Cowboy in Clover

To his fans, Movie Star Gene Autry is a far-from-rich but happy-go-lucky cowboy who spends most of his time tracking down sharp-dealing businessmen to their dude-ranch lairs. Few of them know that the big star of modern Westerns is also one of the busiest businessmen in the West.

Three weeks ago Autry signed a new contract to star in Madison Square Garden's rodeo, which annually draws one of New York's biggest gates. He will get a salary of $1,500 a day for a 33-day run as a performer, a handsome share of the profits as owner of 25% of the...

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