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"Beyond the Purple Hills"
Melody Ranch | Starring Gene Autry

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Lobby card No. 8 (of eight) advertising the 1950 Gene Autry vehicle from Columbia Pictures, "Beyond the Purple Hills."

Filmed at Ernie Hickson's Placeritos (aka Monogram) Ranch in Placerita Canyon. Hickson died in January 1952; within a year, Autry purchased the movie property and renamed it Melody Ranch.

Additional filming locations are Corriganville in Simi Valley and the Alabama Hills in Inyo County.

"Beyond the Purple Hills" is written by Norman S. Hall, directed by John English, produced by Armand Schaefer, and also features Autry's horse Champion (second billing), Hugh O'Brian (who would have his own series at Melody Ranch several years later), sidekick Pat Buttram, and Jo-Carroll Dennison, Don Beddoe, James Millican, Don Reynolds, Hugh O'Brian Roy Gordon and Harry Harvey.

Uncredited cast includes Jerry Ambler, Emile Avery, Walter Bacon, Curt Barrett, Gregg Barton, Lynton Brent, Bobby Clack, John Cliff, Victor Cox, Russell Custer, Bert Dillard, Bert Dodson, Frank Ellis, Herman Hack, Fenton Jones, Fred S. Martin, Frankie Marvin, Merrill McCormick, Billy McCoy, Frank O'Connor, Pat O'Malley, Ralph Peters, Maudie Prickett, Sandy Sanders, Jerry Scoggins, Boyd Stockman, Tex Terry and Robert J. Wilke.

Stunt players are Bobby Clack, Bert Dillard, Kermit Maynard, Sandy Sanders, Boyd Stockman and Bob Woodward (Autry's double).


LW3502: 9600 dpi jpeg from original lobby card purchased 2019 by Leon Worden.
GENE AUTRY FILMS

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Tumbling Tumbleweeds 1935 x3

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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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Beyond the Purple Hills 1950

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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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