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  • Nov 12, 1941
    Gene Autry makes his 50th appearance on the big screen, in the debut of "Sierra Sue," where he sings "Be Honest With Me." The picture also has roles for Smiley Burnette and Eddie Dean
    Mar 11, 1942
    Gene Autry plays his usual good-guy role, aiding a female rancher in the debut of "Heart Of The Rio Grande." The film also features his trusty sidekick Smiley Burnette, plus Jimmy Wakely and Johnny Bond
    Apr 20, 1942
    "Home In Wyomin'" makes a home in movie theaters, with Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and Spade Cooley appearing on screen. Autry sings "I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes"
    May 25, 1942
    "Stardust On The Sage" appears in movie houses, with Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and, naturally, Champion. Autry sings "Home On The Range," "You Are My Sunshine" and "Deep In The Heart Of Texas"
    Aug 10, 1942
    "Call Of The Canyon" debuts in movie theaters. The western features Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and The Sons Of The Pioneers
    Sep 15, 1942
    "Bells Of Capistrano" makes it theater debut, the last new Gene Autry movie to appear until he finishes his tour of duty with the Army during World War II. The film also features Smiley Burnette
    Feb 8, 1944
    Republic Pictures notifies Gene Autry it intends to continue operating with his pre-war contract once he concludes his enlistment with the Army. The two sides feud over the deal--in offices, in the papers and in court--for the next three years
    Jun 17, 1944
    Gene Autry serves notice to Republic Pictures that he believes his contract with the studio has been nullified by his military service. The two sides end up in court
    Jun 27, 1944
    Gene Autry files a lawsuit in Los Angeles against Republic Pictures in an attempt to have his movie contract voided
    Dec 1, 1944
    Gene Autry appears in a Los Angeles court room in an attempt to terminate his contract with Republic Pictures, which he says is promoting Roy Rogers in his stead while Autry is in the Army. The court sides with Republic

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