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During the later years in his life, Jock took to wearing a full beard but his handsome features still shown thru. The ladies at the Sarasota School of Performing Arts loved him! I was impressed at how well he was received by young students who were in diapers when he played TARZAN. The beard, he…

Jock Mahoney

Currently on Saturdays on Turner Classic Movies, they are running the TARZAN movies one each week. Recently they showed TARZAN GOES TO INDIA and that got me to thinking about the film’s star, JOCK MAHONEY, whom I met back in 1980. Jocko was coming to Florida to appear at the Sarasota School of Performing Arts.…

Western Profiles: John Wayne

Born in 1907, John Wayne started his life as Marion Michael Morrison. His dramatic ability was first hailed by critics when producer/director John Ford picked him for the leading role in his Academy-Award-winning film, Stagecoach. John Wayne didn’t win an Academy Award for that film, but much later in his career, 1969, he did win…

Charles Starrett had been making Westerns for Columbia Pictures since 1935 and was consistently listed among Billboard‘s top ten Western stars. He was 6 ‘ 2″, 180 pounds, athletic, considered “the most handsome Western star,” and was a good actor to boot. In 1940, he was starred in what was assumed to be just another…

Western Profiles: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

The things that made Roy Rogers a pop culture icon in the 1950’s died long before he did. Our heroes are no longer cowboys. And no one makes a pitch for clean living anymore. And a yodeling straight-shooter dressed in frills and rhinestones (a trademark from his rodeo days) would be hopelessly out of place…

Westerm Profiles: Tom Mix

When you think of the American cowboy, a certain image springs to mind. You picture a stalwart, clean living hero astride a noble horse who is always ready to right wrongs and champion the cause of justice. Such westerners may have populated the real West but most likely the abovementioned description owes its existence to……

Western Profiles: Lash LaRue

He looked more like a gangster than a cowboy hero. He wore an all black outfit and had his Stetson cocked slightly to the side. His main weapon was an 18-foot bullwhip coiled at his holster. This was Lash LaRue, and he projected quite a different screen image than that of his contemporaries. In fact,…

ALLAN “ROCKY” LANE was a handsome leading man in the 1930’s. He had a great voice and made all types of films before switching to Westerns in the 1940’s. He became a serial star at Republic Pictures in KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED (1940) and followed that with KING OF THE MOUNTIES (1942), DAREDEVILS OF…

Tune in your television set on any Saturday afternoon and you might find some of your favorite cowboy stars. Republic Films brought these roughriders into the hearts of millions of Western fans. Monte Hale can be remembered as “Man From Rainbow Valley,” the “Prince of the Plains,” “The Outcast of the Trail,” keeper of the “Law…

Western Profiles: Gene Autry

The famous and popular Gene Autry was born on a ranch on September 29, 1907 in Tioga, Texas. While working as a railroad telegrapher in 1928, Will Rogers heard Gene sing and advised him to try the entertainment business. It was very good advice. He purchased a mail order guitar for $5.00 and became Hollywood’s…