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Gene Autry's Cowboy Code

Updated October 23, 2017

Gene Autry's movies, radio dramas, television episodes, and comic books always had storylines with Gene Autry doing the right thing or helping folks make the right choices in tough situations. In the late 1940s a formal code of ethics immerged and was known by his fans as "Gene Autry's Cowboy Code" or the "Cowboy Commandments."


The Cowboy Code
Updated September 29, 2017

Author Holly George-Warren researched the origins of Gene Autry's Cowboy Code and wrote about it in her award winning book Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry. Gene's Ten Cowboy Commandments began to evolve from such Autry-related publicity as the item "Nine Cardinal Rules Govern Production of All Autry Films," which ran in the 1949 press book for Riders in the Sky. Read More

Gene Autry's Cowboy Code on Facebook
Posted September 29, 2017

America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry was born on September 29, 1907 and we think it is worth celebrating every year. Gene Autry Entertainment counted down the days to his 110th birthday on the Gene Autry Official Facebook page by posting a daily line from Gene Autry's Cowboy Code. Read More

"How to Be a Cowboy and a Man"
Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show

Posted October 23, 2017

Listen to Gene Autry recite the earliest presentation of what would become his Cowboy Code from his August 17, 1947 "Melody Ranch" radio show in a special YouTube Clip. Watch Here

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Updated October 23, 2017

"Gene Autry's Cowboy Code" related merchandise can be purchased from the Autry Museum Store. Read More

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