Gene Autry FilmFest

All shows performed in the Mojave Theatre inside the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel.

($5 fee for the WestFest general admission applies to all attendees; and is included with any Rodeo Tickets purchased.)

 

With the support of Jackie Autry and Gene Autry Entertainment, the 2011 WestFest will feature a three day Western film
festival highlighting the film and television work of America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry.
 
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The screenings begin on Friday, March 25 at Noon with fully restored films and episodes of The Gene Autry Show television series. Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment, will introduce the movies and TV episodes and take questions following the screenings. Then on Saturday, March 26 the screenings begin at 10 AM with the final day of singing cowboy  entertainment starting up at 10 am on Sunday, March 27.

The Mojave Room theatre is a beautiful 160-seat seminar room in the Renaissance Hotel next to the Western Design Expo area.
 

The Silver Screen FilmFest featuring Gene Autry is free to all attendees of the Palm Springs WestFest and Western Design Expo with the $5 general admission fee.

Saturday, March 26, is designated Gene Autry Day at the rodeo!

 

Presentation Schedule for the 3-day Gene Autry FilmFest:

Friday, Mar. 25, 2011: RODEO

11:00 am - 12:40 pm - Gene Autry Screenings
Introduction and by Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment
BELLS OF CAPISTRANO 1942 Republic Pictures (73 minutes)

Synopsis: A feud between two rival rodeo companies accelerates when both want Gene Autry, the popular singing cowboy, as a crowd-drawing added attraction. Originally released September 15, 1942 and the last movie he filmed before serving in World War II, Bells of Capistrano features Gene singing five hit songs, including In Old Capistrano and Forgive Me.

THE GENE AUTRY SHOW episode “The Sheriff is a Lady” (28 minutes)

Season 2, Episode 25
Original Airdate March 23, 1952 CBS Television

Synopsis: Gene and Pat find themselves up against a lady sheriff who mistakes them for gun-smugglers.

1:00 - 1:45 - The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show- $10

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Gene Autry Screenings
MELODY TRAIL 1935 Republic Pictures (60 minutes)

Synopsis: Nationally known radio and recording star Gene Autry wins the thousand-dollar purse in the bronco-riding event at a large rodeo. When a gypsy steals the prize money, Gene and his pal Frog Millhouse must take jobs as cooks at the Triple T Ranch where cowgirls have replaced the cowboys.  A kleptomaniac St. Bernard, mistaken identity, and a round-up of cattle rustlers make this Gene Autry musical Western a fan favorite.

3:15 - 4:30 - "Oh, You Cowgirl" Documentary- $10

4:45 - 5:30 - The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show- $10

 


 

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2011: Gene Autry Day

10:00 am - 12:40 pm - Gene Autry Screenings
Introduction and Q&A with Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment
THE BIG SHOW 1936 Republic Pictures (71 minutes)

Synopsis: Movie stunt-double Gene Autry must take the place of temperamental Western star Tom Ford (both roles are played by Gene) who skips out on an appearance at the Texas Centennial. Gene's singing soon leads to complications with girlfriends, studio executives, and gangsters.  Filmed on location in Dallas at the Texas Centennial and includes musical performances by The Light Crust Dough Boys, Jones Boys, and Sons of the Pioneers.

HILLS OF UTAH 1951 Columbia Pictures (70 minutes)

Synopsis: Gene Autry returns as a "doctor on horseback" to the frontier town where his father was murdered and finds a feud raging between a mine owner and a cattleman. When a young patient unexpectedly dies, the father comes gunning for Gene.  The film stars Gene Autry and Pat Buttram and features Gene’s hit song Peter Cottontail.

1:00 - 1:45 - The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show- $10

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Gene Autry Screenings
Introduction by Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment
BLUE CANADIAN ROCKIES 1952 Columbia Pictures (58 minutes)

Synopsis: Gene Autry and Champion crash through a maze of murder and mayhem on a dude ranch deep in the heart of the tall timber country. Montana rancher Cyrus Higbee sends Gene, his foreman, to Canada to stop the marriage of his daughter Sandra to Todd Markley, whom he suspects is a fortune hunter. Gene soon discovers that Sandra has turned the place into a dude ranch with entertainers Carolina Cotton and the Cass County Boys. When a mountie is murdered and lumberjacks threaten to take over, Gene and Pat Buttram must find the real murderer and bring peace to the Blue Canadian Rockies.

THE GENE AUTRY SHOW episode “Horse Sense” (28 minutes)

Synopsis: Gene and Pat are hired by a young rancher and her brother to help train horses. Champion’s uncanny intelligence proves vital in bringing to justice a crook who is also working at the same ranch.

Season 2, Episode 15
Original Airdate January 11, 1952 CBS Television

3:45 - 5:00 - "Oh, You Cowgirl" Documentary- $10

5:30 - 6:15 - The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show- $10



Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011: Fiesta Charra Day

 

10:30 am - Noon - Gene Autry Screenings
Introduction and Q&A with Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment

MEXICALI ROSE 1939 Republic Pictures (59 minutes)Hired as a radio singer, singing cowboy Gene Autry soon discovers the show's sponsor is a crooked oil company cheating, among others, an orphanage on the Mexican border. With the aid of a music-loving bandit, Gene and Smiley Burnette ride to the rescue. Spine-tingling thrills, breathtaking action, and heart-warming songs are all rolled into this great Western adventure! Songs include You’re the Only Star in My Blue Heaven, Rancho Grande, and Mexicali Rose.

12:15 - 1:00 - The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show- $10

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm - Gene Autry Screenings
Introduction and Q&A with Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment

SOUTH OF THE BORDER 1939 Republic Pictures (70 minutes)

Synopsis: On the eve of World War II, Federal agents Gene Autry and Frog Millhouse journey down to Mexico to help foil the plans of foreign spies, headquartered at a submarine base, attempting to gain control of Mexican oil fields. Full of action, humor and music, this 1939 release introduced both the title song and teen performer Mary Lee to movie audiences.

2:45 - 4:00 - "Oh, You Cowgirl" Documentary- $10

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - Gene Autry Screening
Introduction by Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment

THE GENE AUTRY SHOW episode “The Lost Chance”

Season 1, Episode 13
Original Airdate October 15, 1950 CBS Television

Synopsis: Gene helps a Mexican boy kidnapped by a gang of outlaws who believe he knows the way to a legendary gold mine.

THE GENE AUTRY SHOW episode “Border Justice”

Season 3, Episode 6
Original Airdate August 18, 1953 CBS Television
Synopsis: Gene and Pat help the Mexican government when they trail smugglers.

 

PLUS, these special performances:

Oh, You Cowgirl!

New Documentary Movie and producer's comments taking place during the Gene Autry FilmFest in the Mojave Room at Renaissance Hotel.

Nominal fee for this performance of $10.

 

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The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show

Another special event scheduled during the Gene Autry FilmFest

are tributes to many of the most famous singing cowboys

from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen!

The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show "LIVE" is an exciting musical and visual Tribute to the movie cowboys from the
B-Westerns of the 30's, 40's, and 50's – cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Rex Allen, Hoppy, Tom Mix, Lash LaRue,
and the list goes on! Every song tells a story and conjures a memory of a special time in the lives of those in the audience.
During the great music performed live by award-winning musicians, an ongoing multimedia presentation of the silver
screen cowboys, their sidekicks, and their horses will take the viewer on a nostalgic ride back to yesteryear.

Don't miss this opportunity – it's a family affair!

Nominal fee required for this show of $10.

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