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Library JournalLifelong Western film and rodeo fan Ryan has done his homework for this Texas-sized reference book that profiles rodeo stars who went Hollywood and actors who rodeoed. The first section, “Rodeo Personalities with a Hollywood Connection,” features 144 biographical entries of both male and female rodeo performers and stars who successfully segued into film and television. In the following “Individual Movie and Television Actors Performing at Rodeos” section, 69 actors are listed whose work in Western-based TV shows or films led to rodeo appearances. The third section notes ensemble TV show casts performing at rodeos and includes entries on popular and expected casts of shows such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Lone Ranger, as well as less obvious programs such as Sky King and F-Troop. The final section lists 75 rodeo-related films and is followed by appendixes for Golden Age rodeo personalities, assorted rodeos and the Western stars they featured, and a list of special rodeos. Entries for all sections vary in length from extended pages on stars like Rex Allen and Gene Autry to several-sentence-long citations for lesser-known performers. Beautiful black-and-white publicity stills embellish the text throughout.
Verdict Yee-haw! All libraries with Western interests should cowboy-up with this title.—Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX
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