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Eddie Dean and Lash La Rue



(From Old Corral image collection)

Singin' cowboy Eddie Dean used 4 steeds during his brief starring career at PRC/Eagle Lion.  His first horse was War Paint.  Above, Dean on War Paint alongside his first sidekick, Emmett 'Pappy' Lynn in a scene from THE CARAVAN TRAIL (PRC, 1946).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the pressbook cover for Dean's DRIFTIN' RIVER ... notice the mention that Eddie has a new horse named Flash ... he had a lot of hosses!



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Above from left to right are Roscoe Ates, Eddie Dean (riding Flash) and Shirley Patterson (later known as Shawn Smith). Lobby card and crop/blowup from DRIFTIN' RIVER (PRC, 1946), one of four Dean oaters in which Shirley played the heroine. Eddie's Flash is easy to identify - the horse has a white splotch on the nose and another white mark between the eyes.



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Above - Eddie Dean atop White Cloud, which was a palomino, not a white horse. See pressbook clipping below. White Cloud had a white splotch on the forehead above the eyes and a dark spot on the front left shoulder (which can be seen in the still above). Dean rides him in HAWK OF POWDER RIVER, SHADOW VALLEY and BLACK HILLS. Strangely, he rides a substitute White Cloud in CHECK YOUR GUNS (PRC, 1948). In that film, Eddie's White Cloud is the horse called Falcon by Buster Crabbe in his PRC Billy the Kid/Billy Carson series and James Newill named him Alamo and rode him in the Texas Rangers series.



(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above, Eddie Dean and his fourth horse, Copper.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)
 Left and below are pressbook clippings from BLACK HILLS and TORNADO RANGE.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)






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(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above is an advertising/promo card from Lash, and the autograph reads "Black Diamond and Me, 1953". In addition to Black Diamond, Lash had a similar looking hoss named Rush ... or were Rush and Black Diamond the same animal?



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Above - closeup of Lash with trusty steed Black Diamond.




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Above, from L-to-R are Emmett Lynn, Lash LaRue, Charlie King and Eddie Dean in a lobby card from CARAVAN TRAIL (PRC, 1946), one of the earlier Cinecolor oaters starring Eddie Dean (who is riding War Paint). LaRue did not yet have his own series and rode this palomino in CARAVAN TRAIL.



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