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Riders in the Sky (1949)

Riders in the Sky (1949)

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Gene Autry enjoyed considerable success with his recording of Stan Jones' haunting "Riders in the Sky". He then parlayed this success into a film, which proved to be one of Autry's best postwar efforts. The basic plot concerns Autry's efforts to clear rancher Ralph Lawson (Steve Darrell) of a trumped-up murder charge. The trumper-upper, Rock McCleary, is played by Robert Livingston, a former cowboy star who turned to character roles late in his career. The heroine is played by Gloria Henry, ten years removed from her TV fame as Alice Mitchell in Dennis the Menace. The title song is imaginatively staged by director John English, with a ghostly Tom London riding hard and fast as a montage of moody images play across the screen. So effective was this vignette that Columbia included it in the coming-attractions trailer for Riders in the Sky. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Gloria Henry
as Ann Lawson
Pat Buttram
as Chuckwalla Jones
Mary Beth Hughes
as Julie Steward
Robert Livingston
as Rock McCleary
Steve Darrell
as Ralph Lawson
Alan Hale Jr.
as Marshal Riggs
Tom London
as Old Man Roberts
Dennis Moore
as Bud Dwyer
Joe Forte
as Willard Agnew
Frank Jaquet
as Coroner
Roy Gordon
as J.B. Balloway
Lois Bridge
as Widow Cathart
Boyd Stockman
as Guard with Rifle
John Parrish
as Sam Devlin
Lynton Brent
as Townsman
Isabel Withers
as Galloway's Secretary
Robert Walker
as Townsman
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