Here’s a cool AP photo from 1951, chronicling Jane Russell’s tub scene in Son Of Paleface (1952). Click it and it gets bigger.
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November 5, 1905 - October 20, 1990
(October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001)
Let’s remember Dale Evans, Queen Of The West, on her birthday.
The story goes that she wrote the lyrics to “Happy Trails” on an envelope and taught it to Roy and the Sons Of The Pioneers just minutes before a 1950 radio broadcast. I sure hope that’s how it happened.
50 Westerns From The 50s turned four years old on October 1. Digging around for something to post, this photo of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans seemed like the way to go. (That’s not me in the lower right.) This blog’s seen more than 700,000 hits over that four years, and I want to thank you all for each and every one of them.
On a only slightly related note, yesterday was Beverly Garland’s birthday — with Roy’s coming up in a few weeks.
Of the hundreds of photos that have appeared on this blog, this may be my favorite (there’s a color one from The Horse Soldiers, with John Wayne standing beneath trees filled with Spanish moss, that comes close).
Here you have Roy Rogers and Dale Evans visiting with some little league players with Chilly Willy on their uniforms. With baseball going into the All-Star break, this seemed like a good time to share it.
Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope
(May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003)
He’s not a cowboy star. But his Son Of Paleface (1952) — directed by Frank Tashlin and co-starring Jane Russell and Roy Rogers (and Trigger, seen here) — is not only one of the best Western spoofs, but I’d hold it up as a strong contender for Funniest Movie Ever Made.
Bob Hope would be 110 today. And while most of those TV specials are wretched, his movies of the 40s and 50s are terrific and ripe for re-evaluation. OK, now I gotta watch Son Of Paleface.
All this debate about colorization and Shane in 1.66 is making me tired.
So here’s a picture of Eddie Arnold, Roy Rogers and Audie Murphy. We believe it’s from a 1959 episode of The Chevy Show. Eddy Arnold and Audie Murphy were Roy and Dale’s guests. A quick check shows that a copy sits in the Library Of Congress.
Thanks to Mike Richards for sorting this out.
Posted in 1952, 1954, 1956, 1959, Barbara Stanwyck, Howard Hawks, John Sturges, Kirk Douglas, Making Movies, Mara Corday, Republic, Rex Allen, Richard Widmark, Robert Mitchum, Ronald Reagan, Roy Rogers on February 25, 2013 | 7 Comments »
Rex Allen and Roy Rogers, somewhere on the Republic lot.
Mara Corday studies the Raw Edge (1956) screenplay.
Donna Reed and Richard Widmark at work on Backlash (1956). That’s John Sturges obscured in the ball cap.
Howard Hawks shows Kirk Douglas how to do a fight scene for The Big Sky (1952).
Ronald Reagan and Barbara Stanwyck discuss the arms situation on the set of Cattle Queen Of Montana (1954).
Satchel Paige and Robert Mitchum shoot the breeze between takes on The Wonderful Country (1959).
(February 19, 1913 – May 5, 1972)
Today would’ve been writer-director-genius Frank Tashlin’s 100th birthday. Here he is (second from right) on the set of Son Of Paleface (1952) with Jane Russell, Cecil B. DeMille (who has a cameo in this scene) and Bob Hope.
A number of people have written in to say they don’t like comedy Westerns (or is it Western comedies?). But every so often, I have to pay tribute to this film. It’s hysterically funny, Roy Rogers is terrific in it, and Ivan likes it as much as I do. One of my favorites.
(November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998)
Today is Roy Rogers’ birthday (he would’ve been 101), and I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the King Of The Cowboys than with this button — and a reminder to get out and vote tomorrow.
May the good Lord take a likin’ to ya.