Gene Autry Movie, TV Archives Coming To Shout! Factory TV

Photo Credit: Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation
Gene Autry from Rovin’ Tumbleweeds (1939)

Shout! Factory TV will take audiences back to the old west next month.

The company will stream Gene Autry’s TV and movie archive beginning May 1. The resurrection of the archives marks the first time ever that the properties have been available to stream by any company.

Shout! Factory TV worked closely with Gene Autry Entertainment to curate the titles. The first group of Gene Autry titles to stream (May 1) are his feature films, South of the Border, Gaucho Serenade, Melody Ranch, The Strawberry Roan and Blue Canadian Rockies.  The second round of content — Public Cowboy No. 1, In Old Monterey, RovinTumbleweeds, RidinOn A Rainbow and Sioux City Sue will start streaming June 1.

Autry’s TV and film collection will be available to stream on all Shout! Factor TV platforms: Shout!, Shout! Factory TV’s Roku Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Android apps.  It will also be available on Shout! Factory TV-branded channels, such as Tubi, Amazon Prime Video Direct, Amazon Channels and Roku Channel.  Each of Autry’s films will stream on the noted channels on the last Wednesday of each month, too.

The synopsis of each of Autry’s movies is noted below.


List of Films and Synopses
Available May 1, 2020
South of the Border (1939)
On the eve of World War II, Federal agents Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette are sent South of the Border to help foil the plans of foreign spies attempting to gain control of Mexican oil fields. Full of action, humor and music, this 1939 release introduced both the title song and teen performer Mary Lee to movie audiences.
Gaucho Serenade (1940)
A case of mistaken identity sends Gene and Frog (Smiley Burnette), two down-and-out ex-rodeo stars, on a rip-roaring, cross-country trek as they help a little boy evade the gangsters responsible for the false imprisonment of his father. This “road picture,” originally released in 1940, features Duncan Renaldo, TV’s popular Cisco Kid, and counts “A Song at Sunset” among its classic tunes.
Melody Ranch (1940)
Lawlessness runs rampant in Gene’s hometown of Torpedo until the movie and radio cowboy returns as Honorary Sheriff for a Frontier Days celebration and cleans up the town. Showcasing classics like “We Never Dream the Same Dream Twice” and its title song, and featuring Jimmy Durante and Ann Miller, this musical was Gene’s biggest theatrical production when it was released November 15, 1940. Melody Ranch was selected by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry in 2002.
The Strawberry Roan (1948)
In Gene Autry’s first color picture, Champion stars in the title role as a wild stallion who becomes a legend of the West. More exciting than any manhunt is the furious pursuit of an outlaw stallion, branded a killer, and the two-fisted cowboy who fights off a gun-crazed posse to win justice for the noble animal. Filmed in vibrantly hued Cinecolor against the beauty of Arizona landscapes, The Strawberry Roan combines thrill-filled action with a tender story of loyalty and includes five great Western songs, including the title song and “The Angel Song.”
Blue Canadian Rockies (1952)
Gene Autry and Champion crash through a maze of murder and mayhem on a dude ranch deep in the heart of the tall timber country. Montana rancher Cyrus Higbee sends Gene, his foreman, to Canada to stop the marriage of his daughter Sandra to Todd Markley, whom he suspects is a fortune hunter. Gene soon discovers that Sandra has turned the place into a dude ranch with entertainers Carolina Cotton and the Cass County Boys. When a mountie is murdered and lumberjacks threaten to take over, Gene and Pat Buttram must find the real murderer and bring peace to the Blue Canadian Rockies. Features the title song and the humorous tune “Mama Don’t Like Music.”
Available June 1, 2020
Public Cowboy No. 1 (1937)
Gene Autry’s tried and true crime fighting methods are put to the test when cattle rustlers employ modern technology – including refrigerated trucks, planes and two-way radios – in Public Cowboy No. 1. Things get worse when the local newspaper gal’s scathing editorials bash Gene’s old-fashioned methods and demand the locals call in “progressive” big city detectives. It’s up to Gene and his horse Champion, along with pal Frog Millhouse, to prove that the Western straight-shooting methods of dealing with crime still hold true! Features the classic tune “The West Ain’t What It Used to Be.”
In Old Monterey (1939)
Sergeant Gene Autry, formerly a rancher, pretends to quit the Army to persuade stubborn farmers to sell their land for a military proving ground. Gene soon discovers that unscrupulous mine owners are keeping the ranchers stirred up in hopes that the government will grow weary of the dealings and pay a higher price for their land. Smiley Burnette and June Storey join Gene in this wartime Western. Features the classic song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.”
Rovin’ Tumbleweeds (1939)
Rancher Autry takes a job singing on the radio to aid farmers and ranchers whose lands were destroyed by raging floods. Blaming crooked politicians, he goes to Washington and tries to put through a flood control bill and finds he has a lot to learn. In this classic release, Gene introduces his immortal theme song,“Back in the Saddle Again,” which has gone on to become a piece of American history.
Ridin’ On A Rainbow (1941)
Assisting in the search for murderous bank robbers, rancher Gene Autry goes undercover as a showboat entertainer to capture the crooks and recover the money. Key to their investigation is the young singer Patsy, played by Mary Lee. Action-packed from ship to shore, the film’s showstopping musical numbers include Gene’s performance of “Be Honest with Me,” nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Song of 1941.
Sioux City Sue (1946)
Gene trades in his wings for a pair of spurs in his first movie after returning from World War II. To get his ranch out of dire financial straits, Gene reluctantly goes to Hollywood to make a movie. But his real troubles begin on his return when everyone finds out he’s the voice of Ding Dong the animated singing donkey, and his nemesis tries to drive him to ruin. Released November 21, 1946, this classic features Sterling Holloway and the hit “Oklahoma Hills.”


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Shout! Factory, Twitch Get Things “Revved Up” With ‘Street Hawk’ Marathon

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It’s time to go back to the 80s again with Shout! Factory TV and Twitch!

Shout! Factory and Twitch have partnered for another retro TV marathon, this time featuring the full run of the 1985 action/crime series Night Hawk.  The 13-episodes series will be shown in full starting June 6 at 6 p.m. on Shout! Factory’s Twitch channel.

For those perhaps not so familiar with the short-lived sci-fi/crime/action series, it focuses on a cop named Jesse Mach (this name will come into play shortly) who is wounded in the line of duty.  As a result of his injuries, Jesse is forced to become a desk cop instead of working the front lines so to speak.  His secret is that he has “another life.”  At night, he works as a test driver for a top-of-the-line motorcycle that can reach speeds of up to 300 miles per hour (thus Jesse’s last name, Mach.  Get it?  yeah….ok).  Jesse uses his partnership with the government in this top secret program to fight bad guys at night while working as a public communications officer for his police department by day.  Only one person, federal agent Norman Tuttle (played by Regalbuto — Murphy BrownKnots LandingAce Crawford…Private Eye) knows Jesse’s secret.

The series features a guest appearance by none other than Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future 1-3CyberchaseBack to the FutureThe Animated Series) in its pilot episode as a villain.  George Clooney (E.R.Roseanne, Up in the Air) also appears as a guest star at one point in the series, along with Bianca Jagger (The Cannonball RunThe ColbysFlesh Color).

Audiences can view the trailer for the marathon online now here.  Those who won’t be able to watch the marathon can still stream every episode online now through Shout! Factory TV’s VOD service.

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Shout! Factory TV, Twitch Team Up For ‘Starcade’ Marathon

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Shout! Factory TV has teamed with Twitch for a very special marathon.

The companies have partnered for a 6-day marathon of the classic television series Starcade.  The classic 80s series, which originally aired on TBS – then WTBS — made gaming a popular spectator sport ages before it rose to its current popularity. Contestants would play a variety of video games in each episode for the chance to win featured arcade games for themselves.

Shout! Factory TV and Twitch’s upcoming marathon begins Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. and will run through Sept. 3. It will feature every episode available from the series’ original run, most of which have not been aired in more than a decade. Geek & Sundry’s Erika Ishi.

Starcade was hosted by Mark Richards and Geoff Edwards.  It was created through a partnership between James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur and produced by JM Production Company.

Audiences can see a trailer for the upcoming marathon online now here.

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Shout! Factory TV Announces April Streaming Schedule

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Shout! Factory has released the April streaming schedule for its free online streaming service Shout! Factory TV.  The Dick Cavett Show and Backlot are spotlighted this month.

This month Shout! Factory TV will be streaming ten episodes of The Dick Cavett Show.  This month’s selection of episodes is pulled entirely from the 1990s.  It featured guests  from around the world of stand-up comedy in honor of Cavett’s own stand-up roots.  Among this month’s list of guests are: Conan O’Brien, George Carlin, Richard Lewis, Dennis Miller, Steve Martin, and others.  This month’s complete list of Dick Cavett Show episodes is noted below.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Steve Martin (1992)  

Steve Martin, comedian and actor known for films such as Bowfinger and The Jerk, is interviewed by Dick Cavett.


The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Conan O’Brien (1995)

Dick Cavett interviews legendary talk show host, Conan O’Brien.


The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Chris Elliott (1994)

Dick Cavett interviews comedian Chris Elliot, a man known for his late-night comedic sketches on Late Night with David Letterman.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Jon Lovitz (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews Jon Lovitz, actor comedian and singer, best known for his role on SNL.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: George Carlin (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews the late comedian George Carlin, a man known for his outspoken stand-up comedy, thoughts on politics, religion and other various taboo subjects.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Richard Lewis (1990)

Dick Cavett interviews Richard Lewis, American comedian and actor.


The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Dennis Leary (1991)

Dick Cavett interviews Dennis Leary, comedian and former star actor of the show, Rescue Me.


The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Phil Hartman (1991)

Late Canadian-American SNL actor and comedian Phil Hartman, is a guest on this episode of The Dick Cavett Show.


The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Dennis Miller (1992)

Dick Cavett’s guest for this episode is Dennis Miller, stand-up comedian, talk show host, actor and commentator.


The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Bobcat Goldthwait (1992)

Bobcat Goldthwait, actor, comedian, filmmaker and voice artist is interviewed by Dick Cavett.

Also back this month is its exclusive series Backlot.  The series examines some of the most beloved cult favorite films and TV series.  It is hosted by Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward and features interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, and a whole bunch more from those fan favorites.  In one of this month’s episodes of Backlot, Ward sits down with Paul Feig (Ghostbusters, Spy, Bridesmaids) and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, This is 40, Pineapple Express) to discuss their work on the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks.  Shout! Factory recently re-issued the series on Blu-ray.   Along with his recent big screen work, Feig was the creator of Freaks and Geeks.  Apatow served as the series’ executive producer.   In another episode of Backlot Ward takes a look back at the 1961 King Kong spinoff Gorgo.  He will delve into how the Gorgo suit was created, the problem of putting a monster in Paris, and even how it was handled by the crew of the Satellite of Love in none other than Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Speaking of that series, Shout! Factory TV also has two classic episodes of MST3K streaming this month.  One of those episodes features Gorgo.  The other focuses on another so bad that it’s great movie in the form of the 1983 Canadian made-for-television movie Overdrawn at the Memory Bank.  The full list of MST3K episodes being streamed this month is noted below.

MST3K: Gorgo

Mike and the ‘bots gorge on Gorgo (1961), a maudlin monster mess featuring two giant mother-and-son lizards and a Samuel Beckett lookalike. Leonard Maltin shows up to hawk his movie guide, which inexplicably praises the film.

MST3K: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

A weather tech’s mind gets trapped in a computer and Pearl establishes her own public television pledge program.

Along with the latest episodes of The Dick Cavett Show, Backlot, and MST3K being streamed this month, Shout! Factory TV is also streaming the series and movies listed below.


Other notable series and movies also streaming on Shout! Factory TV now include:



·         CHICAGO CAB


·         ONE DOWN TWO TO GO

·         ROCK, ROCK, ROCK!



·         CONVICT 762



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Shout! Factory TV To Stream MST3K Marathon On Thanksgiving

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Shout! Factory TV has a special treat for all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans out there.

Next Thursday, November 26th, Shout! Factory TV will present a Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon. The marathon begins at 12pm ET/9 PT and will feature six full-length episodes of the cult classic series hand picked by series creator Joel Hodgson. It can be viewed online at Hodgson himself will even be interacting with audiences throughout the course of the marathon, reading fan mail submissions just as he did with the show’s original broadcasts. Fans can also share their own riffs, jokes and MST3K memories with Hodgson and other fans of the classic series throughout the marathon. Fans can submit their letters, drawings, jokes, riffs, and even songs for the marathon to before Wednesday, November 25th at 5pm ET if they want them to be read and presented. While they are taking in all of the jokes, gags and movies so bad that they’re great, fans can also help bring back MST3K by contributing to Hodgson’s Kickstarter campaign, which is currently raising the money to finance a full 12-episode season. Fans can donate to the campaign at

Since launching last Tuesday, November 10th, the “Bring Back MST3K” Kickstarter campaign has already raised $more than $2.3 million of its needed $5.5 million (and probably more than that by the time that this article is posted). That is roughly half of the needed funds. The deadline to raise the required money to produce the twelve-episode season is Friday, December 11th. All of the latest updates on the campaign are available online at:



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Shout! Factory TV Hosting Kaiju Monster Movie Marathon This Weekend

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Shout! Factory TV and Famous Monsters of Filmland have teamed up for a very special event this weekend.

This Saturday, July 18th, Shout! Factory TV and Famous Monsters of Filmland will present a twenty-four hour Kaiju movie marathon. The livestream will run from midnight to midnight (EST) July 18th – 19th online at and on Pluto TV on channel 427 as well as on various mobile platforms. It will be hosted by Kaiju expert August Ragone and will feature no fewer than nine classic Godzilla movies. It will also feature fan favorite episodes of Ultra Seven and Ultra Q. Ragone, the two-time Rondo Award-winning author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, will offer a complete, in-depth introduction to each of the marathon’s movies. Ragone has commented on Japanese film and culture on a variety of mediums and at countless live events for more than three decades.

The complete listing and schedule for this weekend’s marathon is listed below.



Godzilla: The Uncut Japanese Original (1954)

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.


Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1954)

A 400-foot dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.


Rodan (1956)

Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.


Mothra Vs. Godzilla (1964)

A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.


Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964)

After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.


Monster Zero (1965)

Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.


Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla’s son, who is also having bully troubles.


Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth’s cities.


ULTRA Q – 8 fan favorite episodes

“For the next 30 minutes, your eyes will leave your body and arrive in this strange moment in time…” In the world of Ultra Q, the very fabric of nature is warped into a state of unbalance, and all manner of strange phenomenon, and unearthly creatures, threaten the very future of mankind! On the scene are a world-renown scientist and his young friends—a girl photojournalist, an aviator, and his co-pilot—who investigate these supernatural menaces. When sheer military might is futile, the intrepid trio comes to the rescue, armed solely with their ingenuity, and scientific prowess, to quell these malevolent forces and restore the balance of nature.

The precursor to Ultraman, Ultra Q is a seminal science-fantasy television series in the monstrous mold of The Outer Limits and The X Files, which is deeply ingrained in the psyche of Japanese pop culture as The Twilight Zone is to America. Eiji Tsuburaya, the visual effects wizard behind Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra, creates a spectacular cavalcade of bizarre beasts and mass mayhem in each and every episode of this wildly popular series. Never before broadcast in the North America, Ultra Q stars Kenji Sahara (Rodan), Hiroko Sakurai (Ultraman), Yasuhiko Saijo (Destroy All Monsters), and is now available on Shout! Factory TV.


ULTRA SEVEN– 8 fan favorite episodes

The Earth is in danger! Even now, fiendish hands are stretching out from the distant stars to seize the world…From their massive underground complex near Mt. Fuji, the Ultra Guard, an elite unit of the Terrestrial Defense Force, equipped with a squadron of Ultra Hawks, stands vigilant as our decisive first-line to combat the myriad of alien aggressors, who threaten the very existence of our planet. But, unbeknownst to his fellow teammates, Dan Moroboshi, is secretly an extraterrestrial aiding them in their fight to preserve the future of humanity — considered the “7th member” of the Ultra Guard — better known as “Ultra Seven!”

Produced by the creative team behind Ultraman, Ultra Seven is the third entry in the “Ultra Series,” and is arguably the best of the long-running franchise, with its emphasis on science fiction and themes touching on subjects ranging from the cruelty of war to social and racial injustices in the grand tradition of Star Trek and The Outer Limits. Plus, Ultra Seven features the colossal monsters and spectacular visual effects viewers expect from the men who brought Godzilla to life!


Schedule of Films*

12:00 a.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)

1:45 a.m. – Ultra Q episodes

5:15 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes

6:30 a.m. – Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954)

8:15 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes

9:00 a.m. – Rodan (1956)

10:30 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes

11:15 a.m. – Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

12:45 p.m. – Ultra Seven episodes

1:30 p.m. – Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

3:15 p.m. – Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

5:00 p.m. – Monster Zero (1965)

6:45 p.m. – Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

8:15 p.m. – Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

10:00 p.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)

11:45 p.m. – Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

1:15 a.m. – Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

3:00 a.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)

*Times listed are Eastern time, approximate and subject to change.

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