Johnny Mack Brown. August 1945.
Bill Elliott at his Malibu Colony beach home in 1947 with his wife Helen
Partial cast and crew for the Hopalong Cassidy western “Bar 20” (‘43). That's Hoppy with leading lady Dustine Farnum (daughter of Dustin Farnum) and of course Andy Clyde kneeling in front. Rest of the group is unidentified. Can anyone help with any IDs?
Buck Jones has a little poolside fun with leading lady Ruth Coleman between takes of “Headin’East” (‘37).
Clint Walker and Sally Fraser clown around on the set of “Cheyenne: The Trap” (‘56).
A rare photo of Clarence “Fat” Jones (left) at his Hollywood horse stables on Sherman Way in North Hollywood. Jones founded the stable originally in Edendale (now Silverlake) in 1912 and rented horses to movie companies for 51 years. (Photo courtesy Kenneth Kitchen.)
A view of Ace Hudkins’stables near Warner Bros. Hudkins brothers began renting horses to film companies in the late ‘30s.
Robert Livingston and Starlight practice a bow. (Thanx to Bobby Copeland.)
Light Heavyweight boxing champion Billy Conn, known as The Pittburgh Kid, lets Neil Hamilton, Sammy Baugh and Gabby Hayes take a look as his strong right hand during the making of the Republic serial “King of the Texas Rangers” in July 1941.
Monkeying around on the “Judge Roy Bean” set during the filming of the “Citizen Romeo” episode regarding a organ grinder’s monkey are (L-R) Edgar Buchanan as Judge Roy Bean, Jackie Loughery as Letty Bean, Jack Beutel as Jeff Taggard and producer Russell Hayden (who often played Texas Ranger Steve).
(L-R) Clint Walker (“Cheyenne”), Richard Simmons (“Sgt. Preston”), Walt Disney (in center holding small case), Tom Tryon (“Texas John Slaughter”), Henry Calvin (Sgt. Garcia on “Zorro”), Edd Byrnes (“77 Sunset Strip”), Hugh O’Brian (“Wyatt Earp”). Not sure of the event, but judging from The Shaggy Dog obviously a 1959 promotion for the Disney movie.
Legendary Captain Frank Hamer of the Texas Rangers and Roy Rogers examine a pistol at Roy’s home. Hamer and others ambushed the notorious Bonnie and Clyde near Gibsland, LA, on May 23, 1934.
William S. Hart and Fritz, March 1924.
Five year old Randy Cooper of Albuquerque covers Steve McQueen of “Wanted Dead or Alive” with McQueen’s own “mare’s laig” (a cut down version of a Model 92 Winchester 44-40 rifle). McQueen was appearing at the New Mexico State Fair in October 1959. Cooper presented McQueen with a western bolo tie with a big chuck of turquoise on the slider.
One of the top silent screen cowboys, Art Acord, at home with his dog. Circa late ‘20s.
Tom Mix and Emmett Dalton of the outlaw Dalton Brothers. Inscription reads: “Dear Tom, If you were to ask me to say a prayer, I would pray that Hell be no hotter for you than for me.”
Gene Autry and Jimmy (Tagg Oakley of “Annie Oakley”) Hawkins are greeted by C. A. “Frenchy” Paquin (right) as they arrive in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, on August 16, 1958 for a show at Pullar Stadium. (Photo courtesy Jimmy Hawkins.)
Patti Page and Rex Allen recording “Broken Down Merry-Go-Round” for Mercury Records in 1950.
Monte Hale and badman Pierce Lyden pose for a moment at a Palm Springs event.
Hoot Gibson steps before a microphone in the mid ‘40s.
Will (“Sugarfoot”) Hutchins watches as Clint (“Cheyenne”) Walker works out in the Warner Bros. gym.
Silent screen and early talkie actress Barbara Kent
The later cast of “Wagon Train” gather around Frank McGrath’s Wooster-Wagon on the Universal back lot. (L-R) Michael Burns, Robert Fuller, John McIntire, Frank McGrath (as Charlie Wooster) and Terry Wilson. You probably can’t read them in this photo but the wagon tarp is covered with autographs.
Charles Starrett and Delmar Watson discuss their scenes in an offscreen moment from “Outlaws of the Prairie” (‘37 Columbia). This Starrett film contains the most bloodthirsty, brutal scene in B-western history. Excruciating to watch, it’s amazing the scene made it past the censors. Two outlaws (Lambert Rogers, Dick Alexander) shoot and kill Starrett’s father while he watches as a young boy (Delmar Watson). He wings one of them in the arm with his rifle, then Rogers viciously cuts two fingers off the boy’s right hand with a hunting knife while the boy screams in pain. Rogers literally adds insult to injury and kicks the devastated boy leaving him crying and screaming in pain. Full grown, now a Texas Ranger, Starrett searches the West for the killer and
(L-R) Roy Rogers, Patsy Montana and Republican Governor of Illinois from 1941-1948 Dwight H. Green. Roy was guesting on the WLS National Barn Dance when this picture was taken.
And now, to wind this page up, let’s enjoy the pause that refreshes as Tim McCoy sips a Coke during a break from the filming of “Fighting Shadows” (‘35 Columbia).