Behind the Scenes ...
Nothing super or surprising here --- just a hodge podge of pictures of cowboy film performers at home or play, doing outside performances, relaxing while on the set, etc.
(Courtesy of Martha Crawford Cantarini)
Above photo taken January, 1937 at the Will Rogers Memorial polo field at the Uplifter's Club, Santa Monica, California. The winners of the 1st annual polo tournament for the Will Rogers Memorial Trophy are, from L-to-R: film executive Walter Wanger, Tim Holt, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, and sportsman Carl Crawford. In the center is Mrs. Will Rogers. Tim would have been around 19 years old at the time of this photo.
(Courtesy of Ruth Hewitt & Minard Coons)
Above from L-to-R are Roy Rogers, Patsy Montana, Illinois Governor Green and Rex Allen at the Illinois State Fair, August, 1946, in Springfield, Illinois. Allen was performing on the Barn Dance radio show from Chicago, and Roy was a guest on the program which originated from the fair.
(Courtesy of Edith Maynard)
Above is Kermit Maynard, younger brother of Ken Maynard, and a great stuntman/supporting player, relaxing in the backyard of his California home.
(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
World War II memories - Sergeant Gene Autry on the left with Max Terhune. Both Autry and Terhune had become good friends while working at the Barn Dance radio show (originating from Chicago radio station WLS and and much later, over WGN). Gene called Terhune out to Hollywood to be in his film RIDE, RANGER, RIDE (Republic, 1936).
(Photo Courtesy of Donn & Nancy Moyer)
Taking a break during the filming of the unbelievable chariot race in BEN HUR are, from L-to-R, famous horse trainer Glenn Randall, stuntman/second unit director Yakima Canutt in the chariot, and Charlton Heston on the far right.