The Rodeo and Hollywood: Rodeo Cowboys on Screen and Western Actors in the Arena

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About the Book If you went to a big rodeo in the 1940s, you might have seen Gene Autry singing and jumping his horse, Champ, through a flaming hoop. In the same era, familiar ... rodeo personalities like Hoot Gibson, Texas Rose Bascom, Slim Pickens and Ben Johnson could be seen in movies or television shows. At a rodeo in the 1960s, you might have seen Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker acting out a skit from their hit television show Bonanza. This reference book provides career profiles of both types of performers who crossed over between acting and cowboying in the period from the 1930s to the 1970s, when Hollywood and the rodeo circuit were closely linked. The first part, "Rodeo Personalities with a Hollywood Connection," traces the careers of notable rodeo stars who also appeared on film or television. The next two sections detail the rodeo appearances of stars better known for their work on the screen (whether small or silver); one of these two sections focuses on performers who tended to appear solo, while the other focuses on famous casts, such as the folks of Bonanza or Gunsmoke. A fourth section alphabetically lists rodeo-related films. Appendices present further information on golden age rodeo personalities, rodeos presenting western stars, and eleven special rodeos distinguished by such features as size, prestige and Western star power. Read more Show Less

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About the Book If you went to a big rodeo in the 1940s, you might have seen Gene Autry singing and jumping his horse, Champ, through a flaming hoop. In the same era, familiar ... rodeo personalities like Hoot Gibson, Texas Rose Bascom, Slim Pickens and Ben Johnson could be seen in movies or television shows. At a rodeo in the 1960s, you might have seen Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker acting out a skit from their hit television show Bonanza. This reference book provides career profiles of both types of performers who crossed over between acting and cowboying in the period from the 1930s to the 1970s, when Hollywood and the rodeo circuit were closely linked. The first part, "Rodeo Personalities with a Hollywood Connection," traces the careers of notable rodeo stars who also appeared on film or television. The next two sections detail the rodeo appearances of stars better known for their work on the screen (whether small or silver); one of these two sections focuses on performers who tended to appear solo, while the other focuses on famous casts, such as the folks of Bonanza or Gunsmoke. A fourth section alphabetically lists rodeo-related films. Appendices present further information on golden age rodeo personalities, rodeos presenting western stars, and eleven special rodeos distinguished by such features as size, prestige and Western star power. Read more Show Less

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If you went to a big rodeo in the 1940s, you might have seen Gene Autry singing and jumping his horse, Champ, through a flaming hoop. In the same era, familiar rodeo personalities like Hoot Gibson, Texas Rose Bascom, Slim Pickens and Ben Johnson could be seen in movies or television shows. At a rodeo in the 1960s, you might have seen Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker acting out a skit from their hit television show Bonanza.This reference book provides career profiles of both types of performers who crossed over between acting and cowboying in the period from the 1930s to the 1970s, when Hollywood and the rodeo circuit were closely linked. The first part, "Rodeo Personalities with a Hollywood Connection," traces the careers of notable rodeo stars who also appeared on film or television. The next two sections detail the rodeo appearances of stars better known for their work on the screen (whether small or silver); one of these two sections focuses on performers who tended to appear solo, while the other focuses on famous casts, such as the folks of Bonanza or Gunsmoke. A fourth section alphabetically lists rodeo-related films. Appendices present further information on golden age rodeo personalities, rodeos presenting western stars, and eleven special rodeos distinguished by such features as size, prestige and Western star power.A fan of westerns from his youth in the 1940s, Jim Ryan lives in Colorado Springs and is a retired Army Signal Corps officer and special education teacher. He is a member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Society, the Rodeo Historical Society and the Dublin (Texas) Rodeo Heritage Museum.
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Lifelong 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
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786424702
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/7/2006
  • Pages: 451
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

A fan of westerns from his youth in the 1940s, Jim Ryan is a retired Army Signal Corps officer and special education teacher. A member of the Western Writers of America, the Rodeo Historical Society, and the Dublin (Texas) Rodeo Heritage Association, he lives in Colorado Springs.

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Table of Contents

I Rodeo personalities with a Hollywood connection 7
II Individual movie and television actors performing at rodeos 101
III Television casts performing at rodeos 227
IV Rodeo-related films 311
App. A Golden Age rodeo personalities 343
App. B 25 Rodeos presenting Western stars 357
App. C 11 special rodeos 363
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