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Above - 1920s era photo of Buck Jones courtesy of Betty Richards.

 Below are links to hundreds of websites on cowboy films, cliffhangers, movie databases, movie locations, radio programs, lobby cards, posters, comic books, Big Little Books, The Lone Ranger, old TV shows, the reel west, the real west, and more.

If you wish to search for a particular person or topic, simply use your web browser's FIND function and that will allow you to search down this page for keywords or names.  In the upper left of your screen, you should see the word 'EDIT'.  Click on that, and in the drop down menu, click on 'FIND' to do your search.  In web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and others, you can also hit the Ctrl-F key combination to open the FIND box.

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LATEST AND GREATEST LINKS
Added May - September, 2018.

  USC School of Cinematic Arts, Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive has many of the Blackhawk film catalogs to view and download: http://uschefnerarchive.com/blackhawk-films-catalogs/

  The Internet Archive has the trailer for the first William Boyd / Hoppy adventure, HOP-ALONG CASSIDY (Paramount, 1935): https://archive.org/details/hopalong_cassidy

  There's always questions about the status of Roy Rogers' Trucolor westerns and why many full length (uncut) features aren't available ... or only 53 1/2 minute TV versions exist ... or only B&W versions are around:
Bob Furmanek has a write-up on the situation with the Rogers Trucolor films. He includes info on the elements stored at the UCLA Film and TV Archive: http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/roy-rogers-in-trucolor
Furmanek (and others) have talked about this for years at the Home Theater Forum: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/roy-rogers-in-trucolor-and-uncut.300366/page-8

  Neil Roughley analyzed release info, original copyright, copyright renewals, "ownership", and public domain status of westerns (and other films) created by Republic Pictures, Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), and Monogram. A monumental undertaking. Links below for each company:
     PRC: http://dukefilmography.com/producers_releasing_corporation_tv_rights.html
     Republic: http://dukefilmography.com/republic_pictures_library.html
     Monogram: http://dukefilmography.com/monogram_pictures_library.html

  Wheeler Winston Dixon is the Film Studies professor at University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has a series of videos on YouTube titled "Frame by Frame" with comments and perspective on various movie topics. This link is for his three minute video which summarizes why so many early films are lost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnRsn89471U

  The Internet Archive has copies of the 1960s Screen Thrills Illustrated and Wildest Westerns magazines which you can view online or download:
     Wildest Westerns: https://archive.org/search.php?query=wildest%20westerns
     Screen Thrills Illustrated: https://archive.org/search.php?query=Screen%20Thrills%20Illustrated

  The Internet Archive also has copies of many Warren publications, including issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vampirella, Creepy, Spacemen, more: https://archive.org/details/warrenpublishing?sort=titleSorter

  Thousands of 78 RPM recordings are being digitized at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/georgeblood
This link is the 78 RPM collection of Western Swing, Western and Cowboy tunes: https://archive.org/details/georgeblood?sort=titleSorter&&and[]=subject%3A%22Cowboy%22&and[]=subject%3A%22Western%22&and[]=subject%3A%22Western%20Swing%22

  Mashable has an article with many large photos of Buster Crabbe titled "1936 - 1940, Flash Gordon, An Olympic swimmer conquers the universe": https://mashable.com/2016/04/15/flash-gordon/

  In addition to the late Jack Mathis' collection of Republic Pictures material, Brigham Young University is home to the extensive Republic Pictures Music Archives as well as various other Hollywood personality and movie archives: https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/search?collection=lee+--+special_collections&q=republic+pictures

  Carl Stalling, the composer behind Bugs Bunny and Merrie Melodies, scored more than 600 cartoons at the rate of one score per week between 1936 and 1958: http://www.cpr.org/classical/blog/composer-behind-bugs-bunny-introduced-generation-classical-music

  Article and photos on Nudie Cohn who created wild and flashy costumes for Roy Rogers, Elvis, others: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/meet-the-man-who-made-cowboys-love-rhinestones/

  "When The West Was Fun - A Western Reunion" was a TV special that aired circa 1979. Lots of familiar faces in this special but video image quality is poor:
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Aq3kkBkbHs
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cDfth_ql4A

  In 2015, the official Gene Autry Entertainment organization launched a YouTube channel with tunes, film clips, more:
     https://www.youtube.com/user/geneautryofficial
     as well as a Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/114677570148020005854/posts

  The Shorpy vintage photo blog has gazillions of old photos, including some of our western heroes, old theaters, etc. Here's some photos at Shorpy to get you started:
     http://www.shorpy.com/node/14429
     http://www.shorpy.com/node/16121
     http://www.shorpy.com/node/2865
     http://www.shorpy.com/node/15447
     http://www.shorpy.com/node/2307

  Tom Keene was the Honorary Mayor of Sherman Oaks, California in 1939. There were many other Honorary Mayors of other California towns and cities - Honorary Mayors included Andy Devine, Gene Autry, Richard Arlen, Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Gary Cooper, Rex Allen, Gale Storm, Marsha Hunt, more:
     https://ladailymirror.com/2012/11/05/celebrity-politicians-hollywoods-honorary-mayors-part-i/
     https://ladailymirror.com/2013/03/04/mary-mallory-hollywood-heights-celebrity-politicians-hollywoods-honorary-mayors-2/

  Not a movie or B western website, the Collectors Weekly has some interesting articles on our past and the good ol' days: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/

  Article and several large photos about MGM's Lion: http://mashable.com/2015/03/30/mgm-lion/

  Website on superb radio and TV announcer Fred Foy (The Lone Ranger, more) from his daughter Wendy Foy: http://www.fredfoy.com

  World War II Command Performance shows with Bob Hope: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=command+performance+bob+hope

  Warner Bros. Movie Blooper Reels, AKA "Breakdowns": https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9E8818AC5A3167F8

  From 1943-1945, the U. S. Army (and Warner Bros.) produced a series of propaganda cartoons featuring Private Snafu: https://www.google.com/#q=%22Private+Snafu%22&tbm=vid&*

  Circa 1990 video of Roy Rogers showing how he shapes and blocks his hat (video about 11 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OisMaRcdQI

  Roy Rogers and Dale Evans talk about their life and movies from Happy Trails Theaters (video about 23 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFvyKml2nPA

  Roy Rogers and Dale Evans museum circa 1999 (video about 10 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTcMj5R7ZQ

  Hopalong Cassidy Museum in Cambridge, Ohio (video about 4 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PBOLg7DcKY

  1940 photo of Dick Jones recording his lines for PINOCCHIO (Disney/RKO, 1940): http://i.imgur.com/9HaS37E.jpg

  The Evolution Of Captain America In Film And TV (video about 10 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8QatPkKL00

  Entertainers Lulu Belle and Scotty took a bunch of home movies and their collection is archived at the The Moving Image Research Collections Digital Video Repository at the University of South Carolina. Here's a six minute movie filmed circa 1938 showing Roy Rogers, Republic Pictures, Universal Pictures, cowboy hero Bob Baker, and lots of trains and scenery: http://mirc.sc.edu/islandora/object/usc%3a1470

  Clayton Moore was born September 14, 1914. September, 2014 was the centennial of his birth and there were events, website articles, videos, etc. celebrating that milestone ... and the man. Here's a few links:
     Article: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/almanac-the-lone-rangers-clayton-moore/
     Mike Radich interviews Clayton's daughter Dawn Moore (about one hour long and audio only): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR4DajPHFmQ

  Director William Witney's son John (Jay Dee) Witney has a website on his father and mother, Maxine Doyle: http://www.williamwitney.com
Jay Dee also has many videos online of his dad talking about Nat Levine and Mascot, stuntwork, Yakima Canutt, Dave Sharpe, work at Republic Pictures, more: https://vimeo.com/user16036241/videos/rss

  Old Hollywood in Color website: http://oldhollywoodincolor.com/

  Library of Congress' National Audio-Visual Conservation Center - Preserving 120 years of U.S. cultural history: http://us.cnn.com/2014/06/25/tech/innovation/library-congress-digital-archives/index.html

  The Library of Congress has a prints and photographs section where you can search. This link will take you to their photo collection on Tom Mix: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=%22tom%20mix%22

  How Sony's Betamax lost to JVC's VHS video cassette recorder (video about 4 minute long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddYZITaxlTQ

  Producer Hal Roach speaking at UCLA on November 30, 1970. Video from the archives of the UCLA Department of Communication Studies (video about 42 minutes long): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nRTkutKZ6eQ

  September, 1955 - John Wayne introduces the TV show GUNSMOKE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T646gNcRiMs

  MeTV has a website with bunches of articles on old TV shows and performers, and it includes death notices on TV performers: https://www.metv.com/stories/

  The Buck Jones Rangers song sung by Frank Luther: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ_P1ZdQcys

  1970 - Keep America Beautiful television ads with Iron Eyes Cody shedding a tear (one minute long videos):
     Iron Eyes in a canoe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7OHG7tHrNM
     Iron Eyes on horseback: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_QGBWaD-A4

  Inside the nuclear bunker in Virginia where America preserves its movie history: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/film-preservation/

  Leonard Maltin article - "NITRATE CAN'T WAIT: IS HOPALONG CASSIDY DISINTEGRATING?": http://leonardmaltin.com/nitrate-cant-wait-is-hopalong-cassidy-disintegrating/

  How Criterion Collection brings movies back from the dead:
     Article: http://gizmodo.com/how-criterion-collection-brings-movies-back-from-the-de-1501343511
     Video (about 6 1/2 minutes long): http://vimeo.com/84135659

  4 minute video about Technicolor and the three strip Technicolor camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-T8MVrw1L0

  Back in the old days, there were various Hollywood shorts / featurettes that were part of the movie goin' experience. YouTube has a bunch of these available in various quality:
     Hollywood on Parade: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Hollywood+on+Parade%22
     Star Reporter in Hollywood: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Star+Reporter+in+Hollywood%22
     Voice of Hollywood: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Voice+of+Hollywood%22
     Screen Snapshots: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Screen+Snapshots%22
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1. WEBSITES ON SERIALS, WESTERNS, B FILMS, MORE ... SOME HAVE FORUMS / MESSAGE BOARDS.


 Boyd Magers' Western Clippings website: http://www.westernclippings.com

  John McElwee's Greenbriar Picture Shows website has a bunch of photos and text (and is updated often) about old Hollywood. Not much western stuff, but lots of great material at: http://greenbriarpictureshows.blogspot.com/

 The Serial Squadron website is at: http://www.serialsquadron.com
There are forums on various genres including serials, westerns, more. Their original message board is still operating but has little traffic: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/movieserialmessageboards/
Looks like most / all of their chat and messaging functions have moved to Facebook (which is busy and active): https://www.facebook.com/groups/serialsquadron

 Daniel Neyer's "The Files of Jerry Blake" website is all about serials and the people who worked in them: http://filesofjerryblake.com

 You can learn more about the cliffhangers of the silent and sound eras, including a complete listing of silent/sound chapterplays, at Maverick's Serial site: http://www.themaverick.us/home/serial.html

 Web issue 4 of Images, A Journal of Film and Popular Culture has a nice article on cliffhangers at: http://www.imagesjournal.com/issue04/infocus.htm

 Judy Harris has the cast and plot synopsis on the three FLASH GORDON serials starring Buster Crabbe:
     http://www.bestweb.net/~foosie/universe.htm
     http://www.bestweb.net/~foosie/flash1.htm
     http://www.bestweb.net/~foosie/flash2.htm

  Hans Wollstein has a "Meanwhile ... Back At The Ranch" blog about westerns and serials ... and there's lots of info and photos of leading ladies: http://hjwollstein.blogspot.com/

  Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.'s Thrilling Days of Yesteryear has classic movies, television, DVD releases, and old time radio. Plus there's commentary and critiques on films, etc.: https://thrillingdaysofyesteryear.wordpress.com/

  Clifford Weimer (alias "Laughing Gravy") and his In the Balcony website concentrates on old films and series, DVD releases, and there's even a very busy message board with comments and questions about serials, westerns, and more.
     Website is at: http://www.inthebalcony.com/
     Message board is at: http://s13.zetaboards.com/In_The_Balcony/index/

 The Nitrateville website includes silents and talkies (busy and active message board): http://nitrateville.com/

 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has a forum devoted to various genres including westerns (busy and active message board): http://forums.tcm.com/

 The Silver Screen Oasis message board on various genres including westerns (busy and active message board): http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/index.php

  The Classic Horror Film board caters to monsters, horror and sci-fi, but does have a section on weird and wacky westerns (busy and active message board): https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/monsterkidclassichorrorforum/index.php

 "Matinee At The Bijou" ran on PBS TV in the 1980s and featured ol' westerns, serial episodes, more. There were plans to bring the series back on TV with Debbie Reynolds as the host. Their website hasn't been updated since January, 2017: http://matineeatthebijou.blogspot.com/

 Westerns Message board on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was a busy and active message board, but is no longer in operation: http://us.imdb.com/board/bd0000030/threads/

 Golden Age of Hollywood (very little activity on this message board): http://s4.invisionfree.com/Retro_Media/

 Todd Moore has a message board that caters to serial and western fans and more (very little activity on this message board): https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/cliffhangerproductionsmessageboards/

 The Nostalgia League had a website with a chat and message board - but was no longer working when checked during February, 2015: http://thenostalgialeague.com/
Appears they moved the message board, but there's very little activity: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/thenostalgialeague/

 Google Groups - alt.movies.serials (appears to be deserted/no longer in use): http://groups-beta.google.com/group/alt.movies.serials

 Serials and Westerns message board (appears to be deserted/no longer in use): http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/Westerns-and-Serials/

2. COWBOYS, COWGIRLS, SUPPORTING PLAYERS, STUNTMEN, STUNTWOMEN


  Google has many issues of LIFE magazine, some of which have articles on Roy, Gene and Hoppy:
     Roy Rogers: http://www.google.com/search?tbs=bks:1,bkt:m,bkms:1168684103302644245&tbo=p&q=%22roy+rogers%22
     Gene Autry: http://www.google.com/search?tbs=bks:1,bkt:m,bkms:1168684103302644245&tbo=p&q=%22gene+autry%22
     Hopalong Cassidy: http://www.google.com/search?tbs=bks:1,bkt:m,bkms:1168684103302644245&tbo=p&q=%22hopalong+cassidy%22

  Linda Kay has a website on Frankie Darro: http://www.frankiedarro.com/

 Drina Mohacsi's Young Hollywood Hall of Fame website has info on various 'kid' stars: http://www.younghollywoodhof.com/index.html

  Tim Kirk has a blog entitled "Charles Starrett - One Fan's Journey" and he's working on reviews for all of Starrett's films. Included are many stills and lobby cards: http://stevesomething.wordpress.com/

  The Online Archive of California (OAC) is an initiative of the California Digital Library, and they have a few photos of our B-western heroes: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/search.image.html

 Jerry Murbach's Doctor Macro website has many large, high quality photo scans of actresses and actors from the silent era as well as sound films: http://www.doctormacro.com

 Dave Smith's 'When Movies Were Movies' site is about actresses and actors that were born in Indiana (such as Allan Lane, Max Terhune, Ken and Kermit Maynard, etc.): http://www.whenmoviesweremovies.com/

 Steve Jensen, who has a website on Clayton Moore (see Lone Ranger links below), also has a page on John Hart, who portrayed the masked man for one season, was TV's Hawkeye, and star of the Jack Armstrong cliffhanger. The John Hart webpage is at: http://johnhart.tripod.com/index.html

 Stephen Lodge's 'Behind The Scenes' website has some great info and photos of TV shows and movies being made (such as ANNIE OAKLEY, WILD BILL HICKOK, a Johnny Mack Brown western, and more): http://www.movielocationsplus.com/bts/index1.htm

 U.S. Television Office, Inc. is the owner and copyright holder of Hopalong Cassidy. More on the Hoppy character, William Boyd, films, and radio series is at: http://www.hopalong.com/

  The official Roy Rogers and Dale Evans website at royrogers.com has been in the "rebuilding mode" since mid 2013: http://www.royrogers.com/

 The Happy Trails Children's Foundation helps children in need, and also sponsors the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Festival: http://www.happytrails.org/

 The official Gene Autry website is at: http://www.autry.com

 The Autry National Center, formed in 2003 by the merger of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Women of the West Museum, is at: http://theautry.org/

 Willcox, Arizona is home of the Rex Allen Museum and annual 'Rex Allen Days' Festival: http://www.rexallenmuseum.org/

 The Tex Ritter Museum is located at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, Carthage, Texas: https://www.tcmhof.com/museum

 Rob Williams has a website on Hopalong Cassidy: http://members.tripod.com/~compmast/boyd/boyd.html

 Robert Callaghan's website on Jock Mahoney (stuntman, onetime Tarzan and star of TV's RANGE RIDER and YANCY DERRINGER), as well as Guy Madison and Andy Devine in WILD BILL HICKOK, more is at: http://www.dancebob.com/mahoney13/

 David Garrick has a site on Cliff 'Ukelele Ike' Edwards, saddle pal to Tim Holt at RKO: http://www.jazzage1920s.com/cliffedwards/biography/biography.php

 The Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures website is at: http://www.stuntmen.com/

 The Stunt Players Directory website had a memorial page on scores of stuntmen and women, birth and death dates, very brief filmographies, etc. When I checked in August, 2018, it appears that directory is no longer provided: http://stuntplayers.ws/memorial/index.html

 John Hagner's Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall Of Fame is at: http://www.stuntmen.org/

 There was a group of western film fans in California called the 'Trail Riders of the West'. But their website was no longer working as of early 2013: http://trailridersofthewest.tripod.com/
An alternate website for the Trail Riders is online, but hasn't been updated in a couple years: http://www.budreeves.com/trailriders/

3. MUSEUMS, HALL OF FAMES, WALK OF FAMES


 Museum of Western Film History, Lone Pine, California: http://www.lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org/

 The Golden Boot awards ran from 1983 - 2007 and were sponsored by the the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation. There's a section on the Old Corral with a listing of the honorees by year - link is on the Old Corral homepage ... or you can click HERE and a separate window / tab will open.

 YouTube has many videos from the Golden Boot Awards program: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22golden+boot+awards%22

 The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage museum in Oklahoma City is at: http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/ and http://www.cowboyhalloffame.org/

 Dewey, Oklahoma is the home of the Tom Mix Museum: http://www.tommixmuseum.com/

 The Autry National Center, formed in 2003 by the merger of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Women of the West Museum, is at: http://theautry.org/

 The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, Carthage, Texas, includes a Tex Ritter Museum: https://www.tcmhof.com/

  Want to see if your fav western hero is enshrined on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame? Search the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce / Walk Of Fame website at: http://www.walkoffame.com
The Los Angeles Times newspaper website also has links to Walk of Fame honorees: http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/list/

  Newhall, California's Walk of Western Stars honorees: http://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2102.htm and http://oldtownnewhall.com/about-old-town-newhall/walk-of-western-stars/honorees/

4. THE LONE RANGER


  Check out Mark Largent's Lone Ranger website.  There you will find the various Lone Rangers of TV, radio, serials, et al.  I was pleased to provide the serial info and pictures: http://www.endeavorcomics.com/largent/lr1.html

 I've received some e-mails asking whether the two Lone Ranger serials are "lost" or available on videotape.  I've looked into this matter for the past twenty years or so, and have put together a webpage outlining some facts and some scuttlebutt about those two cliffhangers. Click HERE.

 There's a website on the Lone Ranger cartoon series of the mid 1960s and early 1980's: http://superhero.pazsaz.com/loner.html and http://superhero.pazsaz.com/loner2.html

 Mary Spooner's Clayton Moore site is at: http://www.celebhost.net/claytonmoore/

 Steve Jensen's Clayton Moore, The Lone Ranger, site is at: http://claytonmoore.tripod.com/index.html

 And Jensen has a page on John Hart at: http://johnhart.tripod.com/index.html

 And he also has a page on Chuck Courtney, who portrayed the LR's nephew, Dan Reid: http://claytonmoore.tripod.com/chuck.html

 Rick Bulger's Lone Ranger site is at: http://theloneranger.webs.com/

 The Clayton Moore - In Loving Memory website is at: http://nimst.tripod.com/cgi-bin/UC1.html

 The Lone Ranger's Creed, as written by Fran Striker in the 1930s, can be found at: http://www.endeavorcomics.com/largent/ranger/creed.html

 Fran Striker, Jr. also provided some info on the definition and use of the term 'kemo sabe' which is used in the Lone Ranger TV and radio shows: http://www.old-time.com/misc/kemo.html

 And there's some more info on the term kemo sabe at The Straight Dope website: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/971/in-the-old-lone-ranger-series-what-did-kemosabe-mean

5. SILENT FILMS AND STARS


 Jerry Murbach's Doctor Macro website has many large, high quality photo scans of actresses and actors from the silent era as well as sound films: http://www.doctormacro.com

 The Cinemaweb Silent Film Sources website is no longer active. The website had an interesting group of articles on Tom Mix (excerpted from the 1957 memoirs by his wife Olive Stokes Mix) and those articles are on the Internet Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20110927190052/http://www.cinemaweb.com/silentfilm/bookshelf/index.htm

 Silents are Golden is another website devoted to silent films, and their home page is at: http://www.silentsaregolden.com/

 Of interest to cowboy film fans is the 'Silents are Golden' webpage of 1920s era photos of Johnny Mack Brown, Gilbert Roland, Grant Withers, William 'Hoppy' Boyd, Kenneth Harlan, Gary Cooper, Richard Dix and more at: http://www.silentsaregolden.com/photos/photos.html

6. OLD TIME RADIO (OTR)


 The Internet Archive has thousands of old radio shows which you can listen to or download: https://archive.org/details/oldtimeradio

 The Radio Hall of Fame is part of the Museum of Broadcast History (Chicago) website: http://www.radiohof.org/

 Looking for info on an old radio program? Check the Radio GOLD Index: http://www.radiogoldindex.com/

 The American Radio History website has many magazines and periodicals on old time radio shows, schedules and performers: http://www.americanradiohistory.com

 If you're interested in Old Time Radio (OTR), there's a daily e-mail newsletter with a lot of great info on radio programs, including westerns, as well as the Shadow, Fibber McGee & Molly, more.  The subscription page is at: http://www.lofcom.com/nostalgia/maillist.phtml

 Fran Striker wrote zillions of scripts for the Lone Ranger, Green Hornet and other programs.  A bunch of Striker's originals writings, scripts and notes were donated to the University of Buffalo (New York).  Included are notes related to his coordination work with Republic Pictures on the Lone Ranger serials. The following link will take you to the "MS 18 - Francis Hamilton Striker papers, 1929-1986": http://purl.org/net/findingaids/view?docId=ead/archives/ubar_ms0018.xml

 The Lone Ranger's Creed, as written by Fran Striker in the 1930s, can be found at: http://www.endeavorcomics.com/largent/ranger/creed.html

 Francis "Fran' Striker was inducted into the Buffalo (New York) Broadcast Pioneers in 1998. The following link will take you to the Hall of Fame webpage for 1998. For some reason, they have him listed as Frank Striker: http://www.buffalobroadcasters.com/frank-striker/

 Fran Striker, Jr. provided some info on the definition and use of the term 'kemo sabe' which is used in the Lone Ranger TV and radio shows: http://www.old-time.com/misc/kemo.html

 And there's some more info on the term kemo sabe at The Straight Dope website: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/971/in-the-old-lone-ranger-series-what-did-kemosabe-mean

 Jerry Haendiges has an Old Time Radio (OTR) site which has a bunch of logs/listings of radio shows such as THE LONE RANGER and ROY ROGERS programs: http://www.otrsite.com/radiolog/

7. POSTERS, LOBBY CARDS, BIG LITTLE BOOKS, BETTER LITTLE BOOKS, WHITMAN BOOKS, LUNCH BOXES, TOM MIX RALSTON STUFF, ETC.


 You may want to check eBay movie memorabilia: https://www.ebay.com/b/Movie-Memorabilia/196/bn_1865243
The internet has lots of websites on posters, lobby cards, Big Little books, Better Little books, Whitman books, lunch boxes, Tom Mix Ralston stuff, etc. Below are a few links to get you started:

 Just Kids Nostalgia in Huntington, Long Island, has a bunch of stuff available for sale ... along with their eBay auctions: http://www.justkidsnostalgia.com/

 The biglittlebooks.com website has a detailed history of the various books, variations and manufacturers: http://www.biglittlebooks.com/

  Stan Rojo has gotta have one of the largest collections of Gene Autry memorabilia: http://www.autrycollection.com/

 If you're interested in old posters and lobby cards - and auctions of same - go to Bruce Hershenson's Vintage Movie Posters site: http://www.emovieposter.com/

8. COMIC BOOKS - HISTORY & REPRINTS


 Want to view a bunch of comic book covers in fairly large size? Go to GCD, the Grand Comic Book Database: http://www.comics.org/

 The King Features website is at: http://www.kingfeatures.com/

 The DC Comics website is at: http://www.dccomics.com/

 There's a history of Charlton Comics at: http://www.twomorrows.com/comicbookartist/articles/09empire.html

 Ken Pierce also has comic book reprints, and you can find info at: http://www.kenpiercebooks.com/

 The Overstreet Comics Price Guides (and more) are published by Gemstone: http://www.gemstonepub.com

  The Comics Research Bibliography site has many links to comics related websites: http://www.rpi.edu/~bulloj/comxbib.html

9. HOLLYWOOD HISTORY, ACADEMY AWARDS, FILM PRESERVATION, OLD MOVIE THEATERS, CINECOLOR, MOVIE FILM SIZES, NITRATE FILM DECOMPOSITION, ETC.


 The Western Costume Company supplied costumes and props to the movie and TV industry for decades: http://www.westerncostume.com/

  Charles Starrett was one of many Hollywood performers who were involved in the formation of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in the early 1930s: http://www.sagaftra.org/history/sag

 The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) website: http://www.sagaftra.org

  The Library of Congress, American Memory archive concentrates on US history and culture. They do have a few Hollywood cowboy images. Use the search box in the upper right of this webpage: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

  The Fort Lee (New Jersey) Film Commission website has writeups on various production companies that did silent films in and around Fort Lee, New Jersey. This was the film making "hub" before the studios migrated to Hollywood. Go to: http://www.fortleefilm.org/studios.html

  William K. Everson was a noted film historian and author and passed away in 1996. The William K. Everson Archive is housed at the George Amberg Memorial Study Center, Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, at New York University. Included in these archives are Everson's notes about films and people, as well as some images and some full/partial pressbooks: http://www.nyu.edu/projects/wke/index.php

  The UCLA Film and Television Archive Collections is home to over 200,000 films and TV programs and you can search to see if a film exists: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/collections/explore-collections

 The US Patent and Trademark Office has a trademark database where you can search and determine status on various trademarks, many of which are near and dear to our hearts.  Go to their site and do a search on 'Gene Autry', 'Captain Marvel', 'Red Ryder', 'Hopalong Cassidy', 'Lone Ranger', and other cowboy and serial names that might be of interest to you.  The database is at: http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm, and when you get to this page, click on the "search" function in the upper right corner of the page.

 During 1999, the American Film Institute (AFI) conducted a poll to determine the 'Greatest American Screen Legends'.  Not many of our cowboy heroes and heroines made the final cut, but you can see the list of the names in the poll ... such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Gabby Hayes ... and William Boyd ... in Adobe pdf format: http://www.afi.com/Docs/100Years/stars500.pdf

 Buckey's Film History, Preservation, Conservation and Resources website is at: http://cinefan.tripod.com/home.html

 Want to check out the Academy Award winners and nominees over the years. You can search the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) database for the Oscars award at: http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/

 In the old days, there were 'regional' film production companies in operation. The Handbook of Texas Online is a project of the Texas State Historical Association and the website has info on Texas-based companies: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ecf01

 Martin Hart's American Widescreen Museum has explanations of the color processes used in movies.  Several were utilized in the B western - Republic Pictures had MagnaColor and TruColor, and PRC used Cinecolor. These two-strip processes were significantly cheaper than Technicolor, but there were problems. You can read more about Cinecolor at: http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/oldcolor/cinecolor2.htm

 Want to learn more about nitrate film, nitrate decomposition, and the dangers associated with it? Go to:
http://www.filmpreservation.org/preservation-basics/nitrate-degradation
http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/film.html

 Learn about the various sizes of movie film over the past hundred years: http://wichm.home.xs4all.nl/filmsize.html

10. FILM SITES ON THE INTERNET

The internet has lots of websites on specific movies, genres, and time periods. Below are a few links to get you started:

 Greg Hilbrich has a large website on the many shorts produced by Columbia Pictures: https://columbiashortsdept.weebly.com/index.html

 Visit movie guide Brad Lang and his Classic Movies site: http://www.classicmovies.org

 Filmsite has a detailed review and commentary on John Ford's STAGECOACH ... and many other films: http://www.filmsite.org/stagec.html

11. SOUND FILES - MOSTLY TV THEMES

The following websites have sound files on old (and new) TV shows such as THE GABBY HAYES SHOW, THE RANGE RIDER, BUFFALO BILL JR., ADVENTURES OF RIN-TIN-TIN, and more:

 The Wave Themes website is at: http://www.WaveThemes.org

 The 'Whirligig' website in the UK has some downloadable themes of TV westerns: http://www.whirligig-tv.co.uk/tv/children/westerns/index.htm

 ClassicThemes.com is a website with references to a lot of old TV show themes (there are no sound files to download or listen to).  But if you want to know about who created the theme for TVers like BOSTON BLACKIE, WILD BILL HICKOK, more, then take a trip to: http://www.classicthemes.com/

12. SATELLITE/CABLE TV CHANNEL SCHEDULES (AND SOME WEBSITES WILL EVEN SEND OUT REMINDER NOTICES TO YOU)

Many of 'Satellite/Cable/TV schedule' websites require you to do some work in order to deliver your particular schedule ... so you have to identify your zip code, the name of your cable or satellite dish company, etc.  Some require you to 'register' (most are free) in order to access some content.

 Encore Westerns Channel schedule: http://www.encoretv.com/schedule
 Monthly schedule for AMC (American Movie Channel): http://www.amc.com/schedule
 Schedule for TBS: http://www.tbs.com/schedule/
 Schedule for Turner Classics (TCM): http://www.tcm.com/schedule/
 Schedule for TNT: http://www.tntdrama.com/schedule

13. B FILMS AND SERIES, CHARLIE CHAN, TARZAN, JUNGLE JIM, BOMBA THE JUNGLE BOY, THREE STOOGES, LAUREL & HARDY, ABBOTT & COSTELLO, MORE ...


 Official Abbott & Costello website: http://www.abbottandcostello.net/

 The Bowery Boys and all their permutations (such as the East Side Kids, Dead End Kids, etc.): http://boweryboys.bobfinnan.com/

 Dick Curtis, Lynton Brent, Theodore Lorch, Kenneth McDonald, Christyne McIntyre, and lots of other cowboy and serial film performers worked in Columbia shorts, and in particular, the 3 Stooges series.  You can do a search the ThreeStooges.net website at: http://www.threestooges.net/

 Laurel & Hardy Central website is at: http://laurelandhardycentral.com

 The Laurel and Hardy Forum website is at: http://www.laurelandhardyforum.com/portal/

 Kevin Burton Smith's The Thrilling Detective Website has a lot of info on the TV detective shows: http://www.thrillingdetective.com/

 Matt Winan's Bomba the Jungle Boy movie guide is at: http://www.tarzanmovieguide.com/bomba.htm

 Matt's Jungle Jim movie guide is at: http://www.tarzanmovieguide.com/jjim.htm

 Matt's Tarzan movie guide is at: http://www.tarzanmovieguide.com/

 The Dream Vaults of Opar Tarzan site is at: http://www.strangeexcursions.com/vaults/index.htm

 The George Reeves Superman website is at: http://www.jimnolt.com/

 The Superman website has info on the movies, TV show, etc.: http://www.supermanhomepage.com/

 The Astounding B Monster site is at: http://www.bmonster.com/

 The Charlie Chan site is at: http://www.charliechan.net/

14. WESTERN MUSIC, COWBOY SINGIN' GROUPS, WLS BARN DANCE, ETC.


  Calin Coburn, Bob Nolan's grandson, has created a superb website on Nolan with a filmography, biography, photos, and images of posters and lobby cards: http://www.bobnolan-sop.net/

  Adrian DeBee's website on the Hoosier Hotshots novelty singing group is at: http://www.hoosierhotshots.com/

  Roger Hall's Cowboy Songs Corral website has info and photos on several cowboy movie performers and various western tunes: http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/cowboysongs.htm

 Johnny Bond's daughter Sherry Bond had a website on her Dad. But as of early 2006, the site was no longer working (http://www.johnnybond.com/).

  The Sons of the Pioneers singing group website is at: http://www.sonsofthepioneers.org/

  The Riders of the Purple Sage singing group website appears to be no longer working (http://www.ridersofthepurplesage.com).

  The official Riders In The Sky website is at: http://ridersinthesky.com/

  Bobbie Melody has the 'Riders In The Sky Cyberpals' website: http://www.ritscyberpals.com

  Many of the cowboy performers such as Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Max Terhune, Rex Allen, Eddie Dean and others worked at the National Barn Dance radio show which originated from WLS radio in Chicago (and much later over Chicago's WGN radio).  The Barn Dance began their broadcasts in 1924, one year before the Grand Ole Opry show started.  You can read a bit of history about the Barn Dance at: http://www.otrsite.com/articles/artjf008.html

 The cowgirls.com website has a page on Patsy Montana: http://www.cowgirls.com/dream/cowgals/montana.htm

  The Country Music Association (CMA) is at: http://www.cmaworld.com/

  The Country Music Hall of Fame winners include Tex Ritter, Bob Wills, Gene Autry, the Sons of the Pioneers, Johnny Bond, Roy Rogers, more: http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org/full-list-of-inductees/

  The Nashville Songwriters Foundation Hall Of Fame includes Jimmy Wakely, Gene Autry, Johnny Bond, Smiley Burnette, Ray Whitley, Tex Ritter, Bob Nolan, Bob Wills, more.  The link below will take you to their website and when you get there, click on 'Hall of Fame': http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/

  Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame honorees: http://ccmhof.com/colomain/inductees.htm

15. OTHER WEBSITES OF INTEREST


 The US Government copyright office has a database which can be searched.  Be a bit cautious with this information as 'copyright ownership' is different than someone who has a license to utilize a character, name, etc. in a film, TV show, recording, et al.  Go to: http://www.copyright.gov/

 The US Patent and Trademark Office has a trademark database where you can search and determine status on various trademarks, many of which are near and dear to our hearts.  Go to their site and do a search on 'Gene Autry', 'Captain Marvel', 'Red Ryder', 'Hopalong Cassidy', 'Lone Ranger', and other cowboy and serial names that might be of interest to you.  The database is at: http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm, and when you get to this page, click on the "search" function in the upper right corner of the page.

 If you're interested in old records and record labels - or want to find out what happened to a record company - go to the Album Discographies website at: http://www.bsnpubs.com/discog.html

  The Digital Scriptorium Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University has a searchable database named Ad*Access which contains 1920s - 1950s advertising: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/adaccess/browse.html

 Jim Tipton's 'Find A Grave' site lists the interment location for many celebrities, and the main page is at: http://www.findagrave.com/

 Tim Thompson has a site on Drive-in Theaters: http://www.driveintheater.com/

 Want to visit some real ghost towns? Go to: http://www.ghosttowns.com/

 Elizabeth Larson has a great website on the stagecoach: http://www.over-land.com/coach.html

 The Wells Fargo website has info on their stagecoaches: https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/history/stagecoach/

 Like to read about the 'real' west ... how about the legendary Lost Dutchman's Mine and Superstition Mountains? Go to: http://www.lost-dutchman.com/dutchman/dutch.shtml

 The HistoryNet website has a bunch of articles on the 'real' Wild West. Go to: http://www.historynet.com/magazines/wild_west

 The Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin has a lot of old circus wagons, some of which were from circuses owned by the western film heroes: http://circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org/

16. INTERNET DATABASES ON FILMS AND STARS


There are several movie databases available on the Internet.  The main issue is that they are generally updated by folks like you or I, thus some of the data may be inaccurate or incomplete.  But if you have a question about a movie title or a person associated with films, you should check these websites:

   The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has a searchable database on actors, actresses, films, directors, studios, etc.: http://us.imdb.com/

 Trying to recall the name of a cliffhanger?  This is not a searchable database, but Joseph Scoleri III's 'Maverick' website has listings of all silent and sound serials: http://www.themaverick.us/home/serial.html

  If you're looking for info on silent era people and films, you can search the American Film Institute (AFI) catalog: http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/silentHome.aspx

17. TRUSTY STEEDS / MOVIE HORSES


Please visit the 'Trusty Steeds' / Movie Horses section on the Old Corral. Link is on the Old Corral homepage ... or you can click HERE and a separate window / tab will open.

18. 1950s - 1960s TV SHOWS (mostly westerns)


Please visit the Old Corral pages on TV Westerns. Link is on the Old Corral homepage ... or you can click HERE and a separate window / tab will open.

19. MOVIE LOCATIONS


Please visit the Old Corral pages on Movie Locations. Link is on the Old Corral homepage ... or you can click HERE and a separate window / tab will open.

20. DVDs, VIDEOs


There's a large section on Videos and DVDs on the Old Corral, and the link is on the Old Corral homepage ... or you can click HERE and a separate window / tab will open.

21. BOOKS AND PRINT PUBLICATIONS


There's a large section on books and print publications on the Old Corral, and the link is on the Old Corral homepage ... or you can click HERE and a separate window / tab will open.

22. FILM FESTIVALS, EVENTS


The "Bunkhouse News" section on the Old Corral lists various film fests and events, and the link is on the Old Corral homepage ... or you can click HERE and a separate window / tab will open.

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