Helen Talbot was signed by Republic Pictures after she appeared as one
of the Goldwyn Girls in Up in Arms. She said she thought it might be
fun to work in westerns and not just be part of the scenic backdrop. In
her first western with Don Red Barry, she was assigned a horse called
Tucson and told to practice riding him before appearing on camera.
Everything was fine until the horse threw her off, causing her to tear
her split riding skirt. She said the wranglers were very sympathetic
and got her cleaned up in a hurry. But one wrangler said, " You should
get back on the horse immediately so that you can get used to it."
After a few riding sessions, Helen told an interviewer that she and
Tucson became the best of friends. However in the film, "Canyon City"
and the subsequent films she made with Barry and the other Republic
western stars she did very little riding. Her other two films with
Barry were California JOE and OUTLAWS OF SANTE FE. Contrary to
Hollywood gossip, she was never married to Barry but they were good
friends for many years until his death in 1980.
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