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Riders in the Sky Details


Gene Autry enjoyed considerable success with his recording of Stan Jones' haunting "Riders in the Sky". He then parlayed this success into a film, which proved to be one of Autry's best postwar efforts. The basic plot concerns Autry's efforts to clear rancher Ralph Lawson (Steve Darrell) of a trumped-up murder charge. The trumper-upper, Rock McCleary, is played by Robert Livingston, a former cowboy star who turned to character roles late in his career. The heroine is played by Gloria Henry, ten years removed from her TV fame as Alice Mitchell in Gloria Henry. The title song is imaginatively staged by director John English, with a ghostly Tom London riding hard and fast as a montage of moody images play across the screen. So effective was this vignette that Columbia included it in the coming-attractions trailer for Riders in the Sky. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Gene Autry
as Himself
Pat Buttram
as Chuckwalla Jones
Mary Beth Hughes
as Julie Steward
Robert Livingston
as Rock McCleary
Steven Darrell
as Ralph Lawson
Alan Hale, Jr.
as Marshal Riggs
Tom London
as Old Man Roberts
Hank Patterson
as Luke
Ben Welden
as Dave
Dennis Moore
as Bud Dwyer
Kenne Duncan
as Travis
Frank Jaquet
as Coroner
Roy Gordon
as J.B. Balloway
Kermit Maynard
Art Mix
Pat O'Malley
Bud Osborne
Sandy Sanders
Boyd Stockman
Isabel Withers
Denver Dixon


John English
Armand Schaefer
Gerald Geraghty
Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Mertz
Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Batista