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Above is a lobby card from GUNSMOKE MESA (PRC, 1944), one of the Texas Rangers yarns. From left to right are Jim Newill, Dave O'Brien, Jack Ingram, and on the floor looking over some unidentified baddies is Guy Wilkerson. Notice the mistake? The image used to prepare this lobby card has been reversed, and they all have left-handed holsters. See crop below which I've flipped to show the correct image with right hand gunbelts.





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Above, Tom Mix has Stanley Price corralled in a lobby card from THE MIRACLE RIDER (Mascot, 1935) chapterplay. Did ya catch the boo-boo in this lobby card? Take a gander at the left side holster on Mix and Price. They did an image reversal/flip when they produced this lobby card. Mix wore his sixgun on the right side.



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Above, an interesting lobby card from RIDING THE SUNSET TRAIL (Monogram, 1941), and from L-to-R are: Betty Miles, Tom Keene, Kenne Duncan, Sherry Tansey (James Sheridan Tansey), Earl Douglas, and Tom London. Earl Douglas' real name was Lou Yaconelli, the brother of sidekick Frank Yaconelli. If you look close, you might make out the moustached Arkansas Slim Andrews behind Keene's face. Everybody's wearing gunbelts with holsters on the left side.



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Above is the title lobby card from THE LONE RIDER AMBUSHED (PRC, 1941). In this yarn, Houston has a dual role - as Tom Cameron (The Lone Rider) and the outlaw Keno Harris. From L-to-R are George Chesebro, Jack Ingram, Frank Hagney (kneeling) and an unidentified performer. In the inset on the lower left, Houston is about to launch a right hand at an unidentified player, while Jack Ingram and barkeep Ralph Peters look on. Notice anything unusual about the large image of Houston on the right? Take a look at his six-shooter (note the flip-out cartridge loading gate on the left side of the sixgun). That right side image of George has been reversed.



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Notice a problem with this title lobby card from Jack Randall's last starrer, WILD HORSE RANGE (Monogram, 1940). Randall has his sixgun in his left hand and his neckerchief is tied on the right side. Note that the sixgun does not show the cartridge loading gate which is on the right side of the single action. And if you look really close (below the red inset), you can see a bit of the left side holster on Randall. Note the reddish colored inset on the bottom left with Charlie King, George Chesebro and Jack, who is wearing a single holster on the right side and his kerchief tied on the left.



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Look close at this title lobby card from THE BLAZING TRAIL (Columbia, 1949). Charles Starrett and Smiley Burnette are left-handed. When this card was made, they reversed the image of Starrett and Smiley.



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Above, Tom Keene is battlin' Rocky Camron (Gene Alsace), and Betty Miles is shown on the right side of this title lobby card from RIDING THE SUNSET TRAIL (Monogram, 1941). Below - let's flip the image and do another lobby card in the set ... nobody will ever know.


(Courtesy of Les Adams)


Borrow, re-use, recycle ... use whatever is handy



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Above is a duotone title lobby card for the re-release of BILLY THE KID'S FIGHTING PALS (PRC, 1941). Bob Steele has an armlock around Dave O'Brien, while veteran Rex Lease (in white shirt) is shown in the inset on the top left and bottom right.

The interesting thing with this duotone lobby card is that the cast shown in the photo insets doesn't match the FIGHTING PALS movie and cast. The scenes and cast are from BILLY THE KID IN SANTA FE (PRC, 1941) - in that film, Rex Lease played Steele's helper Jeff (instead of Carleton Young) and Dave O'Brien was a baddie. Below is the original release title lobby card to BILLY THE KID IN SANTA FE (PRC, 1941).

When the ever thrifty PRC re-released SANTA FE and needed lobby cards, they found whatever they had on file ... and used that ... and simply changed the film title. Who would notice?




(Courtesy of Les Adams)



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

(Courtesy of Les Adams)


Above are pressbook ads for two of the Dick Foran-Leo Carrillo-Andy Devine films. ROAD AGENT was a western.  THE KID FROM KANSAS is often listed as a cowboy flick, but it's not --- the story is set in the tropics.  Note the KANSAS ad proclamation: "Three roaring tropic pals who tame the torrid zone!" Notice anything peculiar with the faces (other than the black masks) --- appears they used the same faces in both ads, but one set has been mirrored (reversed). Check the curly locks on Carrillo and Devine.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

(Courtesy of Les Adams)


On the left is an ad cut for the Monte 'Alamo' Rawlins starrer ADVENTURES OF THE MASKED PHANTOM (Equity, 1939). The Ken Maynard ad cut for PHANTOM RANCHER (Colony, 1940) shows producers Max and Arthur Alexander didn't go out of their way to buy new artwork when something perfectly usable was handy.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)
 

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are several interesting pressbook ads from Johnny Mack Brown's TEXAS KID (Monogram, 1943), one of the films in his first season at Monogram. Apparently, Monogram had no photos of their own to use, so they "borrowed" shots of the buckskin clad JMB on the white hoss 'Scout' and a paint similar to Bob Baker's 'Apache' from his earlier Universal westerns and serials.



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