Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys ! ! ! ! !
Everywhere you looked in the 30's. 40's, 50's and early 60's, you found Cowboys.
When Television first came to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada it was about 1954.
We only had one channel and that was The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Every Saturday morning for a least the next 10 years we had a program called
note: CBWT Winnipeg went on the air May 31st, 1954
What this was is, the one hour "B" Westerns that some of you may
have gone to your Saturday afternoon matinee's to see, such greats as :
Tom Mix (& Tony) The
Three Mesquiteers Roy Roger's (&Trigger)
Tim Holt Buck Jones Lash LaRue Monte Hale Alan Rocky Lane
"Wild" Bill Elliot (The Red Ryder) Tex Ritter Johnny Mack Brown
Ken Maynard (& Tarzan) Kermit Maynard Bob Steele Gene Autry
Brace Beemer on his great horse "Silver".
With the huge success of the radio
it wasn't long before Republic Pictures released
"THE LONE RANGER" in 1938, as a 15 chapter serial.
Republic's promotion wanted the man behind the mask to be a mystery man,
although they gave the public five possible choices who were from the top :
George Letz (later Montgomery), Lee Powell, Herman Brix (Bruce Bennett)
Hal Taliaferro (formerly Wally Wales) and Lane Chandler.
Lee Powell was actually the man behind the mask, but was in legal hot water
every time he tried to disclose that fact.
By the time THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN
(1939) was filmed,
Lee Powell was gone and the part went to Bob Livingston,
and this time there was no attempt to hide who was behind the mask.
This was another hugely successful serial.
Tonto was played in both serials by Chief Thundercloud. (Victor Daniels)
Bob Livingston as "The Masked Man"
Bob Livingston takes a break w. the camera crew filming
"UNDER TEXAS SKIES" (1940).
Did You Know That
Stony Brooke in the
Three Mesquiteers Series.
LAW OF THE .45 (1935)
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams as Tucson "Two-Gun" Smith
and Al St. John as Stony Martin
LAW OF THE .45 (1935)
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams & Al St. John
POWDERSMOKE RANGE (1935)
Harry Carey Sr. as Tucson Smith, Hoot Gibson as Stony Brooke,
and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams as Lullaby Joslin.
Also in the cast were two future Mesquiteers - Bob Steele and Tom Tyler.
TOO MUCH BEEF (1936)
REX BELL as Johnny Argyle alias Tucson Smith.
There was no trio, just Tucson going it alone in this MacDonald based story.
Rex Bell would serve as the Lt. Governor for the
State of Nevada from 1954 until his death in 1962.
His wife was the famous Clara Bow.
Syd Saylor was in the first trio story with Ray and Bob
as "Lullaby Joslin", in THE THREE MESQUITEERS" (1936).
He was replaced by Max Terhune, in the very next outing of this wonderful trio.
Ray, Max & Bob
Max, John & Ray
Rufe, Bob & Bob Duncan, Bob & Ray
Tom, Jim & Bob
Ray "Crash" Corrigan
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Mesquiteers" Movie List
I never knew William Boyd from going to the movies,
but I do remember watching
"Hopalong Cassidy Theatre" which was presented by one of our local channels.
Boyd with baddie Boyd with James Ellison
A scene from IN OLD MEXICO (1938)
Sidekicks Russel Hayden and Rand Brooks.
Over the years Hoppy's lovin' and fightin' sidekicks
were played by
James Ellison, Russel Hayden, George Reeves,
Brad King, Jay Kirby, Jimmy Rogers & Rand Brooks
Hoppy's comical sidekicks were played predominately
George "Gabby" Hayes as "Windy"
Andy Clyde as "California"
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