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The Stunt Men and Women

... another day at the office

A hodgepodge of photos of stuntmen and women doing their job



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above, an unidentified stuntman in white hat/checked shirt (probably Ted Mapes), doubles Charles Starrett in PRAIRIE STRANGER (Columbia, 1941).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above, Yakima Canutt doubles Tom Tyler in the Three Mesquiteers adventure, CODE OF THE OUTLAW (Republic, 1942). Canutt was around 46-47 years of age when this oater was filmed.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a great shot of William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy doing some fisticuffs in RIDERS OF THE TIMBERLAND (Paramount, 1941).  And observing in the right background are the doubles for Boyd and sidekick Brad King.  Boyd's double could be either Cliff Lyons or Ted Wells (but is probably Wells) and a blowup of that photo section is below.  Note the grin on the face of Brad King's double.






(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - a horse transfer from the Don Barry ONE MAN'S LAW (Republic, 1940). I've examined the face on this stuntman using various image enhancement software, and my guess is that it's Joe Yrigoyen's brother Bill.



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That's probably Carl Mathews jumping onto the stage as the double for Ray Corrigan in this scene still from the Range Busters WEST OF PINTO BASIN (Monogram, 1940). Bud McClure is the stage driver and Jerry 'Yodeling' Smith is the shotgun guard.



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Spilling a wagon in COLORADO PIONEERS (Republic, 1945), one of the Red Ryder series starring Bill Elliott.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - transferring to the rear of the stage is probably stuntman Cliff Lyons, doubling for Johnny Mack Brown in a scene from Brown's first series oater at Universal, DESPERATE TRAILS (Universal, 1939). Does the moustached stage driver look familiar? Take a gander at the crop/blowup of that driver's face ... and think Yakima Canutt.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

From RAIDERS OF SAN JOAQUIN (Universal, 1943) --- an unidentifed double for Johnny Mack Brown drops in for a visit on driver George Plues. Les Adams added an appropriate comment on this shot: "the people doing the rein work had to be good.  Check how close to the rock he had to get the team and wagon ... and they weren't walking."



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