Pack Train (1953)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Release Date - Jul 4, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Gene Autry's summer release for 1953 was the 56-minute Pack Train. In this one, Autry is assigned to safely transport supplies to a band of settlers. The villains, headed by Ross McLain (Kenne Duncan), intend to bushwhack Autry, grab the supplies, and sell them at high prices to a local mining camp. It must needs be that Autry and the bad guy duke it out in the final reel; the climactic fight, which takes place on a speeding train, is the best scene in the film. McLain's partner in crime is played by Sheila Ryan, the real-life wife of Gene Autry's perennial sidekick Pat Buttram (who also appears in the film). The heroine in Pack Train is Autry-contractee Gail Davis, who later in 1953 began filming on her own TV series, Annie Oakley.



bad-guy, business, cowboy, gold, gold-mine, good-guy, homestead, mine, outlaw [Western], owner, selling, settler, store, train [locomotive], training