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 Left is Penny Edwards, western heroine that arrived in the twilight of the B-western period ... one of her better screen appearances was in TRAIL OF ROBIN HOOD (Republic, 1950) with Roy Rogers ...Penny passed away in August, 1998 at age 70.


On the right is pretty Republic Pictures heroine Peggy Stewart and Kirby Grant (1911-1985).  Grant's most popular role was that of TV's SKY KING ... Grant was killed in a car accident in 1985. 
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 Visualize the man on the left with dark hair and a dark moustache ... it's George J. Lewis ... seemed to have made a million screen appearances in westerns, serials, mysteries, you name it ... and he played good guys, baddies, second fiddle to the hero, etc.  TV appearances included playing the father of TV's ZORRO.


Right is Harry Lauter (1914-1990) and his wife Doris ... he made a bunch of film and TV appearances in the 1940s and later ... I still recall Lauter and Willard Parker in the early TV show TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS ... had the dubious honor of starring in the 66th and last serial made by Republic Pictures, KING OF THE CARNIVAL (1955). 
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 On the left is veteran baddie I. Stanford Jolley (1900-1978), apparently surprised by the photographer ... visualize him as a younger man with dark hair and moustache.  This is the voice of THE CRIMSON GHOST.

(Tidbit: I caught one of the "Robbert Loggia / Elfredo Baca" westerns on the Disney Channel in mid-September '98.  Lo and behold, I. Stanford Jolley played the sheriff and Stan Jolley (his son) was the Art Director.)


Right is Peggy Jolley, Chill Wills, and I. Stanford Jolley in Las Vegas ... must have won some $$$ since all are smiling. 
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 On the left is Ray Whitley (1901-1979), western singer and helper to George O'Brien and Tim Holt in their RKO oaters.  Among Whitley's songwriting credits is Gene Autry's theme song, "I'm Back In The Saddle Again".


Right is Foy Willing (1914-1978) of the Riders of the Purple Sage, and that singing group worked at Republic Pictures with Roy Rogers, Monte Hale, others.  His real name was Foy Willingham. 
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 On the left is Al Hoxie (1901-1982).  Al and his brother Jack Hoxie were cowboy stars of the silent era.


Right, Ben Johnson (1918 or 1920 - 1996), member of director John Ford's western "stock company" ... superb horseman ... seemed to be always paired up with Harry Carey Jr. in many John Wayne westerns ... probably his best western film was as the star of Ford's WAGONMASTER ... was one of the members of Sam Peckinpah's WILD BUNCH (1969) and won an Oscar for his role in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971). 
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