AUTRY MUSEUM, PART 2 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

When I was in LA, I went to the Autry Museum of the West. I was so impressed with it, I took tons of photos and am writing three blogs about it.

Tom outside next to the statue of Gene Autry with his guitar and his horse, Champion

One of my favorite parts of the museum was the section devoted to movie and television cowboys. I forgot how much the cowboy dominated our media consumption for so many years. Like the lawyer or cop or FBI/CIA agent of today.

Here are some wonderful old movie posters, some with costumes and props from the movie.

Prop guns used in the more recent, very modern themed cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain.

My relationship with onscreen cowboys was mostly through television. I was a huge Dale Evans and Annie Oakley fan.

The TV cowboys of the ’50s and ’60s spawned a whole industry of cowboy merchandise that we kids ate up.

I had either this gun or the Dale Evans gun – and holster of course!

My favorite TV cowboy and cowgirl, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Wonderful singers too!



Categories: American history, Ellin Curley, Gallery, Movies, old movies, Photography, Travel, Vacation, western movies

Tags: , , , , ,

21 replies

  1. Richard Boone’s Paladin was a man of the world. He quoted Shakespeare and Keats while shooting it out with the villains.

    Like

  2. I have many good memories of those cowboy movies.
    Leslie

    Like

    • I never could figure out how they sang without moving their lips. So I practiced. It turns out, you can, but some of the syllables sound a little funny. I suppose it improves with a guitar in the background.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Leslie, me too. Some of my happiest childhood memories. I always wanted to meet Roy, Dale and Gene — never happened. We saw them on a “Westerns Channel” show. Seated around a table, they talked about old times and how much they enjoyed their work, their fans and reaching out to the less fortunate in life. It was cool to know they liked each other and were supportive of the mutual charitable efforts. Unfortunately, all 3 passed away within days or weeks of each other.

      They’re all riding the high country now.

      Liked by 1 person

      • It must have been interesting to see the Evans and Gene Autry together, talking about their shows and their lives. They seem to have been good people, focused on using their fame to help others. That’s good to know.

        Like

      • I actually did meet him once when I was doing the Morning News I was sleep deprived and usually too lazy to leave the control room and go to the studio to see a guest. Roy was an exception. I ran to the studio. My other two exceptions were Mickey Mantle and Dr Timothy Leary.

        Like

      • They set a good example for us, when we were young….

        Like

    • I liked a few of the singing cowboys, like Roy and Dale Evans. I don’t remember many others, and I think I was most taken with the outfits the girls wore, and the horses, which I loved. My best friend had a horse and I was into horses at the time.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Leslie, those shows clearly etched good versus bad. None of the thumb sucking, head scratching oaters of later years.
      I remember when Gary Cooper did “High Noon”, John Wayne was “angry” because’s Coop’s hero went begging for help against the bad guys. Duke didn’t believe in help (in movies, at least).

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I like Roy and Dale SO much that I learned to sing “Happy Trails” with my teeth clenched while smiling.

    Liked by 2 people

    • I’ll put this on our “bucket list”. So much to see. Yes, my heroes have always been cowboys. I used to run around the house, jumping up and down, pretending I was riding Trigger. I got a Roy Rogers two gun set (w/ caps), the highlight of one Christmas. It left me behaving like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story”. My middle Brother, Billy, and I used to watch the Roy and Gene movies aired on New York’s Channel 9. We favored Roy who we thought rode better than Gene. In our childish minds, we laughed at Gene because it appeared he was wearing lipstick (A little too much makeup?). We followed Roy and Gene on radio and then. television. Gene aired Thursday evenings, I think, in the 7 or 730pm time block, sponsored by Wrigley Chewing Gum. Roy aired Sunday evenings, 6 or 7pm. I know he had multiple sponsors including Tony, The Tiger. Roy’s show usually preceded Sunday night dinner. My Brothers and I were always recapping the show over dinner til we were instructed with “….this is dinner time. Not time for TV talk. Garry–don’t look at me that way. Billy — I’ve got my eyes on you. Anton: That’s a good boy. Just don’t eat too fast..”. The radio was tuned into the Sunday evening lineup of “The Jack Benny Show”, “Phil Harris and Alice Faye”, “Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy”, etc. It was verboten to interrupt these broadcasts with our recaps of Roy, Dale, Bullet, Nellie Belle, and Pat Brady. We made secret faces of our heroes and giggled as we consumed the Sunday Pot Roast, browned potatoes or rice, those delicious brown ‘n serve rolls, and Kool-Aid to wash it all down. I loved the raspberry Kool-Aid. Mom had a firm hand on me if I tried to add extra sugar to my drink.

      Happy Trails — Tommy and Ellin — thanks for the memories — Happy Trails to you — til we meet again…..

      Liked by 1 person

      • Garry – you were way more into the TV cowboys than I was. But probably most boys were. It’s interesting how vivid your memories are of your TV idols and how much your memories are intertwined with family time and family memories. I watched my kid TV shows alone as a kid. I’m an only child and our only TV at first was in the all white living room, which was off limits except for parties, and for my TV watching. So my memories are not as rich and complex as yours are. Just me and Dale or the Mickey Mouse Club kids, Kuckla, Fran and Ollie, Sonny Fox and Wonderama, Shari Lewis and her coterie of adorable puppet friends, etc.

        Like

    • I liked Roy and Dale too, but not that much! I think I had a Dale Evans outfit and maybe her gun and holster, or Annie Oakley’s. But I did have a gun, which makes no sense to me now. I didn’t let my son get a toy gun growing up so he got light sabers and swords and created pretend guns. So he wasn’t deprved and I could still take the high ground as a parent!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ellin, my love of cowboys actually began with books when I was pre-school age. We had Luke Short and Zane Gray books in our home library that was rich with a variety of light and serious books. From books to radio to movies and TV.
        I’m sure Tommy remembers listening to William Conrad in the radio version of “Gunsmoke”.
        I still love westerns. We have “Western-Mania” in our streaming video package. It includes lots of b-movies with the likes of Bob Steele, Tim McCoy, Buck Jones, Roy, Gene, and all those Duke Wayne poverty row movies. We also have, in that venue, some cowboy TV shows like “Wagon Train (the early years with Ward Bond and Robert Horton); “Shotgun Slade”,
        Tales of Wells Fargo; “the Cisco Kid”, “Annie Oakley”, “Stories of the Century” with Jim Davis and “The Lone Ranger” (the early episodes). It’s fun to watch these. Many don’t quite hold up but no matter — they’re the stuff of childhood memories.
        My Parents were good about giving us the “cowboy stuff” always warning us to be very careful.

        Like

  4. We went to a museum like this in Arizona. It was one of the places where they shot a lot of old westerns and we took tons of pictures. Now, when we are watching old westerns, I look and say “Hey, I’ve got that picture!” We must have taken several thousand pictures in that area and all those shots show up in those movies.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Seeing the sets of so many old westerns must have been great, especially for Garry. I feel that way sometimes when I see something obviously shot on the Universal lot or somewhere on the tour.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ellin, I tried to query one of the proprieters of these cowboy venues but it was clear they didn’t know too much. So, I tactfully withdrew, very disappointed. Wish I was tagging along with you folks.

        Like

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Our Eyes Open

Come along on an adventure with us!

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Covert Novelist

Just another WordPress site

The Small Dog

Life from the Tail End

Cee's Chronic Illness Sisterhood

Peer support and hope for women with Chronic Illness and their support team.

Salted Caramel

Blogging, Motivation, Lifestyle and much more.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.

Green Screen

The Environmental Movie Podcast

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.

musingsofanoldfart

Independent views from someone who offers some historical context

The HOBBLEDEHOY

I use the best, I use the rest

This, That, and The Other

Random musings on life, society, and politics.

My Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

Views from the Edge

To See More Clearly

serial monography: forgottenman's ruminations

wandering discourse, pedantic rant, self-indulgent drivel, languorous polemic, grammarian's bête noire, poesy encroachment approaching bombast, unintended subtext in otherwise intentional context, unorthodox unorthodoxy, self-inflected rodomontade, …

draliman on life

Because sometimes life just makes you stop and think

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns

sparksfromacombustiblemind

EMBERS FROM SOMEONE DOGGEDLY TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL...

The Day After

Musings, Photography, Writing, and More

THE SHINBONE STAR

NO LONGER ENCUMBERED BY ANY SENSE OF FAIR PLAY, EX-JOURNALISTS RETURN TO ACTIVE DUTY TO FIGHT THE TRUMPIAN MENACE!

Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Welcome to the Anglo Swiss World

ScienceSwitch

The Fun Side Of Science

A Day In The Life

People, Places, Nature, LIFE!

Curious Steph

explorations on the journey of living

%d bloggers like this: