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  • Nov 7, 1945
    Gene Autry returns to a Los Angeles courtroom, contending his Republic movie contract should be voided. The studio maintains he owes three more years to make up for the period in which he was enlisted with the Army
    Jan 30, 1946
    A Los Angeles judge rules that Gene Autry's military service does not negate his contract with Republic Pictures, concluding that he owes the studio 21 more films
    Nov 21, 1946
    "Sioux City Sue" becomes the first Gene Autry movie to appear in theaters after the cowboy's return from service in World War II. Autry sings the title track and "Someday You'll Want Me To Want You"
    Jan 25, 1947
    The Gene Autry western "Trail To San Antone" appears in movie houses. Autry sings "Shame On You"
    Mar 19, 1947
    Republic president Herb Yates announces an end to the studio's long-running feud with Gene Autry, who's agreed to do two last films for the company
    Apr 1, 1947
    "Twilight On The Rio Grande" debuts in movie theaters. The western features Gene Autry and his horse, Champion
    May 23, 1947
    A San Francisco court overturns a lower court ruling, releasing Gene Autry from an obligation to do 21 more movies for Republic Pictures. Autry and the studio had feuded for three years over the impact of his World War II service on his contract
    Jun 15, 1947
    Gene Autry has the 60th movie role of his career, with the debut of "Saddle Pals"
    Jul 15, 1947
    Gene Autry handles the lead role as "Robin Hood Of Texas" appears in movie theaters. It marks his last film for Republic Pictures
    May 7, 1948
    Republic Pictures president Herb Yates writes a letter to The Sons Of The Pioneers, ending their movie contract with the Los Angeles studio

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