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Roy Rogers greets Greenwood, IN, fan Jim Kocher at the Rogers Museum in Victorville, California. (Photo courtesy Grady Franklin.)

Director Robert Siodomak and star Kelo Henderson look over the script for the European made "Pyramid of the Sun God" ('65) with Kelo and Lex Barker. German actor Ralf Walter peers over their shoulders.

Director Robert Siodmak and star Kelo Henderson look over the script for the European made "Pyramid of the Sun God" ('65) with Kelo and Lex Barker. German actor Ralf Walter peers over their shoulders.

Husband and wife Jan Clayton (L) and Russell Hayden (R) put a six-gun hold on Jan's real-life father O. M. "Jack" Voyde (center) during a simulated western desperado day in Alamagordo, New Mexico, just a few miles from Jan's hometown of Tularosa.

Husband and wife Jan Clayton (L) and Russell Hayden (R) put a six-gun hold on Jan's real-life father O. M. "Jack" Voyde (center) during a simulated western desperado day in Alamagordo, New Mexico, just a few miles from Jan's hometown of Tularosa.

Buck Jones with his wife Dell and daughter maxine in front of their California home.

Buck Jones with his wife Dell, daughter Maxine and German Shepherd Fritz in front of their California home. (Thanx to Julie Jett for Fritz’s name.)

Quite a gathering! (L-R) Jimmy Wakely, Jimmy's oft-times film stuntman Wayne Burson, actor Ted French, director Oliver Drake, Johnny Bond, Bob Nolan of the Sons of the Pioneers. Taken November 1975 at Jimmy's home.

Clayton Moore—The Lone Ranger—signed his autobiography I WAS THAT MASKED MAN for collector Vince Guerriero at the North Hollywood Bookstar in November 1996.

Tex Ritter walks on stage during one of his personal appearance tours circa mid ‘40s.

Rand Brooks (Lucky in the later Hopalong Cassidy U.A. westerns) when he was in charge of the Wild West after show section of the Clyde Beatty Railroad Circus in the Spring of ‘51. Ben Pitti did a knife throwing act, Rand and Ben did trick roping and a whip act while Don and Hope McLennan and Barbara and Sylvester Braun were also in the show. Rand and Ben received movie offers so the show only lasted in the L.A. area and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. (Thanks to Sylvester Braun.)

Olton, Texas, gradeschool photo with Republic star-to-be Sunset Carson. He's the tall curley-headed one in the top row. (Thanks to Noble Burns, Sue Cannon.)

What might have been. This page is from a 1930-1931 Fox Movies product announcement brochure. Why these two Wayne pictures were never made is anybody's guess. (Thanx to Les Adams.)

Babe Ruth with Roy Rogers.

Baseball great Babe Ruth and western movie great Roy Rogers. (Thanx to Bobby Copeland.)

 

Charles Starrett in straw hat. Charles Starrett-smoking.

Two rare and unusual photos of Charles Starrett, circa late '30s. (Thanx to Bobby Copeland.)

On June 8, 1958, NBC's 90 minute Sunday afternoon "Wide Wide World", narrated by Dave Garroway, paid tribute to "The Western." To trace the evolution of the western, a host of movie and TV western stars gathered for filming of the documentary at Gene Autry's Melody Ranch where this historic photo was taken and appeared in TV GUIDE November 8-14, 1958.

On June 8, 1958, NBC's 90 minute Sunday afternoon "Wide Wide World", narrated by Dave Garroway, paid tribute to "The Western." To trace the evolution of the western, a host of movie and TV western stars gathered for filming of the documentary at Gene Autry's Melody Ranch where this historic photo was taken and appeared in TV GUIDE November 8-14, 1958.
(L-R) Gene Autry, James Arness, Jackie Loughery (Letty Bean on "Judge Roy Bean"), Jack Kelly, Big John Hamilton (played Fauntleroy Sage in "McLintock"), John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Chuck Roberson (on horseback above Brennan), unknown, Chill Wills, Gail Davis (ponytail), George Gabby Hayes, Maria Schell.
The ad below for the show appeared in TV GUIDE.

These three photos were taken by Grady Franklin at the 1989 Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade. The theme was The West. The event precedes the big race which is held annually on or near Memorial Day.

Gene Autry was Grand Marshal for the parade.

Gene Autry was Grand Marshal for the parade.

James "Maverick" Garner.

James "Maverick" Garner.

Joanne and Monte Hale beside an Indy 500 official.

Joanne and Monte Hale beside an Indy 500 official.

On location for "Saskatchewan" in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, are Alan Ladd (center) and director Raoul Walsh (right). Man on the left is unidentified. (Thanks to Tim Lasiuta.)

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Roy Rogers teaches his son, eight year old Roy Rogers Jr. ("Dusty"), how to use a bow and arrow for an episode of Roy's TV series, "Three Masked Men" which aired on NBC 12/18/55.

Roy Rogers teaches his son, eight year old Roy Rogers Jr. ("Dusty"), how to use a bow and arrow for an episode of Roy's TV series, "Three Masked Men", which aired on NBC 12/18/55.

Director John Ford consults with "Wagon Train's" Ward Bond on the cover of TV GUIDE.

The "Wagon Train" halts while director John Ford consults with Ward Bond. Frank McGrath and Carleton Young are in the wagon. "The Colter Craven Story" is the only episode of "Wagon Train" Ford directed. (Photo from TV GUIDE 11/19/60.)

Dale Robertson handles a phone call from his "Tales of Wells Fargo" office at Revue Studios.

Dale Robertson handles a phone call from his "Tales of Wells Fargo" office at Revue Studios. Robertson decorated the office to suit his own taste in mid-Victorian and the late 19th century when the west was being won, combined with early San Francisco where Wells Fargo was headquartered. The prominent horn chair was made in 1861 and was part of Dale's collection of horn furniture. (Photo from a double page spread in TV GUIDE 4/21/62.)

In Albuquerque, NM, for the annual Route 66 Convention in March 1939, Monte Blue (left) and Charles Starrett (right) indulbed in a little impromtu Highland Fling before startled but amused crowds.

In Albuquerque, NM, for the annual Route 66 Convention in March 1939, Monte Blue (left) and Charles Starrett (right) indulged in a little impromtu Highland Fling before startled but amused crowds. Capt. E. G. Fry (center) was the leader of the famed Oklahoma City Kitlie Girls Band.

Ray "Crash" Corrigan gets the drop on an outlaw during a live show at Corriganville, circa 1955. Max Terhune (right in white shirt) and Chief Thunder Cloud (far right) hold other outlaws at bay.

Ray "Crash" Corrigan gets the drop on an outlaw during a live show at Corriganville, circa 1955. Max Terhune (right in white shirt) and Chief Thunder Cloud (far right) hold other outlaws at bay. (Thanx to Vince Guerriero.)

Leo Carrillo as Pancho, comic Vince Barnett, and Duncan Renaldo (The Cisco Kid) pose in 1954 at St. Catherine's Military Academy in Anaheim, CA.

Leo Carrillo as Pancho, comic Vince Barnett, and Duncan Renaldo (The Cisco Kid) pose in 1954 at St. Catherine's Military Academy in Anaheim, CA. (Thanx to Vince Guerriero.)

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