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(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from L-to-R are Bob Steele, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Hoot Gibson, Harry Carey and a wounded Tom Tyler in a scene from POWDERSMOKE RANGE (RKO, 1935).  This early Three Mesquiteers film had Carey as Tucson Smith, Gibson as Stony Brooke, and Williams as Lullaby Joslin. Steely eyed Tom Tyler portrayed the good/bad gunman 'Sundown Saunders', and Steele played the 'Guadalupe Kid'.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from left to right are Hoot Gibson, George Morrell, youngster Sammy McKim, Hal Taliaferro/Wally Wales and Ray 'Crash' Corrigan in a still from Chapter 1 of THE PAINTED STALLION (Republic, 1937) serial.


After making and spending a fortune during his years as a big western star at Universal (1921-1930), Hoot's fortunes had begun to tumble. By the time of the Futter films, one estimates his take at only $5,000 or so per picture. Bad investments and bad marriages hurt him financially.

One of his expensive indulgences was buying a third interest in the Baker Ranch and Rodeo at Saugus, California for $250,000 in April 1930. By the mid '30s depression years, the bank had foreclosed on the property.

Unable to land any lead roles or compete with singing cowboys now flooding the screen, Hoot left Hollywood and hit the sawdust trail, traveling and performing in a number of circuses and western shows. Hoot was with Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in '37. In 1938 Hoot traveled with Robbins Brothers Circus clear up through Nova Scotia. In 1939 Hoot was with Russell Brothers Circus for half a season.

In 1940 and part of '41 Hoot rode with Jim Eskew's JE Ranch Rodeo. It was on this show he met his wife to be, Dorothy Dunstan, a former western radio singer and performer. They were married July 3, 1942.



(Courtesy of Western Washington Fair Association)

Thanks to Patty Herman and the Western Washington Fair Association for the above photo of Gibson. Hoot was in Puyallup, Washington with the Buffalo Brady Rodeo in September of 1935.



(Courtesy of Fred D. Pfening, Jr.)

Above is an autographed photo of Gibson while he was with the Hagenbeck Wallace Circus, 1937.



(Courtesy of Fred D. Pfening, Jr.)

A calendar check for Tuesday, May 24 reveals that combination of day and date occurred in 1938.



(Courtesy of Boyd Magers)
Left are Bobby Clark (Bobby Clack) and Hoot Gibson during a post-WW2 personal appearance.  Clark was World Champion Junior Trick and Fancy Rope Artist who, as a youngster, appeared in several westerns and serials, including OVERLAND WITH KIT CARSON (Columbia, 1939) with Bill Elliott and TRIGGER SMITH (Monogram, 1939) with Jack Randall.



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