Rawhide (April 8, 1938)

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Lou Gehrig in the movie Rawhide
 

Released on April 8, 1938: Lou 'Iron Horse' Gehrig, legendary New York Yannkee slugger becomes a rancher out west before the 1938 spring training and helps lawyer Smith Balew clean up a protection racket that is robbing the local ranchers.

Directed by Ray Taylor

The Actors: Lou Gehrig (himself), Smith Ballew (Larry Kimball), Evalyn Knapp (Peggy Gehrig), Arthur Loft (Ed Saunders), Cy Kendall (Sheriff Kale), Dick Curtis (henchman Butch), Si Jenks (Pop Mason), Charles Brinley (pool hall manager), Fred Burns (rancher driving buckboard), Ken Card (band member), Ed Cassidy (Fuller), Edward Cecil (doctor), Kernan Cripps (railroad official), Rube Dalroy (barfly), Franklyn Farnum (Saunders' secretary), Tom B. Forman (henchman Rudy), Al Haskell (pool hall brawler), Jack Hendricks (rancher on phone), Al Hill (bartender), Cecil Kellogg (Gil Gillam), Sidney Kibrick (boy playing baseball), Donald Kirke (reporter), W.E. Lawrence (reporter), Merrill McCormick (pool hall brawler), Lafe McKee (L.G. McDonnell), George Morrell (Gehrig party guest), Charles Murphy (Gehrig cowhand), Fred Parker (man asking Larry to sing), Cliff Parkinson (Pete), Bill Patton (rancher on phone), Edward Peil Sr. (reporter), Earl Phelps (Gehrig party musician), Norman Phelps (Gehrig party musician), Willie Phelps (Gehrig party musician), George Plues (man on wagon with Lou Gehrig), Lee Shumway (Johnson), George Sowards (cowhand), Carl Stockdale (rancher Bascomb), Harry Tenbrook (Rusty), Francis Walker (Saunders henchman), Wally West (man in pool hall), Slim Whitaker (Saunders henchman), Ray Whitley (Gehrig party guitarist), Carleton Young (reporter)

 

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More Fun than the World Series

Lou Gehrig died in 1941 from 'Lou Gehrig's disease', but before that he appeared in 2,130 consecutive baseball games for the New York Yankees between the years of 1923 and 1939. His career batting average was .340 with a .632 slugging percentage. In the winter of 1938 during the off season he starred in a cowboy western adventure . . . I am thinking that in those days he was the most famous baseball player in the country, and he realized that the only thing the youngsters enjoyed more than watching him play baseball was going to a good Saturday afternoon cowboy show. In any case, this Western adventure begins at the end of the 1937 baseball season and Lou Gehrig is about to board a train out of New York City for the Wild West where he has purchased a ranch with his sister Peggy, played by Evalyn Knapp. He promises the reporters that he is really retiring from baseball so that he can relax on his ranch. After spending so many years chasing flies he is going to sit on his ranch and let the flies chase him. When he gets to Rawhide he discovers that a band of racketeers has forced all of the local ranchers to sign agreements with the 'Protection' association, and if they don't - they cannot buy anything in the town and cannot sell their cattle. Not only that, but the protection agency owns the local Sheriff, so their thugs can beat up the ranchers, shoot them and destroy their property with the blessings of the law. The boss of the gang tells Lou Gehrig that he had better join them because they can make it plenty tough for him . . . saying that he isn't in New York City anymore. Lou smiles and we know that these cheap outlaws are no match for a tough New York City born guy like Lou. He teams up with the local lawyer Larry Kimball, played by radio singing star Smith Ballew, and takes on the gangsters in fine style, remarking that "This will be more fun than the World Series." At the end of the adventure he gets a telegram telling him that he needs to get to Florida quickly for the 1938 spring training, and he is off to his final full year of baseball. After the 1938 season, during the following spring training of 1939 he begins to have physical problems that led to the end of his legendary career in the 1939 season, and then to his death in 1941 at the age of 37. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy an amazing hour with baseball legend Lou Gehrig in his final year of great health as he battles outlaws in the Wild West.

Arthur Loft and Dick Curtis
Arthur Loft and Dick Curtis
Arthur Loft and Edward Cecil
Arthur Loft and Edward Cecil
Arthur Loft and Lafe McKee
Arthur Loft and Lafe McKee
Arthur Loft and Lou Gehrig
Arthur Loft and Lou Gehrig
Arthur Loft
Arthur Loft
Cy Kendall as Sheriff Kale
Cy Kendall as Sheriff Kale
Cy Kendall in the movie Rawhide
Cy Kendall in the movie Rawhide
Dick Curtis and Lafe McKee
Dick Curtis and Lafe McKee
Dick Curtis
Dick Curtis
Dick Curtis in the motion picture Rawhide
Dick Curtis in the motion picture Rawhide
Evalyn Knapp and Lou Gehrig
Evalyn Knapp and Lou Gehrig
Evalyn Knapp as Peggy Gehrig
Evalyn Knapp as Peggy Gehrig
Evalyn Knapp
Evalyn Knapp
George Plues and Lou Gehrig
George Plues and Lou Gehrig
Lafe McKee in Rawhide
Lafe McKee in Rawhide
Lafe McKee
Lafe McKee
Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig
Si Jenks and Evalyn Knapp
Si Jenks and Evalyn Knapp
Si Jenks
Si Jenks
Si Jenks 1938
Si Jenks 1938
Smith Ballew and Evalyn Knapp
Smith Ballew and Evalyn Knapp
Smith Ballew and Lafe McKee
Smith Ballew and Lafe McKee
Smith Ballew as lawyer Larry Kimball
Smith Ballew as lawyer Larry Kimballs
Smith Ballew sings at Lou Gehrig's party
Smith Ballew sings at Lou Gehrig's party
Smith Ballew
Smith Ballew