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Minard Coons
 The following personal photos are from the collection of Minard Coons, and I (we) thank him for sharing these.

Minard become friends with Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Jim Bannon, Jennifer Holt, Peggy Stewart, Lash LaRue, Eddie Dean, Art Davis, Bob Steele, I. Stanford Jolley, Bob Baker and others.  Many of the great photos and material on the Range Busters and other webpages on the Old Corral were provided by Minard.



(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above is Minard Coons in 1972 with his pals, Max Terhune and Elmer Sneezeweed.


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Above, a little good natured fun at one of the conventions between three cowboy and serial bad guys --- Tris Coffin is about to pummel Terry Frost, while a smilin' George J. Lewis looks on.


(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above and below is Republic cowboy Rex Allen, singing and strumming circa 1976.


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Puffin' on his pipe is cowboy range rider, recording artist, and Grand Ol Opry star Tex Ritter (1905-1974) ... made a bunch of singing cowboy films for Grand National, Monogram, Universal, Columbia and PRC ... closed out his western starring career as a member of PRC's Texas Rangers ... best remembered for his rendition of the song "High Noon".


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Above is Tex Ritter and his wife Dorothy Fay Ritter ... Dorothy was a heroine in a dozen or two westerns in the late 1930s and early 1940s, including several with Tex ... she was also the heroine in THE GREEN ARCHER (1940) chapterplay.  THREE'S COMPANY TV star John Ritter is their son.


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Above from L-to-R are Al "Lash" LaRue, Max Terhune and Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick, Russell "Lucky" Hayden (1972 photo).  In addition to the Hoppy films, Russ Hayden (1911-1981) starred in some westerns for Columbia as well as a group with pal Jimmy "Shamrock" Ellison for Lippert Pictures around 1950.  He later started his own TV production company, and his TV series included 26 MEN and JUDGE ROY BEAN.


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Max Terhune (1891-1973) and Don "Red" Barry (1972 photo).  Don Barry (1911-1980) starred in THE ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER serial and a batch of Republic westerns. Don Barry met a tragic ending, committing suicide in 1980.


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Above - 1972 photo of Don Barry.



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Above, Art Davis, of the PRC Frontier Marshals trio series, had a nickname for Producers Releasing Corporation --- called them "Pretty Rotten Crap" (1976 photo).


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Above, Art Davis and western heroine Louise Stanley (1976 photo).


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Above, Art Davis and Sunset Carson (1976 photo).  Sunset Carson (1920-1990) starred in some pretty good Republic oaters in the mid-1940s ... his real name was Winifred Maurice Harrison ... born in Oklahoma ... nicknames of "Michael" and "Mickey".



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