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"The Big Sombrero" Starring Gene Autry
Monogram (Melody) Ranch


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THE BIG SOMBRERO (1949)

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Hacienda L/C-6

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First Run L/C-8

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Re-release 1956

Gene Autry and his horse Champion star (although not in this scene) in 1949's "The Big Sombrero" from Columbia Pictures Corp., filmed (among other places) at Ernie Hickson's Placeritos/Monogram movie ranch in Placerita Canyon, which Autry would later purchase from Hickson's widow.

Original lobby card (No. 8) from first run of film, 11x14 inches. Note: The lobby card says 1948; filming was done in 1948 but it was released Jan. 29, 1949.

Additional filming locations include Rancho Maria in Sand Canyon and Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, both in the Santa Clarita Valley. Locations outside of the Santa Clarita Valley include Corriganville in Simi Valley, Red Rock Canyon State Park in Cantil (Mojave Desert) and Starr Pass in Tucson, Ariz.

Elena Verdugo (shown here) is the female lead. Other credited players include: Stephen Dunne (the villain), George J. Lewis, Vera Marshe, William Edmunds, Martin Garralaga, Gene Roth and Neyle Morrow. Uncredited players include: Jose Alvarado, George Bell, Sam Bernard, John L. Cason, Joe Dominguez, Robert Espinoza, Lynn Farr Lynn Farr, Antonio Filauri, Joe Kirk, Pierce Lyden, Alex Montoya, Artie Ortego, Joe Palma, Jose Portugal, Cosmo Sardo, Charles Soldani, Tony Urchel and Rian Valente.

Produced by Armand Schaefer; directed by Frank McDonald; original screenplay by Olive Cooper.


LW2790: 9600 dpi jpeg from original lobby card purchased 2012-2013 by Leon Worden.
GENE AUTRY FILMS

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"Oh, Susanna!" 1936: Saugus Depot Clip

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Melody Ranch (Movie) 1940 x2

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The Singing Hill 1941 (Mult.)

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Cowboy Serenade 1942

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Strawberry Roan 1948 x3

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Rim of the Canyon 1949

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The Big Sombrero 1949/56 x3

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Apache Country
1952 x3

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Saginaw Trail 1953

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Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Pat Buttram 1988 (Video)

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