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(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is the intrepid trio from one of PRC's best westerns, the Cinecolor WILD WEST (PRC, 1946) which has a running time of about 66 minutes. A couple years later, this film was edited, shortened and released in a B&W version titled PRAIRIE OUTLAWS. From left to right are rangers Al LaRue, Eddie Dean and Roscoe Ates.



(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

KING OF THE BULLWHIP (Ron Ormond/Western Adventure, 1950) is probably Lash's most remembered film ... and one of his best. In that, he does a cliff-top "battle of the whips" against the baddie "El Azote" who was played by Dennis Moore.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the pressbook cover for KING OF THE BULLWHIP. Pictured in the upper right are Fuzzy St. John, Jack Holt and Tom Neal. In the bottom left corner are Anne Gwynne and Tex Cooper.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Al St. John, Lash and Raymond Hatton in a lobby card from THE DALTONS' WOMEN (Western Adventure, 1950). Lash and Fuzzy are billed fourth and fifth, and this has to their worst western. Boyd Magers' review of this film begins with the words "Tangled mess", and that about sums it up. LaRue and St. John would do four more films after THE DALTONS' WOMEN. Sadly, that final four consisted of (mostly) stock footage culled from their earlier adventures.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Lash LaRue battle it out with Archie Twitchell in a lobby card from THE VANISHING OUTPOST (Ron Ormand/Screen Guild, 1951).



Lash's B Westerns


In three Eddie Dean Cinecolor westerns for Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC).

Date Film Title Star Director Leading
Lady
Sidekick LaRue role
1945 SONG OF OLD WYOMING (Cinecolor) Eddie Dean Robert Emmett Tansey Jennifer Holt Emmett Lynn Cheyenne Kid
1946 THE CARAVAN TRAIL (Cinecolor) Eddie Dean Robert Emmett Tansey Jean Carlin Emmett Lynn Cherokee
1946 WILD WEST (Cinecolor) Eddie Dean Robert Emmett Tansey Louise Currie & Jean Carlin Roscoe Ates Stormy Day



LaRue gets his own starring series for PRC. 8 films were made.

Date Film Title Director Leading
Lady
Sidekick LaRue role
1947 LAW OF THE LASH Ray Taylor Mary Scott Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Cheyenne Davis
1947 BORDER FEUD Ray Taylor Gloria Marlen Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Cheyenne Davis
1947 PIONEER JUSTICE Ray Taylor Jennifer Holt Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Cheyenne
1947 GHOST TOWN RENEGADES Ray Taylor Jennifer Holt Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Cheyenne Davis
1947 STAGE TO MESA CITY Ray Taylor Jennifer Holt Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Cheyenne Davis
1947 RETURN OF THE LASH Ray Taylor Mary Maynard Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Cheyenne Davis (AKA The Cheyenne Kid)
1947 THE FIGHTING VIGILANTES Ray Taylor Jennifer Holt Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Cheyenne Davis
1947 CHEYENNE TAKES OVER Ray Taylor Nancy Gates Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Cheyenne Davis

Then comes a dozen Lash and St. John oaters for producer/director Ron Ormond and his Western Adventure production company.

Date Film Title Director Leading
Lady
Sidekick LaRue role
1948 DEAD MAN'S GOLD Ray Taylor Peggy Stewart Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Lash LaRue
1948 MARK OF THE LASH Ray Taylor Suzi Crandall Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash LaRue
1948 FRONTIER REVENGE Ray Taylor Peggy Stewart Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash LaRue
1949 OUTLAW COUNTRY Ray Taylor Nancy Saunders Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash La Rue / The Frontier Phantom
1949 SON OF BILLY THE KID Ray Taylor Marion Colby Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Jack Garrett
1949 SON OF A BADMAN Ray Taylor Noel Neill Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash LaRue
1950 KING OF THE BULLWHIP Ron Ormond Anne Gwynne Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash LaRue
1950 THE DALTON'S WOMEN Thomas Carr Pamela Blake Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash LaRue
1951 THE THUNDERING TRAIL Ron Ormond Sally Anglim Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash LaRue
1951 THE VANISHING OUTPOST Ron Ormond Sharon Hall Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash LaRue
1952 THE BLACK LASH Ron Ormond Peggy Stewart Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash LaRue
1952 THE FRONTIER PHANTOM Ron Ormond Virginia Herrick Al 'Fuzzy' St. John Marshal Lash La Rue/The Frontier Phantom
Footnotes:

1. circa 1948, PRC had become Eagle-Lion, and they re-issued WILD WEST in a much edited and shortened B&W version titled PRAIRIE OUTLAWS, and that title is not on the above list.

2. in his 20 STARRING films, LaRue was either "Cheyenne something-or-other" (8 times) or Lash LaRue (11 times). That pattern was broken with SON OF BILLY THE KID (Western Adventure, 1949) when Lash portrayed "Marshal Jack Garrett", son of real west lawman Pat Garrett.



My favorite Lash LaRue westerns:

WILD WEST (PRC, 1946) (Eddie Dean Cinecolor western)
PIONEER JUSTICE (PRC, 1947)
GHOST TOWN RENEGADES (PRC, 1947)
STAGE TO MESA CITY (PRC, 1947)
DEAD MAN'S GOLD (Western Adventure, 1948)
OUTLAW COUNTRY (Western Adventure, 1949; LaRue has dual role)
SON OF BILLY THE KID (Western Adventure, 1949)
KING OF THE BULLWHIP (Western Adventure, 1950)



In the photo right are Lash LaRue and his trail pard, Alfred 'Al' 'Fuzzy' St. John (1892 or 1893 - 1963). He created a screen character that ultimately would be fine tuned into the 'Fuzzy Q. Jones' screen persona that endeared him to so many western movie fans.

His busiest sidekick days were at Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) in the 1940s. At PRC, he did all 17 Lone Rider westerns with George Houston and Bob Livingston as well as all 42 of the Bob Steele and Buster Crabbe Billy the Kid/Billy Carson sagebrushers. After the Crabbe series ended in 1946, Fuzz got a new partner, Lash LaRue, and they teamed up for 20 oaters for PRC and Ron Ormond's Western Adventure production company.

You can also spot St. John doing saddle pal duties with Fred Scott at Spectrum Pictures, Jack Randall at Monogram, and Don Barry at Republic.

Al St. John passed away from a heart attack while working with the Tommy Scott Wild West show.

(From Old Corral image collection)



(From Old Corral image collection)
Left is Elizabeth Marshall Holt (1920-1997), the sister of RKO western hero Tim Holt.

She used several screen names but is most remembered as Jennifer Holt. She did a bunch of B westerns in the 1940s, co-starring with Johnny Mack Brown, Rod Cameron, others. And she also played the female lead in a couple of cliffhangers, ADVENTURES OF THE FLYING CADETS (Universal, 1943) and HOP HARRIGAN (Columbia, 1946).

She was Lash's most frequent heroine/female lead, appearing in four of his PRC starring oaters. They also worked together in the Eddie Dean SONG OF OLD WYOMING (PRC, 1945).

Jennifer was a busy gal at PRC circa 1947-1948. In addition to those four LaRue adventures, she also did four with Eddie Dean.



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