin", and "The Cisco Kid". It also hosted the HBO series "Deadwood" and the film "The Magnificent Seven".
Prior to Autry's purchase, it was the set for John Wayne's "Stagecoach" and Gary Cooper's "High Noon". A brush fire swept in 1962, destroying much of the property AND leaving it very bleak. Later, the producers of TV's "Combat" found the landscape perfect to reflect the agonies of World War Two combat scenes.
Gene sold off the property in 1991, and it was restored and used for Westerns and as a museum.
|After the well-received serial, Gene embarked on a long journey in "B" Westerns. He ground them out at a steady rate, trying to get one on the screen between six weeks and two months. In total, Gene made 93 films beginning in 1934. When the so-called 'B' western genre died out, what was the last year that Autry made movies? ||Gene Autry
1953. Autry's films were aimed at young boys, but adults also enjoyed them too. With the advent of television, 'B' entertainment was available in the home with a turn of a switch. The movies changed to more adult formats and the genre died. Gene, however, kept going until 1953 when other western stars had already found other opportunities or retired. Gene released five films in 1953, the last being "Last of the Pony Riders", an ironic title. Autry continued in the type of entertainment that brought him success just as Charlie Chaplin continued making silent films.
Gene Autry had a code by which he made his films:
1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation's laws.
10. The Cowboy is a patriot.
|In 1934, Gene Autry ventured into Hollywood. At first, he was used in uncredited performances as part of musical interludes which were common in B-Westerns. In 1935, he made a 12-episode Saturday morning serial that brought him to the fore as a Western star. What was the name of the serial?||Gene Autry
The Phantom Empire. "The Phantom Empire" was a creative attempt to combine the genres of Western, science fiction, and musical. The story was told over 12 chapters of the secret empire just below Gene Autry's ranch. Each episode involved a trip into the 'empire' with some action scenes and a cliffhanger that encouraged youth, generally boys, to come back next Saturday to see how the events worked out. However, there was always room on the 20 minute run of the episode for Gene to sing a song or two, generally unrelated to the plot. Gene's popular "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" was introduced in the serial. Most of the songs were co-written by Gene and Smiley Burnette. Frankie Darro also appeared.
|During his apprentice years playing for dances and occasions, Gene ventured north to New York and was able to secure a minor recording contract. He went back to Tulsa and then to Chicago where he worked for WLS, the legendary Chicago station whose flagship program was "The National Barn Dance". There he teamed up with which musician and songwriter who became a close friend and his comical sidekick in future years?||Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette. Burnette played the accordion on "The National Barn Dance", backing up Gene. He claimed to know how to play a hundred instruments, some of which he invented himself. He also wrote and published over 400 songs, the most familiar being "Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)". He appeared with Gene in his films, often called 'Frog' or 'Oscar', and was the comic relief. When Gene's career was interrupted during World War Two, he co-starred with other western heroes but eventually returned to Gene's films. In 1940, he was voted the number two star of Western films just behind--guess who--Gene Autry. His final appearance was in the television comedy "Petticoat Junction", in which he played a train engineer.
|Gene Autry was a true Texan, born September 29, 1907 in Tioga, Texas, although his family later moved to Oklahoma. He adopted 'Gene' as his nickname and stage name. What was his birth name?||Gene Autry
Orvon Grover Autry. The Autrys moved to Ravia, Oklahoma in the 1920s, where he went to school and was kept busy helping his family with running the ranch. Later, be became a telegrapher for a railroad. When business was slow, he spent many long nights strumming his guitar and singing.