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Those Old Western Movies




If you are like me (in the 70s age group in 2019), you may remember going to the movies on Saturday afternoon as a kid. I remember the 9 cent admission charge and, with my mother giving each of us a dime, my brother and I could still buy a piece of candy for a penny. The matinee often featured a western movie or had an ongoing serial which would last several Saturdays in a row as an introduction to the main movie. You might see the Lone Ranger and Tonto, the Cisco kid and Pancho, the Durango Kid or other cowboy stars and their side kicks.

Those Saturday afternoon memories came rushing back when my brother sent me a website link he thought I would enjoy. It was a link to an eight-minute video entitled Whatever happened to those old westerns and their stars?. Over 60 cowboy actors are shown against a backdrop of one or more of their western movie posters. The birth date is listed for each along with their death date if after 2006 (the video date.) While watching the cowboy stars going by, you hear the Statler Brothers singing "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" followed by theme song music from "High Noon" and the "Paladin" TV series. Take a walk down memory lane from those many years ago by clicking on the highlighted video title.

Please note that this copy of the video has been on and off the internet over the years and should not be directly copied to your computer but sending the link is permissible. While viewing the video, do not click on any of the "Start Now" page links or the video will be terminated. Don't worry if you do, just re-start the video. Sometime after February 2019 when I last checked this video, I was informed by a reader that the video requires an updated Flash Player to view the video. I updated my flash player to version 32.0.0.255 and had no problem playing the video. After updating be sure to refresh your browser (or simply turn off your computer and turn back on again) before re-trying to play the video. I check this link at least annually along with insuring that other links in my stories are still working, but let me konw if it is no longer functioning properly when you view the video. Thanks.