Roy Rogers

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      Date of birth (location)
      5 November 1911
      Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

      Date of death (details)
      6 July 1998
      Apple Valley, California, USA. (congestive heart failure)

      Sometimes Credited As:
      King of the Cowboys / Roy Rogers and Dale Evans / Len Slye / Leonard Slye / Roy Rogers and Trigger / Dick Weston

      Birth name
      Leonard Franklin Slye

      King of the West
      King of the Cowboys

      Dale Evans (31 December 1947 - 6 July 1998) (his death)
      Arline Wilkins (14 June 1936 - 3 November 1946) (her death) 3 children
      Lucile Ascolese (8 May 1933 - 8 June 1936) (divorced)

      His dog's name was Bullet and appeared in almost as many of his films as did Trigger .

      Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 as a member of the 'Sons of the Pioneers' and elected again in 1988 as Roy Rogers.

      Nicknames: Roy Rogers "King of the Cowboys", Dale Evans "Queen of the West", Trigger "Smartest Horse in the Movies"

      There is a Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum at Branson, Missouri.

      Roy got his horse Trigger in 1938 and rode him in every one of his films and TV shows after that. He had appeared in one earlier movie, being ridden by Olivia de Havilland in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938). Trigger died in 1965 aged thirty-three.

      Roy's theme song, "Happy Trails", was written by Dale Evans.

      He had two children and 1 adopted daughter with Arlene Wilkins.

      He and Dale adopted 4 children. One of his and Dale's daughters died in a bus wreck in Aug. 1964. One adopted son choked to death in Nov. 1965.

      The little town of Portsmouth, Ohio (USA) also claims to be the hometown of Roy. They also have a little museum with mementoes and hoofprints of Trigger, handprints of Roy and Dusty in the sidewalk in front of the museum. Every year they had a Roy Rogers Day and Roy or Dusty would make an appearance.

      Once received 78,852 fan letters in a single month.

      Star of Mutual (1944-1951) and NBC Radio's (1951-1955) "The Roy Rogers Show."

      His guest-appearance on the Wonder Woman television series in 1977 reflected his real life as the character he played was a western man who had adopted several children. Roy's conservative side showed through though when he insisted with producers that in order for him to agree to do the episode series star Lynda Carter needed to wear more clothing than the 'bathing suit' she normally wore. Rogers won out and Lynda was obligated to wear a sleeved solid red top and white chino pants.

      Inducted (with his wife Dale Evans) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1976.

      Inducted (as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1995.

      When Leonard Slye needed a 'white hat' stage name, he chose to use the name of his childhood dentist from his Ohio hometown. The Dentist Roy Rodgers had a son and grandson who also share his name.

      Was a Master Mason. In other words, he a good man who became a member of the Masonic Fraternity.

      He was a firm believer in our 2nd Amendment Rights, and in fact appeared in TV commercials as an NRA spokesman, opposing a proposed gun ban in California.

      Once lived next door to actor Val Kilmer (when Val was a child). When Roy moved, the Kilmer's later moved into to his old ranch. Then, in 1999, Val led Trigger's grandson on stage at the 1999 Academy Awards in honor of Roy Rogers.

      Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 522-525. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

      When Leonard Slye needed a 'white hat' stage name, he chose to use the name of his childhood dentist from his Ohio hometown. The Dentist Roy Rogers had a son grandson, and great grandson who also share his name.

      Arline Wilkins, Roy's second wife, died a few days after giving birth to her and Roy's son, Roy Jr (Dusty). She had complications from the cesarean - and a blood clot formed and traveled to her brain and killed her. Dale Evans, Roy's third wife, became Roy's children's Mom when Dusty was 15 months old. He and Arline had three children, two girls and Dusty.
      Personal quotes

      "If there were no valleys of sadness and death, we could never really appreciate the sunshine of happiness on the mountain top."

      "When I die, just skin me out and put me up on old Trigger and I'll be happy."

      Under Western Stars (1938) $75/week

      Mini biography
      Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, aged 18. He played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws, and his own group, the International Cowboys. In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer called Sons of the Pioneers. While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye, then Dick Weston, and finally Roy Rogers. Their songs included "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". They first appeared in the western Rhythm on the Range (1936), starring Bing Crosby and Martha Raye. In 1937 Rogers went solo, and made his first starring film in 1938, Under Western Stars (1938). He made almost 100 films. "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951) ran on CBS from October 1951 through September 1964.
      IMDb mini-biography by
      Ed Stephan

      from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

      The "King of the Cowboys," a star of more than 90 feature-length Westerns and more than 100 half-hour TV shows, remains one of the most beloved figures in show business. A shy, unassuming man whose self-deprecating humor makes him even more appealing in person, Rogers was one of the few cowboy heroes who "crossed over" into mainstream Hollywood: His pictures played major-circuit theaters and he was among the movie industry's topgrossing stars for several years. Born into humble surroundings, he left Ohio in 1929 for California, where he worked as a transient fruit picker before forming a musical group, "The Rocky Mountaineers," with several friends. Evolving into "The Sons of the Pioneers," the group sang Western songs on radio and, beginning in 1935, in films-the Thelma Todd/Patsy Kelly short Slightly Static and a feature called The Old Homestead. In 1936, billed as Dick Weston, he appeared with the Sons in The Old Corral one of Gene Autry's musical Westerns, which put the newly formed Republic Pictures on the Hollywood map.

      When Autry went on strike for more money in 1938, Republic held auditions for a replacement, and Westonrechristened Roy Rogers-got the job. His first starring film, Under Western Stars (1938), was an instant smash, and an eyeopener to the Republic brass; although Autry was quick to compromise with studio management, Rogers was retained to star in a competing series. He made eight Westerns per season, playing historical figures in Billy the Kid Returns (1938), Young Buffalo Bill, Young Bill Hickok (both 1940), and Jesse James at Bay (1941), among others. He rode a magnificent palomino stallion initially named Golden Cloud (who'd carried Olivia de Havilland in The Adventures of Robin Hood but renamed Trigger for Roy's films, and was usually accompanied by grizzled sidekick George "Gabby" Hayes.

      After Autry went into the Army in 1942, the studio bought hit tunes and promoted bigger budgets for Rogers' vehicles, beginning with Heart of the Golden West (1942). Now backed up by his old friends, the Sons of the Pioneers, and given top production backing, Roy became the screen's top Western star and won the "King of the Cowboys" title. Roy's status was confirmed by a guest appearance (with Trigger) in the all-star Warner Bros. feature Hollywood Canteen (1944), and in the Walt Disney feature Melody Time (1948), in which he and the Sons of the Pioneers sang and told the story (animated by Disney) of "Pecos Bill." In the mid 1940s, the Rogers films eschewed traditional Western plot lines and action sequences in favor of elaborate musical presentations, reflecting Republic president Herbert Yates' infatuation with the Broadway production of "Oklahoma!"; The Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) first teamed Rogers with Dale Evans, then a feisty blonde who often played a "city gal" initially at odds with Roy. She appeared in many of his top 1940s pictures, including Lights of Old Santa Fe (also 1944), Don't Fence Me In (one of Roy's highest-grossing, and best-remembered, series Westerns), Along the Navajo Trail (both 1945), My Pal Trigger and Roll On, Texas Moon (both 1946). Roy, a widower, married Dale in 1947.

      By the late 1940s, a new production team had invigorated the series with color photography, more adult plot lines, and an almost sadistic emphasis on violent action. The Sons of the Pioneers left, and were replaced by Foy Willing's Riders of the Purple Sage. When Gabby Hayes departed in 1947, a succession of sidekicksincluding Andy Devine, Gordon Jones, and Pinky Lee-provided comedy relief. Roy's last Republic Western, Pals of the Golden West was released in 1951, and, aside from costarring with Bob Hope in Son of Paleface (1952)-and making a gag cameo in the comedian's Alias Jesse James (1959)-he confined most of his energies to his long-running TV show (1951-57), personal appearances, and recording career. Roy appeared in a moderndress Western, Mackintosh and T.J in 1975; it was a pleasant but decidedly unexciting "comeback" for the King of the Cowboys. Roy also lent his name to a chain of fast-food restaurants, eventually bought by the Marriott Corporation, and made frequent personal appearances at the openings. Open-heart surgery and other health problems curtailed his workload in the 1980s, but in 1987 he and Dale taped a series of reminiscences to introduce their old movies for cable TV, and in 1991 he was prevailed upon to record a new album, called "Tribute," which served as a valedictory for his career. He and Dale regularly welcome visitors to their homey museum in Victorville, California. Their joint autobiography, "The Story of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans: Happy Trails," was published in 1979.
      Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

      1. "Wonder Woman"
      ... aka The New Adventures of Wonder Woman (USA: new title)
      ... aka The New Original Wonder Woman (USA: first episodes title)
      - The Bushwhackers (1977) TV Episode .... J.P. Hadley
      2. Mackintosh and T.J. (1975) .... Mackintosh
      3. Saga of Sonora (1973) (TV)
      4. "The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show" (1962) TV Series .... Co-host (1962-63)
      5. "The Bell Telephone Hour"
      - Designs in Music (1961) TV Episode
      6. Alias Jesse James (1959) (uncredited) .... Roy Rogers
      7. "The Roy Rogers Show" .... Roy Rogers
      - Johnny Rover (1957) TV Episode .... Roy Rogers
      - Brady's Bonanza (1957) TV Episode .... Roy Rogers
      - Portrait of Murder (1957) TV Episode .... Roy Rogers
      - Accessory to Crime (1957) TV Episode .... Roy Rogers
      - High Stakes (1957) TV Episode .... Roy Rogers
      (95 more)
      8. Son of Paleface (1952) .... Roy Barton
      9. Pals of the Golden West (1951) .... Border Patrolman Roy Rogers
      10. South of Caliente (1951) .... Roy Rogers
      11. In Old Amarillo (1951) .... Roy Rogers
      12. Heart of the Rockies (1951) .... Roy Rogers
      13. Spoilers of the Plains (1951) .... Roy Rogers
      14. Trail of Robin Hood (1950) .... Roy Rogers
      15. North of the Great Divide (1950) .... Roy Rogers
      16. Sunset in the West (1950) .... Roy Rogers
      17. Trigger, Jr. (1950) .... Roy Rogers
      18. Twilight in the Sierras (1950) .... State Parole Officer Roy Rogers
      19. Bells of Coronado (1950) .... Roy Rogers
      20. The Golden Stallion (1949) .... Roy Rogers
      21. Down Dakota Way (1949) .... Roy Rogers
      22. Susanna Pass (1949) .... Roy Rogers
      23. The Far Frontier (1948) .... Roy Rogers
      24. Grand Canyon Trail (1948) .... Roy Rogers
      25. Night Time in Nevada (1948) .... Roy Rogers
      26. Eyes of Texas (1948) .... U.S. Marshal Roy Rogers
      27. Under California Stars (1948) .... Roy Rogers
      ... aka Under California Skies
      28. The Gay Ranchero (1948) .... Sheriff Roy Rogers
      29. Pecos Bill (1948) .... Roy Rogers
      30. On the Old Spanish Trail (1947) .... Roy Rogers
      31. Springtime in the Sierras (1947) .... Roy Rogers
      ... aka Song of the Sierra
      32. Bells of San Angelo (1947) .... Roy Rogers
      33. Apache Rose (1947) .... Roy Rogers
      34. Heldorado (1946) .... Nevada State Ranger Roy Rogers
      ... aka Helldorado
      35. Out California Way (1946) .... Roy Rogers
      36. Home in Oklahoma (1946) .... Roy Rogers
      37. Roll on Texas Moon (1946) .... Roy Rogers
      38. Under Nevada Skies (1946) .... Roy Rogers
      39. My Pal Trigger (1946) .... Roy Rogers
      40. Rainbow Over Texas (1946) .... Roy Rogers
      41. Song of Arizona (1946) .... Roy Rogers
      42. Don't Fence Me In (1945) .... Roy Rogers
      43. Sunset in El Dorado (1945) .... Roy Rogers
      44. Along the Navajo Trail (1945) .... Roy Rogers
      45. The Man from Oklahoma (1945) .... Roy Rogers
      46. Bells of Rosarita (1945) .... Roy Rogers
      47. Where Do We Go from Here? (1945) (scenes deleted)
      48. Utah (1945) .... Roy Rogers
      49. Hollywood Canteen (1944) (as Roy Rogers and Trigger) .... Roy Rogers
      50. Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944) .... Roy Rogers
      51. San Fernando Valley (1944) .... Roy Rogers
      52. Song of Nevada (1944) .... Roy Rogers
      53. The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944) .... Roy Rogers
      54. Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) .... Roy Rogers
      55. Hands Across the Border (1944) .... Roy Rogers
      56. The Man from Music Mountain (1943) .... Roy Rogers
      ... aka Texas Legionnaires
      57. Silver Spurs (1943) .... Roy Rogers
      58. Song of Texas (1943) .... Roy Rogers
      59. King of the Cowboys (1943) .... Roy Rogers
      60. Idaho (1943) .... Roy Rogers
      61. Ridin' Down the Canyon (1942) .... Roy Rogers
      62. Heart of the Golden West (1942) .... Roy Rogers
      63. Sunset Serenade (1942) .... Roy Rogers
      64. Sons of the Pioneers (1942) .... Roy Rogers
      65. Romance on the Range (1942) .... Roy Rogers
      66. Sunset on the Desert (1942) .... Roy Rogers & Deputy Bill Sloan
      67. South of Santa Fe (1942) .... Roy Rogers
      68. Man from Cheyenne (1942) .... Roy Rogers
      69. Red River Valley (1941) .... Roy Rogers
      70. Jesse James at Bay (1941) .... Jesse James/Clint Burns
      71. Bad Man of Deadwood (1941) .... Brett Starr aka Bill Brady
      72. Nevada City (1941) .... Jeff Connors
      73. Sheriff of Tombstone (1941) .... Brett Starr
      74. In Old Cheyenne (1941) .... Steve Blane
      75. Arkansas Judge (1941) .... Tom Martel
      ... aka False Witness (UK)
      76. Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941) .... Vance Corbin
      77. The Border Legion (1940) .... Dr. Stephen Kellogg, aka Steve Kells
      ... aka West of the Badlands (USA: TV title)
      78. Young Bill Hickok (1940) .... 'Wild' Bill Hickok
      79. Colorado (1940) .... Lieutenant Jerry Burke
      80. The Ranger and the Lady (1940) .... Texas Ranger Captain Roy Colt
      81. The Carson City Kid (1940) .... The Carson City Kid
      82. Young Buffalo Bill (1940) .... Bill Cody
      83. Dark Command (1940) .... Fletcher 'Fletch' McCloud
      84. Days of Jesse James (1939) .... Roy Rogers
      85. Saga of Death Valley (1939) .... Roy Rogers
      86. Jeepers Creepers (1939/I) .... Roy
      ... aka Money Isn't Everything (UK)
      87. The Arizona Kid (1939) .... Roy Rogers/The Arizona Kid
      88. Wall Street Cowboy (1939) .... Rancher Roy Rogers
      89. In Old Caliente (1939) .... Roy Rogers
      90. Frontier Pony Express (1939) .... Pony Express Rider Roy Rogers
      91. Southward Ho (1939) .... Roy
      92. Rough Riders' Round-up (1939) .... Roy Rogers
      93. Shine On, Harvest Moon (1938) .... Roy Rogers
      94. Come On, Rangers (1938) .... Roy Rogers
      95. Billy the Kid Returns (1938) .... Roy Rogers/Billy the Kid
      96. Under Western Stars (1938) .... Roy Rogers
      97. The Old Barn Dance (1938) (as Dick Weston) .... Singer
      98. Wild Horse Rodeo (1937) (as Dick Weston) .... Singer
      99. The Old Wyoming Trail (1937) (uncredited) .... Guitar player/Singer/Cowhand Len
      100. The Old Corral (1936/I) (uncredited) .... Buck O'Keefe
      ... aka Texas Serenade (UK)
      101. The Big Show (1936) (uncredited) .... Sons of the Pioneers guitar player
      102. California Mail (1936) (uncredited) .... Square Dance Caller & Guitarist
      103. Rhythm on the Range (1936) (uncredited) .... Leonard (Sons of the Pioneers)
      104. Song of the Saddle (1936) (uncredited) .... Sons of the Pioneers Guitarist
      105. The Mysterious Avenger (1936) (as Len Slye) .... Musician Len
      106. Gallant Defender (1935) (uncredited) .... Nester (Sons of the Pioneers)
      107. Way Up Thar (1935) (as Leonard Slye) .... Band Member
      108. The Old Homestead (1935) (as Leonard Slye) .... Sons of the Pioneers
      109. Slightly Static (1935) (uncredited) .... Member of Sons of the Pioneers

      1. The Man from Rainbow Valley (1946) (uncredited)
      2. Romance on the Range (1942) (song "Rocky Mountain Lullaby")
      3. South of Santa Fe (1942) (song "South of Santa Fe")
      4. Young Bill Hickok (1940) (song "I'll Keep On Singin' A Song")
      5. Rough Riders' Round-up (1939) (song "Ridin' Down the Trail") (uncredited)
      6. Shine On, Harvest Moon (1938) (song "The Man in the Moon is a Cowhand") (uncredited)

      Miscellaneous Crew
      1. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (singer: "Jingle Bells")

      1. "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951) TV Series (executive producer)

      1. All My Friends Are Cowboys (1998) .... Himself
      2. Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys (1992) .... Himself
      3. "The Fall Guy"
      - King of the Cowboys (1984) TV Episode .... Himself
      - Happy Trails (1983) TV Episode .... Himself
      4. Cowboys of the Saturday Matinee (1984) (V)
      5. "Disneyland"
      ... aka Disney's Wonderful World (USA: new title)
      ... aka The Disney Sunday Movie (USA: new title)
      ... aka The Magical World of Disney (USA: new title)
      ... aka The Wonderful World of Disney (USA: new title)
      ... aka Walt Disney (USA: new title)
      ... aka Walt Disney Presents (USA: new title)
      ... aka Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (USA: new title)
      - Mickey's 50 (1978) TV Episode .... Himself
      - Disneyland, the Park/Pecos Bill (1957) TV Episode .... Himself
      6. "The Muppet Show"
      - Episode #3.22 (1978) TV Episode .... Himself
      7. "The Mike Douglas Show"
      - Episode dated 26 July 1977 (1977) TV Episode .... Himself
      8. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
      ... aka The Best of Carson (USA: rerun title)
      - Episode dated 24 September 1976 (1976) TV Episode .... Himself
      - Episode dated 29 June 1976 (1976) TV Episode .... Himself
      9. "The Hollywood Squares"
      - Episode dated 30 August 1976 (1976) TV Episode
      10. "Toast of the Town"
      ... aka The Ed Sullivan Show (new title)
      - Episode #23.27 (1970) TV Episode (as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans) .... Himself - Singer
      - Episode #23.15 (1970) TV Episode (as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans) .... Himself - Singer
      - Episode #6.2 (1952) TV Episode .... Himself
      11. "The Hollywood Palace"
      - Episode #7.15 (1970) TV Episode (as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans) .... Himself - Singer
      - Episode #7.5 (1969) TV Episode (as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans) .... Himself - Host/Singer
      - Episode #7.1 (1969) TV Episode .... Himself - Cameo
      - Episode #6.15 (1969) TV Episode .... Himself - Host/Singer
      - Episode #4.28 (1967) TV Episode (as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans) .... Himself - Singer
      (3 more)
      12. "Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters"
      - Episode dated 24 October 1969 (1969) TV Episode .... Himself
      13. "The Andy Williams Show"
      - Episode dated 27 September 1969 (1969) TV Episode .... Himself
      14. Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music (1969) (uncredited) .... Himself
      15. "The Dean Martin Show"
      ... aka The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (new title)
      - Episode dated 28 September 1967 (1967) TV Episode .... Himself
      16. "The Andy Williams Show"
      - Episode dated 11 September 1966 (1966) TV Episode .... Himself
      - Episode dated 27 September 1965 (1965) TV Episode .... Himself
      - Episode dated 26 October 1964 (1964) TV Episode .... Himself
      - Episode dated 10 December 1963 (1963) TV Episode .... Himself
      - Episode dated 28 February 1963 (1963) TV Episode .... Himself
      17. "The Bell Telephone Hour"
      - The American Song (1965) TV Episode .... Himself
      18. "I've Got a Secret"
      - Episode dated 4 December 1961 (1961) TV Episode .... Himself
      19. "What's My Line?"
      - Episode dated 28 September 1958 (1958) TV Episode .... Mystery Guest
      - Episode dated 26 September 1954 (1954) TV Episode .... Mystery Guest
      20. "The Perry Como Show"
      ... aka Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (USA: new title)
      ... aka The Chesterfield Supper Club
      - Episode dated 26 October 1957 (1957) TV Episode .... Himself
      21. "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show"
      ... aka The Dinah Shore Show (USA: sixth season title)
      - Episode dated 16 December 1956 (1956) TV Episode .... Himself
      22. Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Small Fry (1956) .... Himself
      23. Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Bronc Busters (1955) .... Himself
      24. Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Invisible Man (1954) .... Himself
      25. "This Is Your Life"
      - Roy Rogers (1953) TV Episode .... Himself
      26. Melody Time (1948) .... Himself, Roy Rogers
      27. Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Cowboys (1947) .... Himself
      28. Hit Parade of 1947 (1947) .... Himself, Roy Rogers
      ... aka High and Happy (USA: TV title)
      29. Lake Placid Serenade (1944) (as King of the Cowboys) .... Himself, Roy Rogers
      ... aka Winter Serenade (USA: reissue title)
      30. Brazil (1944) (as King of the Cowboys) .... Himself, Roy Rogers
      ... aka Stars and Guitars (USA: reissue title)
      31. Picture People No. 2: Hollywood Sports (1941) .... Himself
      32. Meet the Stars: Meet Roy Rogers (1941) .... Himself
      ... aka Meet Roy Rogers (USA: short title)
      33. Rodeo Dough (1940) .... Himself
      34. Meet the Stars: Cowboy Jubilee (1940) .... Himself
      35. Screen Snapshots: Seeing Hollywood (1940) .... Himself (Rose Bowl Parade Participant)
      36. The Star Reporter in Hollywood Number Two (1937) .... Himself (member, Sons of the Pioneers)

      Archive Footage
      1. Christmas from Hollywood (2003) (V) .... Himself
      2. Steal This Movie (2000) (uncredited) .... Himself
      3. Hollywood on Parade (1990) (V) .... Himself
      4. Muppet Video: Country Music with the Muppets (1985) (V) .... Himself
      5. It's Showtime (1976)
      6. The Sound of Laughter (1963) .... Hillbilly guitarist (edited from: Way Up Thar)

      Watch Roy Rogers Full Movies, Clips and Trailers in:-

      Roy's Video Gallery

      Here's one of them:-

      King of the Cowboys
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • ..

      Roy with The Sons Of The Pioneers.

      I have great pleasure in posting this biog,
      as it is the only one , where I have MET the star!!!

      Roy made only one film with Duke,
      and in a rare dramatic role, he was in,

      Dark Command (1940) .... Fletcher 'Fletch' McCloud

      Roy was over in England in the 50's on a theatre tour.
      I got to get up on stage with him, sat on Trigger,
      and receive, a brand spanking new, blue replica Lone Star six-gun.
      Boy was I a proud little boy!!!!!!

      Roy has a great web-site, click below,
      The Official Roy Rogers, Dale Evans Web Site
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • As promised, here is a copy of a post I made about one of Roy Rogers' movies, elsewhere on the board -

      Originally posted by chester7777@Mar 10 2006, 10:20 PM
      While at a local electronics store this evening, I picked up a copy of [b]Don't Fence Me In (1945), with Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Gabby Hayes.

      It is one in the Happy Trails Theatre collection, and here's what it says on the box -

      Roy Rogers, the King of the Cowboys, and Dale Evans, his saddlemate onscreen and off, host a roundup of Roy's best films, which made him #1 at the box office for all Western stars, every year from 1942 to 1954.  The only versions authorized by the Rogers estate, they're mastered with the best available source material and contain added bonuses as Roy, Dale, and their guests recall the "happy trails" they've traveled together!

      Plot:  John English, who later worked with Roy on TV, directed this 1945 film featuring Cole Porter's famous title tune, in which journalist Toni Ames (Dale) heads West to Twin Wells to seek the truth about Wildcat Kelly.  She soon finds out that Wildcat's "friend" Gabby Whittaker (Gabby Hayes), is really the notorious outlaw, long since reported dead -- but when she refuses Roy's request to keep it a secret, somebody shoots Gabby!

      Bonus Features include a very enjoyable "Sidekicks" feature which features many of the sidekicks Roy Rogers had over the years, like Andy Devine, Gabby Hays, Smiley Burnett, Pat Brady, and others.

      Near the end of the movie, Roy Rogers and Trigger do a little "dance" routine (obviously, Trigger is doing the fancy footwork :D ).  We thought of you, etsija and Senta, and wondered if you would especially enjoy that scene.

      A very delightful, mostly lighthearted 62 minutes, with a couple of songs by the Sons of the Pioneers.

      Chester :newyear:


      Chester :newyear:
    • Thanks Keith and Mrs. C for the great information on him. This is really great in knowing who they are.

      Cheers B)

      "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"
      - John Wayne quote
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Roy Rogers

      I want to also thank you for this great info on Roy Rogers. I'd like to add that there is another ROy Rogers Museum-(which is owned by his family) and is located in Victorville, California. We visited there shortly after leaving Arizona; when I was 15.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Roy Rogers

      Hi Carl,

      Further to your post and PM,
      I did some checking!!
      Apparently the museum you mentioned,
      was moved to Branson, MO.
      and is indeed the one mentioned on the
      Roy Rogers, Official Site

      Roy has a great web-site, click below,

      The Official Roy Rogers, Dale Evans Web Site
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Roy Rogers

      Yes, the Roy Rogers Museum has moved to Branson and receiving the large volumes of visitors it so richly deserves, which is one reason I was so gung-ho to see a museum dedicated to John Wayne there - because SO many people go there in a year, and it is largely a group that would especially appreciate such a tribute.

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Roy Rogers

      Hi Keith, Jim/SUe, thank you all for the correction and info. I wonder when it was decided to move the Museum to MO? Heh heh, and I wonder of the same "Trigger" stands out front of this one? :wink_smile: Well, at least one thing, if I ever want to go there again (which I do) I live a bit closer to it this time. :shades_smile:
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Roy Rogers

      Any Roy fans out there,
      yesterday I recieved their yearly fan mail:-

      Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Fans Everywhere!

      Attached to this email is the first issue of The Sagebrush News, a newsletter about:

      Roy and Dale and their continuing impact on peoples’ lives

      The Rogers' families

      The Mission of the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum and its status

      Also featured are articles about

      The Sons of the Pioneers
      Roy collectibles, and

      Other interesting features

      The Sagebrush News is being produced by fans and supporters of Roy and Dale and The Museum and its mission. It is endorsed by the Rogers' family and the Museum. It is not meant as competition to the Roy Rogers Riders Club Newsletter and is an attempt to build back the support that Roy’s fans gave to he and Dale and their mission as they impacted so many other lives. We hope to make it a fun, enjoyable and informative exchange of information for the many, many people who love Roy and Dale and what they stood for, and wish to see that heritage presented to and accepted by current and future generations.

      We are open to ideas and comments. Please email them to

      To help you in viewing The Sagebrush News, you may need to utilize the free Adobe Acrobat Reader available at The Sagebrush News is in PDF format.

      Happing Reading and Happy Trails,

      The Editors of The Sagebrush News
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Roy Rogers

      chester7777 wrote:

      Someday soon We hope to visit Branson Missouri
      to visit This location.

      Chester :newyear:

      As a member of the Roy Rogers fan club,
      I received an email today from someone connected with this:-

      Roy Rogers, Dale Evans – names so familiar to us are in major financial trouble. On December 12, 2009 The Roy Rogers, Dale Evans Museum in Branson Missouri will be closed. All of the items honoring Roy, Dale and the Cowboy Heritage as a whole will be auctioned off.

      The cowboy heritage is a corner stone of American History and the Rogers family has spent a lifetime and their own money preserving, protecting and sharing this wonderful heritage.

      They go on to ask for donations.
      I aslo notice the link to the museum,is no longer fucntional!!
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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