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In the Corner with Dan Hughes


Jun 27, 2011

Gene Autry was 21 when he began singing on the radio, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

A year later he signed a recording contract with Columbia records, and he moved to WLS in Chicago, where he was on the National Barn Dance for four years. 

He made his first movie in 1934, and his radio show, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, aired from 1940 to 1956. 

This episode, Cattlemen's Money Stolen, was originally broadcast on June 9, 1951.

(And by the way - that's not a lighter in the picture, that's the flashlight I describe in the show.)