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Those Old Western Movies




If you are like me (in the 60s age group), you'll probably 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 when appropriate. While watching the cowboy stars going by, you hear the Statler Brothers singing "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" followed by the Sons of the Pioneers singing their classic "Cool Water." Duane Eddy finishes the background music by singing "High Noon" and the theme from "Paladin."

Take a walk down memory lane by clicking on the highlighted video title above.