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(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above - Charles Starrett and Russell Hayden in OVERLAND TO DEADWOOD (Columbia, 1942) which is one of the lost/missing Starrett Columbias. After eight as the second lead with Starrett, Hayden got his own starring series at Columbia.

Below - Hayden is about to mix it up in this lobby card from OVERLAND TO DEADWOOD (Columbia, 1942). Standing on the far right - and wearing his trademarked hat - is Art Mix (George Kesterson) who was a prolific henchie in Columbia oaters.




(From Old Corral image collection)




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Hayden, Shirley Patterson (later, Shawn Smith) and Bob Wills of Texas Playboys fame, in a scene from Hayden's THE VIGILANTES RIDE (Columbia, 1944). Hayden is riding 'Copper' which has a smaller white face blaze than his earlier mount 'Banjo'. The paint that Wills is riding is horse trainer Ralph McCutcheon's 'Diablo', which in later years, became the mount used by Duncan Renaldo in his Cisco Kid films at United Artists as well as the Cisco Kid TV program.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Hayden wore a mountie uniform in 'NEATH CANADIAN SKIES (Screen Guild, 1946), one of four post World War II mountie adventures for Golden Gate/Screen Guild. The pretty lady pictured in the above lobby card is Inez Cooper, who always reminded me of a young Yvonne DeCarlo. At the cave entrance on the right are Hayden and veteran supporting player Kermit Maynard.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are Russell Hayden and pretty Jennifer Holt, the sister of Tim Holt, in a scene from TRAIL OF THE MOUNTIES (Screen Guild, 1947).



(Courtesy of Theresa Schuyler)

Above from L-to-R are Russell Hayden, Tim Spencer (of the Sons of the Pioneers singing group), William Boyd and Roy Rogers. This photo is from the "Western Hall of Fame Hoss Opera" at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on November 28, 1948. It was organized by Tim Spencer and singer/song writer Cindy Walker (who wrote "You Don't Know Me" and many more tunes, including nearly all of the Bob Wills songs in Hayden's starring films at Columbia Pictures).



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is the title lobby card for FAST ON THE DRAW (Lippert, 1950), one of the six quickies that Hayden and James Ellison made for producer Ron Ormond and director Thomas Carr. The other five were: COLORADO RANGER, HOSTILE COUNTRY, MARSHAL OF HELDORADO, WEST OF THE BRAZOS and CROOKED RIVER. Note that Ellison gets top billed over Hayden.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - James Ellison in his buckskins has the drop on Hayden, and on the far left is Raymond Hatton (wearing suit) and I. Stanford Jolley (in bar apron) in this lobby card from COLORADO RANGER (Lippert, 1950). Background performers include George Sowards (red shirt) and Carl Mathews (white hat behind Ellison).



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Russell Hayden (on the left) and James Ellison (on the right) have the drop on everyone in the saloon in this lobby card from HOSTILE COUNTRY (Lippert, 1950). One-time hero Tom Tyler is seated at the table, next to the napping George J. Lewis.



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