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Gene Autry Appears to Jump Beale's Cut
"Cowboy Serenade" (Republic 1942)


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Joe Yrigoyen.

Stock footage of a jump over a narrow defile is spliced into a sequence in "Cowboy Serenade" (1942) from Republic Pictures starring Gene Autry. The same footage was also used in "Thunder in God's Country" (Republic 1951) starring Rex Allen.

It has been reported elswhere that this defile is Beale's Cut in the Newhall Pass, but it is not. We don't know where it is, but it is not Beale's Cut. The gap is too narrow, the crevice is too shallow, the high-desert foliage is wrong, and it is a natural defile, not a manmade one like Beale's Cut.

Beale's Cut does not appear in this movie.

The jump over the camera was probably made by Joe Yrigoyen of Ventura (1910-1998), a nephew of Andy Jauregui. Yrigoyen doubled Autry in this picture. His pal Yakima Canutt performed general stunts, but the rider is not Canutt. This type of camera angle was usually effected by digging a trench.

The cinematographer was Jack A. Marta. The sequence was cut together by editor Lester Orlebeck. William Morgan directed.


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