(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above is the cover of the pressbook for the Hopalong Cassidy adventure HILLS OF OLD WYOMING (Paramount, 1937) showing William Boyd and Chief John Big Tree. Chief Big Tree and his braves assist Hoppy in the villain roundup at the end.
Prologue and Read Me
A special thanks to Les Adams, Ken Jones, Ed Phillips, Ed Tabor, Minard Coons, Don Swinford, Jim Martin, Virginia Herrick, Dick Madigan and Curt Eriksmoen for input and images for this section of the Old Corral.
Regular visitors to the Old Corral know that the website is dedicated to the performers and films of the B western and serial genres. And the time frame is roughly from the late 1920s through 1954 or so. Visitors who come to this section of the Old Corral from Search Engine matches or other websites need to understand this.
Native American performers who began their careers on the big screen and TV in the mid to late 1950s through to the present are NOT included, simply because they are not part of the ol' cowboy film and cliffhanger. Thus you won't find photos or info on X. Brands, who was with Jock Mahoney in the YANCEY DERRINGER TV show ... nor Pat Hogan ... or Native American performers in the Kevin Costner DANCES WITH WOLVES, et al. If you want info on those performers and films, please go to the Internet Movie Database at: http://us.imdb.com/ and the All-Movie Guide at: http://www.allmovie.com/. You may also want to visit the Native American Actors / American Indian Actors Directory website at: http://www.nativecelebs.com/actors.
While I thoroughly enjoyed putting this section together, ye Old Corral webmaster was uncomfortable with the (lack of) information available on these performers. That situation is not unique to the Native American actors, as I have the same difficulties when doing profiles of the western and serial "henchies", i.e., the members of the gang. I am also not an expert on Native Americans.
Our goal is simple --- present some names and faces of these western and serial performers, and in doing so, recognize their achievements and longevity in film genres that faded into Hollywood history some fifty years ago. If we missed someone, we'll try to add them. If there's a mistake in name, dates, spelling, biographical info, et al, we'll fix it.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from L-to-R are Chief Thunder Cloud (Victor Daniels), Ray Corrigan (Ray Benard), Gene Autry and Alan Sears in a lobby card from Autry's THE SINGING VAGABOND (Republic, 1935). Thunder Cloud portrayed 'Tonto' in THE LONE RANGER (Republic, 1938) and THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN (Republic, 1939) cliffhangers.