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20 or More Things That You Never Knew About Roy Rogers
Hey, Roy Rogers fans, here is a Pop Test! Of the list below, which actor was NOT a part of the Roy Rogers Show ensemble:
His Show Name was
Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye, November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998) was an American singer and actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife, Dale Evans; his golden palomino, Trigger; and his German shepherd dog, Bullet. His show was broadcast on radio for nine years and then on television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often Pat Brady, Andy Devine, Pat Buttram or George "Gabby" Hayes. In his later years, Rogers lent his name to the franchise chain of Roy Rogers Restaurants.
Dale Evans (born Lucille Wood Smith; October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001) was an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She was the third wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers with Lucille Ascolese 1933 - 1936 and Grace Arlene Wilkins 1936 - 1946.
Can you believe that Rogers' birth name was Leonard Franklin Slye? I found it tough myself to believe that clean-cut, all-American Roy Rogers known far and wide for being wholesome, humble, and willing to fight for the weak was Leonard Franklin Slye, but stranger things have happened as you veteran hubbers know.
Furthermore, can you also believe that Dale Evans, firm-spoken, but with a soft smile had her birth name as Lucille Wood Smith? I am not being cute, but I can understand why the famous duo of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans did not go with Leonard Slye and Lucille Smith because in every Hollywood circle of the industry, no one even remotely going to have an acting career by using their real name. I am not being harsh, but honest.
I Fondly Remember
the rush that I had at age seven to be able to get in front of my sister's new Philco black and white television each Saturday morning to watch the Roy Rogers Show that always starred Dale Evans and Rogers' sidekick, Gabby Hayes.
Of course there were always bad guys wearing black hats--looking distrusting and speaking to other bad men in soft tones probably planning someone's bank (to be robbed) and always have the classic western get-away with the bank robbers being chased by Roy, Dale, Gabby, with Bullet, Rogers' German Shepherd, Trigger, Rogers' "Smartest Horse," and Buttermilk, Evans' cute and cuddly horse.
I always pulled for Rogers, Evans and Hayes along with their favorite animals, but one thing I never grasped. That was while Rogers and gang were chasing the bad men, Rogers would always be firing off his bone-handled 45's and never hitting any bad guy on the horses. Looks like to me that after so many scripted western shows, Rogers would understand this useless ploy, be wiser than the bank robbers and devise a clever trap and save all of those bullets.
Yes, those were the days alright. Roy, Dale, Gabby and company fighting for the right, investigating another land deed scam and other assorted crimes that were always solved at show's end. But I can tell you here for the very first time, that there some rather controversial 20 or More Things That You Never Knew About Roy Rogers.
TV Westerns Fact!
This famous actor is none other than Gabby Hayes photo for NBC in 1953 used when he starred in The Roy Rogers Show.
Along with Hayes being one of the most comical sidekicks for Rogers, Hayes' I.Q. was exceptionally high, but never flaunted this amazing fact and knew a lot about history as well as early music styles.
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- Roy Rogers would never attempt to climb into an authentic gorilla suit and then charge onto the set of the Roy Rogers Show growling at the stage hands as if the "gorilla" had escaped from the local zoo.
- Roy Rogers was never seen in any issue of Playboy and so did Dale Evans never pose seductively in any issue of Playboy or even the tempting, Hustler magazine. No, sir. These things were 100% taboo. I can say the same for Trigger, Buttermilk, Bullet and even Gabby Hayes. All were as clean as Clorox.
- When fist-a-cuffs were going on with Roy and some bully (wearing black), Roy's fist never caused blood to be shed on any bully's face or chin. And I can attest to the same thing concerning Bullet, Buttermilk, Trigger and Gabby Hayes.
- When the Roy Rogers Show was being filmed, no one ever heard any vulgar or profane words or off-color jokes by Roy Rogers on or off the stage.
- Bullet, Roy's German Shepherd never bit any of the stars or stagehands while working on the Roy Rogers Show. And none of the stagehands or vendors ever abused Bullet, Trigger, or Buttermilk.
- Roy Rogers was so conservative that he never sang any suggestive songs or whistled any off-color tunes.
- I am not anyone to boast, but even all-American, Andy Griffith, was not considered as clean-cut as Roy Rogers. And that is saying a mouthful.
- When Roy Rogers' wife, Dale Evans was being filmed in scenes, the camera operators never filmed any shot lower than her waist--not that she showed any flesh, it was just the clear understanding by Roy Rogers that if Evans did accidentally stumble and a flash of leg was shown, the cameraman would instantly be terminated without pay.
- Trigger, Buttermilk, and Bullet never were guilty of over-eating while on the Roy Rogers Show or off doing publicity photos by the show's studios.
- Many times it was uncovered that many of Gabby Hayes' lines were adlibbed while doing scenes with Rogers or Evans.
- And it was kept covered up (until recently) that it was fully understood that Gabby Hayes was not to cause Roy Rogers or Dale Evans to burst out laughing thanks to Hayes' hilarious pranks.
- Roy Rogers in his entire career in film and television never resorted to wearing funny disguises just to get a laugh to cause the stagehands to be relaxed while working.
- Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes or any of the stagehands, producers, directors and scripwriters ever ran a 40-yard-dash to show that Rogers, Hayes, and (sometimes Dale Evans) were always the fastest feet in Hollywood.
- At no time was once-popular NBC news anchor, Tom Brokaw ever tonguelashed by Roy Rogers for eating during lunch break when NBC and Roy Rogers were both young.
- Roy Rogers, even if he had been given to the occasional clean prank, never jumped any length of space on a pogo stick.
- Roy Rogers never took a drink of whiskey, beer, any alcoholic beverage. His high standards and quality television show would not allow Rogers to tolerate such foolishness.
- Roy Rogers and Dale Evans although married, never kissed while on the set of the Roy Rogers Show for not wanting to cause a storm of controversy for in the early 1950s, not kissing their spouse "was" considered a controversy.
- Speaking of Roy and Dale's marriage, Roy never got any side of his face slapped by Dale due to some irritating misunderstanding, nor did Roy ever slap her face for whatever reason. Why? In those days of the highest of morals, and I respect that, a simple lover's slap would have decimated the great public relations built by Roy and Dale and the show, the Roy Rogers Show would have to be canceled.
- At no time was Roy Rogers ever seen running in a gorilla suit growling at the innocent tourists who paid to take tours on NBC when the Roy Rogers Show was very popular.
- Gabby Hayes, although a comic and cut-up, had an I.Q. that could easily understand Einstein's "Remedial Version of Quantum Physics."
- Dale Evans never sang in any opera famous or generic.
- The animal handlers made sure that Roy Rogers took special care of the healthy diets given by Trigger, Bullet and Buttermilk.
Note: I could easily reveal more things that never Roy Rogers attempted, but covering that amount of knowledge about Roy Rogers, "King of The Cowboys," is awfully difficult to digest.
Most legends are like that.
And a fond salute to Clayton Moore. Need I take time to explain who this is?
Good night, Orange Beach, Florida.
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