HOLLYWOOD–One of the first civilian fliers to have the new electronic auto-pilot installed on his plane is Gene Autry, who depends on his twin-engined Beechcraft for all of his extensive traveling.
He now owns a regulation plane but finds many towns he visits do not have airports. In addition, he hopes to keep the 'copter parked in his garage at the North Hollywood home so he can fly quickly to the Pioneertown location for his 52 TV films a year.
Pioneertown, whose normal population of 75 doubles when the Autry show personnel clutters up the neighborhood, is a tiny cluster of buildings in the baked Mojave desert, just 30 miles north of swanky Palm Springs, but about 60 years behind that ritzy resort. Autry finds the location ideal as background for his TV films because of the surrounding 80 acres which can duplicate the scenery of seven different western states. This, plus the fact the town itself looks like a, sure enough, cowboy town to fool Wild Bill Hickock.
Gregg Barton, Western heavy, has been signed for a character lead in "Last of the Pony Express," current Gene Autry starrer for Columbia being directed by George Archainbaud and produced by Armond Schaefer. This marks Barton's fifteenth appearance with Autry in the last four years. "Last of the Pony Express" is being filmed on location at Pioneertown.
The character that outgrew her is that of Cactus Kate, a cigar smoking sure shot, who rode down from the mountains into the San Bernadino valley on her old gray mare, Lightnin', into Pioneertown Cal.
Pioneertown, 20,000-acre old west tourist shotdown, the site of many a cowboy opera, goes on the auction block Wednesday (30) at San Bernardino county courthouse. Security Title Insurance Co. is seeking $80,000 for its interest.
Of all San Bernadino County's unique locations--mountains, lakes, forests, desert--perhaps the most outstanding and picturesque is Pioneertown, which has a pair on more movie and TV screens and any other spot of the Old West.
Dick Jones is the star of the new television series "Buffalo Bill, Jr.," sponsored by Milky Way, a product of Mars, Inc. This new western is produced in California at the famous Pioneertown, Lone Pine, in Apple Valley
Miss Jackie Loughery made the jump from subway-riding to range-riding. Not long ago, Jackie was a model, toting her hatbox as she swung swivel-hipped through wild and woolly Manhattan shooting down wolves and fresh guys with a fiery glance or sharp word.
Miss Jackie Loughery made the jump from subway-riding to range-riding. But long ago, Jackie was a model, toting her hatbox as she swung swivel-hipped through wild and woolly Manhattan shooting down wolves and fresh guys with a fiery glance or sharp word.