Stuntmen of the Saddle- Neil Summers & others

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    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Stuntmen (Neil Summers & others)

      I own two of Neil's books. "Unsung Heroes" is crammed with full page stills of stuntmen in action with captions that identify them.
      "The First Official TV Western Book" has many photos and capsule summaries of close to fifty classic westerns like "Range Rider", Wanted Dead or Alive, Wagon Train, Maverick, The Dakotas and The Rebel.
      If you can find them on Amazon, you should pick them up. They're really entertaining.
      I used to look for Jim Burke (loved that jaw) in every western.
      Glad to hear that Neil is still working and a nice guy to boot.


      We deal in lead, friend.
    • Re: JOHN WAYNES STUNT MEN

      Does anyone know what films Jock Mahoney doubled Duke on or for which stunts? He ended up being quite famous himself a few years later as "Range Rider". I seem to remember reading years ago that he was hired for "Wake of the Red Witch" but that Duke thought his hips and waist were too slim. I've heard his name connected with "The Fighting Kentuckian" as well. Did he do the jump off the second floor balcony onto the horse in that? Thanks.
    • Re: JOHN WAYNES STUNT MEN

      DukeChisum wrote:

      Does anyone know what films Jock Mahoney doubled Duke on or for which stunts? He ended up being quite famous himself a few years later as "Range Rider". I seem to remember reading years ago that he was hired for "Wake of the Red Witch" but that Duke thought his hips and waist were too slim. I've heard his name connected with "The Fighting Kentuckian" as well. Did he do the jump off the second floor balcony onto the horse in that? Thanks.

      Take a look here, he is not mentioned
      The Fighting Kentuckian
      His biog states he doubled for Duke,
      but he is not credited in any of Duke's movies!!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: JOHN WAYNES STUNT MEN

      Unfortunately stuntmen were not credited in the old days. About a half dozen show up in those credits but it's safe to say that a couple of dozen probably worked on THE FIGHTING REPUBLICAN. In the Duke biography "Shooting Star" he's quoted as saying Jock Mahoney was "our chief stuntman" on FIGHTING REPUBLICAN. Doubtful full credits will ever appear unless someone has access to old studio records.
    • Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers/Dean Smith/Jim Burke & others

      From Cheyenne Autumn:

      The man riding the horse is Harry Carey, Jr.

      The man leaping onto the horse is a young Dean Smith, doubling for Ben Johnson, who had was unable to do the stunt because he had broken his foot when he dropped something on it (I forget exactly what he had dropped but it was heavy).

      Dean Smith's leap would make Mikhail Baryshnikov himself jealous, he achieves it with such grace, beautiful form, and accuracy.

    • Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers/Dean Smith/Jim Burke & others

      Hi Arthur, I am new here,so please forgive any faux paus!

      I would like to see more of your stuntmen posts....are there any? Only found one and a piece. I am researching the ones around the John Ford EARLY Stock Troupe for a book about them and character actors who MADE our heroes. Oops, think I see something to click on above. Anyway, let me know, and thanks, KP
    • Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers/Dean Smith/Jim Burke & others

      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers & others

      There has been more interest of late for more information
      relating to these prolific men.

      In addition to
      Yakima Canutt
      Chuck Roberson
      Chuck Hayward
      Cliff Lyons
      Jerry Gatlin

      I have now profiled more stuntmen/actors
      including
      Frank McGrath
      Terry Wilson
      Fred Kennedy
      Boyd 'Red' Morgan

      and more recently
      Dean Smith
      Jim Burk
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England