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(Courtesy of Ken Jones)
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(Courtesy of Ken Jones)
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Was the name Hollywood Hot Shots purposely used to confuse people into thinkin' the group was the well known Hoosier Hot Shots?  Les Adams notes that Gene Howard appeared in four Fred Scott westerns from 1939 --- CODE OF THE FEARLESS, IN OLD MONTANA, RIDIN' THE TRAIL and TWO-GUN TROUBADOR --- in which he was a comic jailer or some other buffoon type.




(Courtesy of Ken Jones)

The color photo above is about 26" x 22", and Ken has this framed and displayed.  An interesting tidbit is the wanted poster with the names assigned to Ingram and Adams.

Les Adams provides more details:

The poses and costumes come from Bob Steele's DURANGO VALLEY RAIDERS (A. W. Hackel/Republic, 1938).  I knew I had seen Ingram in that arrow-pocket shirt somewhere, and ran a search on titles they were in together and DV RAIDERS came up early, and struck a chord with me. Took a gander at it last night and there they both were --- Ingram in a non-typical shirt for a villain and Adams in a costume and hat that nearly duplicates what Johnny Mack Brown wore later at Universal.

Neither ever played a role as 'Sundown Rogers' (Ingram) or 'Ace Hawkins' (Adams).  Even more interesting is that in my entire database on westerns and serials, I find no film that ever used Sundown Rogers or Ace Hawkins as a name for any character. None. Zip. Nada. I suspect they performed in some kind of stage skit with Sundown Rogers and Ace Hawkins as the character names.  And they were able to find two names, before the age of computer searches, that had never been used in a western is amazing.



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