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.