Category Archive: Cowboy Princess

Apr 18

THE ROY ROGERS TV SHOW’S WONDERFUL CREW

One of the main reasons that the production values on the Roy Rogers TV Show were so good was Dad bringing over so many members of his old Republic Studios crew. I wish I could remember more of their names but it has been a few years ago and I was, after all, a teenager. …

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Apr 17

George “Gabby” Hayes

George “Gabby” Hayes was a true renaissance man. He had played Hamlet on Broadway when he was only 19. He was a superb actor, a minor-league baseball player, he led an all-girl orchestra, he loved opera, he was an omnivorous reader of all types and genre of books. He was suave. He was funny. He …

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Apr 06

Utah and Peggy Stewart

Typically of Republic Studios, Utah was made in Lone Pine, California! Dad’s (Roy Rogers) films seldom had the budget to travel out of California and Lone Pine is used for everything from itself (“High Sierra”) to the Khyber Pass (“King of the Khyber Rifles”) to India in “Charge of the Light Brigade” to another world …

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Mar 28

The Sons of the Pioneers

I just received a great photo from Harold Spencer, Tim’s son, and his wife Julie. This is a VERY EARLY (1935?) photo of the Pioneers and I want to share it with you. From the left: Hugh Farr, Karl Farr, Bob Nolan,Len Slye (Roy Rogers) and Tim Spencer.

Mar 28

ROY ROGERS PLAYING PIANO?

From the left: Hugh Farr, Pat Brady, Roy Rogers, Karl Farr, Lloyd Perryman, Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer My good friend Larry Zwisohn sent me this photo and asked when Dad (Roy Rogers) learned to play the piano? I guess that seeing Dad sitting on the piano bench while he sings away gave Larry the …

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Mar 27

ROY ROGERS AND JOAQUIN

Dad owned one of the first five pairs of Weimaraners imported from Germany. Joaquin was the male and Lana was the female.  For a number of years Dad bred Weimaraner pups but we never had any that we loved as much as Lana and Joaquin.  When they arrived, they only knew German commands but Dad …

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Mar 20

What is This Event – Dale, Gene and Roy?

Hi Y’all!  My husband Larry has been going through some boxes that we haven’t looked through since we moved here (Utah) from California — about 14 years ago.   He is finding some great stuff!   One of the great things he has found is the above photo copy of Mom (Dale Evans), their good …

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Mar 16

WELCOME TO MY NEW WEBSITE

Hi Y’all and Welcome to Western Stars Theater!  I want you to have lots of fun and hope you enjoy the time you spend here watching our wonderful films and special features. I plan on trying to bring you some comments and information that you won’t get on other websites about your favorite Western Stars …

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Mar 13

ROY ROGERS AND CARY GRANT IN PARTNERSHIP???

Actually it was Cary Grant, Dad, Red Skelton and Richard Widmark who were talking about forming a partnership to invest in a hotel in Acapulco, Mexico in the mid-1940s! I don’t remember anything about this (sure wish it had happened as Grant and Widmark were extraordinary businessmen!) but a friend of mine, who is a …

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Mar 12

ROY ROGERS COMIC BOOKS

Roy Rogers Comic Books were printed in more than one language. The one on the left is in Spanish and the one on the right is in English. The largest foreign fan club was in London (70,000 plus members) and the second largest was in Brazil. This Spanish language comic has an ad on the …

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Mar 11

ROY ROGERS’ ORIENTAL EYES

When Dad (Roy Rogers) started starring in movies, the studio tried several things to get him to open his eyes wider. You can see in the above photo (just received from my friend, Larry Zwisohn) why the studios thought they needed to do that. Flash cameras just didn’t have a fast enough shutter speed to …

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Mar 10

MACKINTOSH & TJ

I sure hope that you are some of the few people who saw what I think was one of Dad’s very best films! It wasn’t out at the movie theaters very long (just a few weeks) as there was a law suit filed. Not about the film itself but between the producers! Dad, of course, …

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