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Remembering Rogers' Unfairly Neglected, Subversive Musical Western

Remembering Rogers' Unfairly Neglected, Subversive Musical Western
Roy Rogers, Singing Cowboy of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. Known for his affable characterizations and, both on and off screen, “traditional values” stance, the King of the Cowboys – step aside, John Wayne & Gene Autry – toplined the “subversive” 1938 musical Western Under Western Stars. Sound bites: Remembering Roy Rogers & 'subversive' singing cowboy movie 'Under Western Stars' It is a typically hot day in Palm Springs on May 5, 2001, as I sit outside the Palm Springs Museum at the invitation of Roy Rogers' oldest daughter, Cheryl, while a star in his remembrance is placed on the sidewalk in front of the building. I am seated next to Ruth Terry, a lady with whom I am totally unfamiliar, but who, it transpires, was a leading lady to both Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. As we talk, it is obvious that she is also a very sensible and charming lady. I express my vote for Roy Rogers over Gene Autry, and
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Sunset in the West

This charming Roy Rogers oater could reboot interest in vintage ‘series’ westerns. Basically a film for little kids, it’s earnestly played by all concerned and director William Witney’s direction sparkles. The added filip that makes the difference is the beautifully restored Trucolor image — Roy’s wonder horse Trigger is indeed magnificent. I listened carefully, but I don’t think Roy actually says, “Yippie-ki-yay, M_____f____r.”

Sunset in the West

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Kl Studio Classics

1950 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 67 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 19.95

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Estelita Rodriguez, Penny Edwards, Gordon Jones, Will Wright, Pierre Watkin, Charles La Torre, William Tannen, Gaylord Pendleton, Paul E. Burns, Dorothy Ann White, Riders of the Purple Sage.

Cinematography: Jack Marta

Color by Trucolor

Film Editor: Tony Martinelli

Original Music: R. Dale Butts

Special Effects: Howard & Theodore Lydecker

Written by Gerald Geraghty

Produced by Edward J. White

Directed
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T Bone Burnett Will Write Music for Broadway-Bound Roy Rogers Musical, Happy Trails; Menken & Slater Depart Creative Team

ProducerLarry G. SpanglerandThe Spangler Groupannounced today thatT Bone Burnetthas joined the creative team ofHappy Trails,thenew Broadway-bound musical based on the life and career of American icons Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans. The music world legend will be writing the score music and lyrics for the musical, which will feature a book by Academy Award-winnerMarshall BrickmanAnnie Hall, Manhattan,Jersey Boys, The Addams Family and direction by two-time Tony Award-winnerDes McAnuffJersey Boys, Big River, Tommy. Due to a scheduling conflict, the previously announced songwriting team ofAlan Menkenmusic andGlenn Slaterlyrics has departed the production.
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Breaking News: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Musical Happy Trails Coming to Broadway in 2016? Menken, Slater & McAnuff Join Creative Team

Producer Larry G. Spangler and The Spangler Group announced today the creative team for Happy Trails, a new musical based on the life and career of American icons Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans. The musical will feature original music by Tony and multiAcademy Award-winner Alan Menken Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act, lyrics by Tony nominee Glenn Slater Sister Act, Tangled, ABC-tv's Galavant, upcoming School of Rock, a book by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman Annie Hall, Manhattan, Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, and direction by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff Jersey Boys, Big River, Tommy.
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Alan Menken to return to Broadway with Roy Rogers musical 'Happy Trails'

Alan Menken to return to Broadway with Roy Rogers musical 'Happy Trails'
Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are turning from the medieval knights of Galavant to a Hollywood cowboy. Producers today announced that Menken and Slater are writing the music and lyrics for Happy Trails, a new musical heading to Broadway about Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans. Marshall Brickman, who won an Academy Award for co-writing Annie Hall with Woody Allen, is responsible for the book, and Tony winner Des McAnuff will direct.
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Roy, Dale, Bogie…And Me

Talking with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans’ daughter in front of an audience at the William S. Hart Museum on Friday night was as much a treat for me as it was for the attentive crowd. Even though I’ve enjoyed a long friendship with Cheryl Rogers Barnett and her husband Larry, I learn new things every time we chat. Her memories of growing up with two pop-culture legends are candid, crystal-clear, and often quite amusing. Did you know that Roy once appeared on the cover of a hot rod magazine, alongside two professional drivers, after setting a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats—in the family’s station wagon? You can read more in Cheryl’s delightful book Cowboy Princess, available...

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Singing Hollywood Cowboy Roy Rogers to Ride Again on Broadway

Singing Hollywood Cowboy Roy Rogers to Ride Again on Broadway
New York -- Marshall Brickman will lead the creative team on an untitled new musical based on the life and career of Roy Rogers, the iconic "King of the Cowboys" who headlined countless Hollywood Westerns in the 1940s and 1950s. Photos: Broadway Musicals That Have Sung Their Way to the Big Screen Among the most heavily merchandised stars of his era, Rogers appeared -- usually alongside his wife, Dale Evans, his golden palomino ,Trigger, and his trusty dog, Bullet -- in close to 100 features during his heyday. He also headlined The Roy Rogers Show, which began as a Western radio serial before

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"American Idol" Recap: Steven Tyler's Drag Race

Look, I remember seasons 10 and 11. I know Steven Tyler was less a judge and more a starved mule dressed as Jimmy Buffett. I get that. But in his stupid, hacky cameo on last night's Idol as a busty blonde auditioner, I admit I kind of fell for the guy. Was it his go-for-broke attitude? His don't-give-a-f*ck spirit? His convincing womanliness? His blushing skull? Not really. It was the fact that he introduced himself with a full drag persona, one that he gleefully co-opted from (get ready) Paris is Burning! Watch as Steven-effing-Tyler introduces himself as "Pepper Labeija from the House of Labeija." Watch! I still can't believe it.

Now, it's possible that an Idol producer or gay stagehand threw Steven a name and persona to use for the moment. It's possible Steven has never seen Paris is Burning, and it's possible that Malcolm McLaren's "Deep in Vogue" means nothing to him.
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What children want to be when they grow up: From the archive, 9 November 1950

Being a film star not high up on the list of 1950's children's career ambitions

Only 2 per cent of the boys and 5 per cent of the girls answered "Film actor" or "Film actress" to the question in a Government "quiz" on cinema-going "What would you most like to be when you grow up?" When they were asked which of sixteen film stars they would like to be nearly one in seven said "None." The children's ambitions were, on the whole, very practical, says the report, issued to-day, of a social survey made by the Central Office of Information in 1948 for the Departmental Committee on Children and the Cinema.

Answering the careers question, which was put only to children in the 10-15 age group, 58 per cent of the boys made "realistic" choices. So did 73 per cent of the girls. Compared with 36 per cent of the boys, only 15 per cent of the
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Christian Bale – His Five Best, Most Under-Appreciated Films

Article by Charlie Dunlap

John Connor….Bruce Wayne…..Every film lover worth his or her own salt is aware of the iconic characters which have made Christian Bale a household celebrity name, but what about the other past roles that have gotten him to where he is today? According to IMDb, Bale has appeared in roughly 45 roles (including a few television stints) since 1987′s powerful Empire Of The Sun, in which he filled the shoes of the unrecognizably young, Jamie Graham. With Bale once again splashing across the headlines – most recently regarding his visits to the Aurora hospitals housing victims of the recent Colorado theater shootings, this writer has decided that it’s the perfect time to present five of Bale’s best, more obscure and under-appreciated films, all presented in ascending chronological order:

1) Velvet Goldmine – 1998

Still a relative unknown at this time, Bale tackles the role of British newspaper reporter,
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Irene Dunne, Lucille Ball, General Patton: Color Photos

Irene Dunne Irene Dunne, Lucille Ball, Orson Welles and nearly two dozen other celebrities of the mid-20th century are to be found in Washington's National Portrait Gallery exhibition “In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits From the Harry Warnecke Studio.” In the New York Times, Neil Genzlinger explains that Harry Warnecke was a photographer for New York's The Daily News who "understood early — in the 1930s — that a newspaper with a color photograph in it would have an edge over the competition." During his years as a news photographer, Warnecke shot movie stars and other celebrities in show business, sports, and the military. As can be attested by the "In Vibrant Color" images, those ranged from Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and General George S. Patton and future U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Of the "In Vibrant Color" images I've seen, the one
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Roy Rogers rides again at the BFI London film festival

He's been all but forgotten, but the Lff's restrospective should spur new interest in the singing cowboy and his palomino, Trigger

It's as if Roy Rogers never existed. The "singing cowboy" has almost entirely disappeared from our screens. The only time you're likely to catch a glimpse of him is when Bob Hope movie Son of Paleface turns up on television – it features Rogers gently sending himself up, as well as his beautiful palomino Trigger, surely the most good-looking horse in the history of westerns, performing a dance.

Rogers (whose real name was Leonard Slye) made more than 80 films. Early in his career, he was one of the original Sons of the Pioneers, the cowboy singing group whose songs included Tumbling Tumbleweeds (featured in The Big Lebowski) and Cool Water. He had his own radio show, his own TV show and there was even a restaurant chain bearing his name.
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Dennis O’Neil: Superman, Captain Midnight and Me

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Yeah, that’s him, little Denny, aged six or seven (or maybe even five), dragging the kitchen chair across the linoleum and putting it next to the icebox. He climbs up on it and then he’s close to Mom’s radio. He knows which knobs to turn, he knows how to find what comes from the speaker, what is very important: his programs.

Every weekday afternoon, after school, from 3:30 to six – dinner time, Dad’s nightly return from Work (and work is also very important, though Denny doesn’t know why) – Denny listens to Tom Mix and Superman and Hop Harrigan and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy (what other kind of boy could there be?) and what may be his very, very favorite, Captain Midnight. Mom has her programs, too – Ma Perkins and Young Doctor Malone and some others – but Denny thinks they’re no better than okay.
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Offline Travels, Michigan.

Just a heads up that I'm officially on vacation and maybe in an airplane as you read this. It's the mellow kind of vacay as I have no pennies to my name, which is good timing because i think my internet/cable is about to be shut off. Oopsie! (hey it was that or the air conditioning and I was melting!) I'll be (mostly) off line reconnecting with old friends and my siblings who I haven't seen in way way too long. Years.

Incidentally, though I will be in Michigan just as it's happening, it's mere coincidence that this is also the week of the Traverse City Film Festival. (I've never been but maybe they'll invite me as a special guest some year. winkwink.)

The festival was founded by Michael Moore and this year it's having its biggest year ever as it received a $20,000 grant from AMPAS which the board
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Stars Of Classic Western TV Series To Attend Memphis Film Festival, June 2-4

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This year's Memphis Film Festival will include a tribute to Roy Rogers, seen here with Dale Evans.

Many stars from classic Western TV series of the 1960s will be appearing at this year's Memphis Film Festival, which ironically is not held in Memphis. The event takes place in nearby Olive Branch, Ms. Guest include James Stacy, James Drury, Peter Brown, Randy Boone, Barbara Luna and James Hampton. There will also be a celebration of Roy Rogers' 100th birthday. For info click here
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Roy Rogers' Stuffed Pets Fetch Over $300,000 At Auction

Roy Rogers' Stuffed Pets Fetch Over $300,000 At Auction
Movie cowboy Roy Rogers' stuffed pet dog Bullet and his horse Trigger have been sold for over $300,000 (£200,000) at auction in New York.

The odd items have been the highlights of the auction of the actor/singer's belongings.

The Nebraska TV executive who bought Bullet on Thursday for $35,000 (£23,300) also bought Trigger on Wednesday for more than $266,000 (£177,300).

The buyer, Steve Campione, says his TV network hopes to start a museum of Rogers artifacts.

The preserved remains of Rogers' wife Dale Evans' horse, Buttermilk, were also auctioned on Thursday, and went under the hammer for $25,000 (£16,600).

Christie's Horses Around With Roy Rogers' "Trigger"

Christie's, the New York Auctioneers have placed cowboy singer/actor Roy Roger's famous stuffed horse 'Trigger' up for sale.

The golden palamino, originally named 'Golden Cloud', was foaled July 4, 1934 on a ranch co-owned by Bing Crosby. In 1937, the horse, standing 15 hands high and registered with the Palomino Horse Association and Stud Book Registry, was sold to Hudkins Stables, a Hollywood provider of animals.

Golden Cloud's early acting resume included playing the horse of 'Maid Marian' in the 1938 feature "The Adventures of Robin Hood" with actress Olivia de Havilland famously riding Golden Cloud side saddle.

Casting horses For the film "Under Western Stars", star Roy Rogers fell in love with Golden Cloud and purchased the palomino for $2,500.

"He would turn on a dime and give you 9 cents change", said Rogers at the time, re-naming the horse 'Trigger', as he was "quick on the trigger".

Rogers never used reins,
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Roy Rogers’ Trigger to Be Auctioned

Attention Roy Rogers fans (with deep pockets). The remains of Trigger, Rogers’ co-star in My Pal Trigger and other 1940s Republic Westerns, will be auctioned by Christie’s in New York City. The auction includes not only what’s left of Trigger but also a number of items from the now-defunct Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri, according to an Associated Press report. (Dale Evans was Rogers’ wife and frequent co-star. In later years, Evans could be seen on Christian TV shows.) Trigger — who, of course, had no say on the matter — was preserved with taxidermy in 1965. The presale estimate for the dead horse ranges from $100,000 to $200,000. In this rough economy — or in any type of economy — animal-welfare charities would be thrilled to get that sort of money.
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For Sale: Roy Rogers' Preserved Horse

An auction next week in New York will feature the belongings of movie cowboy Roy Rogers—including the preserved remains of his famous horse, Trigger. Christie's in Manhattan held a preview today, the AP reports . The items are from the now-closed Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Mo. Rogers had his faithful companion preserved with taxidermy in 1965. The presale estimate for the dead horse is $100,000 to $200,000. The auction also will offer another kind of horsepower—Rogers' 1964 Bonneville convertible, adorned with collectible silver dollars. It's estimated at $100,000 to $150,000. Hand-drawn...
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Stuffed Trigger To Be Sold At Auction

Stuffed Trigger To Be Sold At Auction
One of Hollywood's most beloved animal stars is to be sold off at auction - even though it's dead.

Country cowboy and singer Roy Rogers had his trusty equine sidekick Trigger stuffed when the animal died in 1965.

A taxidermist was commissioned to mount the animal in a rearing position.

Now, the creature is to be sold off next month (14-15Jul10) during a weekend clear-out at the former Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum, which closed last year.

Christie's experts will oversea the sale of 300 items in association with High Noon Western Americana.

Trigger is expected to go under the hammer for between $100,000 and $200,000 (£66,600 to £133,300).
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