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Smith Ballew (1902–1984)

Began in show business as a radio singer. In the early 1930s he became one of the first singing screen cowboys. He starred in a series of musical westerns for Paramount, and another series for 20th Century Fox. In later years he was featured in supporting roles well into the 1950s. See full bio »


(age 82) in Longview, Texas, USA

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 1951 The Red Badge of Courage
Captain (uncredited)
 1950 I Killed Geronimo
Lt. Furness
 1950 Federal Man
James Snow - Mining Engineer (uncredited)
 1949 Gun Cargo
Singing Sailor
 1949 The Mutineers
Beasly (uncredited)
 1948 Tex Granger: Midnight Rider of the Plains
'Marshal' Blaze Talbot
 1946 Under Arizona Skies
Band Singer
 1946 Drifting Along
Band Singer Smith
 1945 The Man Who Walked Alone
Alvin Bailey
 1940 Gaucho Serenade
Buck Benson
 1938 Panamint's Bad Man
Larry Kimball, alias John Smith
 1938 Rawhide
Larry Kimball
 1938 Hawaiian Buckaroo
Jeff Howard
 1937 Roll Along, Cowboy
Randy Porter
 1937 Western Gold
Bill Gibson
 1937 Racing Lady
Steven Wendel
 1936 Palm Springs
 1932 Rambling 'Round Radio Row #4 (Short)
Smith Ballew - Singer
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CD: "Honeymoon Parade" See more »

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Alternate Names:

Buddy Blue


6' 5" (1.96 m)

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Besides being a popular radio singer, he recorded hundred of records, as one of the prominent studio vocalists. His smooth, honest style of singing was featured on many important hot jazz sides of the late 1920s and early 1930s (a good example of his vocal style on a great hot jazz record is his vocal on Frank Traumbauer's version of "Happy Feet" from 1930, which is available on CD). He also had ... See more »

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