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Texas Legionnaires (October 30, 1943)

Roy Rogers in Texas Legionnaires

Released on October 30, 1943: Famous singing cowboy movie star Roy Rogers returns to his home town to do a radio broadcast, but gets mixed up in a feud between the sheepers and the cattle men, and is accused of murder.

Directed by Joseph Kane

The Actors: Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), Bob Nolan (Bob, member Sons of the Pioneers), Sons of the Pioneers (musicians), Ruth Terry (Laramie Winters), Paul Kelly (Victor Marsh), Ann Gillis (Penny Winters), George Cleveland (Sheriff Hal Darcey), Pat Brady (Pat Brady, member Sons of the Pioneers), Renie Riano (Christina Kellogg, housekeeper), Paul Harvey (Arthur Davis), Hank Bell (Dobe Joe), Jay Novello (henchman Barker), Hal Taliaferro (henchman Slade), Roy Barcroft (cattlemen henchman), Lynton Brent (henchman), Bob Burns (rancher), Fred Burns (rancher Prescott), Roy Butler (Dalton), Horace B. Carpenter (audience member), Ken Carson (singer, Sons of the Pioneers), Art Dillard (henchman), Frank Ellis (rancher), Hugh Farr (Hugh, member Sons of the Pioneers), Karl Farr (guitar player, Sons of the Pioneers), Jane Isbell (young girl), I. Stanford Jolley (Charles Martin), Bob Kortman (henchman), Isabel La Mal (Sophrinia Boggs), Timmy Miller (Tyke), Jack O'Shea (henchman TOm Smith), Cliff Parkinson (henchman), Lloyd Perryman (Lloyd, member Sons of the Pioneers), Tim Spencer (member, Sons of the Pioneers), Slim Whitaker (sheepman).


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My sister Carol always made her chocolate milk with Hershey's chocolate syrup out of a tin can, but I of course couldn't use the same thing when I made chocolate milk. No sireeeee . . . Dad and Mom had to also stock containers of powdered Nestlé's Quick for me to use. Just about every morning of my youth started with a mug of milk and a liberal amount of Nestlé's Quick chocolate powder. And the mug had to be my mug . . . the one with the little blue bird of happiness sitting on top of the handle. Then I'd toast four slices of Wonder Bread, and spread them first with butter . . . no, not butter . . . when I was a little kid I would have no part of real butter - it had to be Oleo. Anyway, first I'd spread oleo on the toast, then a generous and thick layer of peanut butter. Then I would bend each piece of toast until it would fit into the mug, dipping an inch or so into the cold chocolate milk. When it was sufficiently soaked I'd pull it out and quickly devour the peanut butter toast drenched in chocolate milk. This continued until all four slices were gone and I would quickly gulp down the remaining chocolate milk. I used to devour 8 slices of toast, but I clearly remember Dad suggesting first that 6 was probably a better amount, and then one day he thought that four slices should be enough. I never questioned him, and without thinking cut it to four from then on. I don't know why, but I was always hungry when I was a kid. I seldom left the table truly full and satisfied. And I was always as skinny as a rail. I never passed up an opportunity to eat anything in sight, and I always wanted Mom to buy me long sleeve shirts, even in the summer, because sometimes kids would remark at how skinny my arms were, and I didn't like to be 'different.' Boy, have times changed! If anyone accused me of having overly skinny ANYTHING, I'd be beaming with joy! And I eat less than I ever have. But I ramble. Saturday mornings it was cartoons all morning until Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and Pat Brady, along with his cantankerous jeep 'Nellie Bell' came on and it was time for little boys to watch the cowboys beat the outlaws. No girls allowed.

That is what I was thinking about as I was watching this Roy Rogers movie, but I was jarred back to reality when a girl in the movie did something that turned my stomach. This is a cowboy movie - a 'guy' thing - no girls allowed. But there she was, swooning over the comatose body of Roy Rogers, and she had the nerve to say, "I think he is delicious . . . I mean delerious . . . " with those big cow-eyes fluttering as she hovered over him. Well, I am not ten any more, and I can handle it, but it did put a damper on my excitement as Roy shot it out and chased the bad guys all over the valley around Music Moutain. But Roy, Pat Brady, and the Sons of the Pioneers once again brought a satisfied smile to my face before the final scene, just like back when I really was ten years old and slurping my soggy peanut butter toast in front of the television set on Saturday morning.

Roy RogersRoy Rogers and Pat Brady
Roy Rogers - 1943Roy Rogers and Pat Brady
Ann GillisAnn Gillis and Ruth Terry
Ann GillisAnn Gillis and Ruth Terry
George ClevelandGeorge Cleveland and Ann Gillis
George Cleveland - 1943George Cleveland and Ann Gillis
Hal Taliaferro and Jay NovelloPaul Kelly
Hall Taliaferro and Jay NovelloPaul Kelly - 1943
Renie RianoRoy Rogers, the singing cowboy
Renie RianoRoy Rogers, the singing cowboy
Ruth TerrySons of the Pioneers
Ruth Terry

Sons of the Pioneers

Paul Kelly and Roy RogersRoy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
Paul Kelly and Roy RogersRoy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers