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Saddle Pals & Sidekicks
The Juvenile Helpers



Above is Joe Strauch, Jr. (1929 - 1986).  During 1941-1944, Strauch appeared in 6 Republic westerns, (five with Gene Autry and one with Bob Livingston).  His first oater was Autry's UNDER FIESTA STARS (Republic, 1941).  His screen character was Smiley Burnette's nephew 'Tadpole', and he wore the same basic outfit as Burnette ... and was a younger version of the Burnette character 'Frog Millhouse'.  However, Strauch also did 'stand-in' duty for Spanky McFarland in the Our Gang comedies.

You may want to check the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral ... and then go to the California Death Records database. There you will find a record for: Joseph George Strauch, Mother's maiden name of Schaefer, born May 18, 1929 in Illinois, last residence was Santa Clara, California area, and passed away on May 31, 1986. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Joe Strauch, Jr.: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0833734/




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are Bill Cody and Andy Shuford (1917-1995) in a scene from LAND OF WANTED MEN (Monogram, 1932).  Shuford's last name has one 'f', not two.  He was the saddle pal to Cody in a series done for Monogram circa 1931-1932.  A year or two later, Cody was using his real son, Bill, Jr. as his sidekick/helper.

Boyd Magers had more details on Shuford: Memphis born Shuford had the distinction of appearing in John Wayne's first starring film, THE BIG TRAIL ('30), before teaming up with Cody in a series of eight for the '31-'32 season. He later appeared in support roles in six OUR GANG comedies. Around 1942, 18 year old Andy enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corp becoming highly decorated after flying 35 missions out of England. Col. Shuford never returned to films after WWII, settling down in Tennessee. He died 5/19/95 at 77.

You may also want to check the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral and then go to the Social Security Death Index. There you will find a record for: William Shuford, born December 16, 1917, passed away on May 19, 1995, and his last residence was Monteagle, Tennessee 37356.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Andy Shuford: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0795599/



(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)

Above from L-to-R are Andy Shuford, Sheila Mannors (Sheila Bromley) and Bill Cody in LAND OF WANTED MEN (Monogram, 1932).  Shuford is also pictured in the circular inset on the bottom right.




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Franklyn Farnum, Lafe McKee, Bill Cody, Ada Ince and Bill Cody, Jr. in FRONTIER DAYS (Spectrum, 1934).

Bill Cody, Jr. (1925-1989), whose real name was William J. Cody, Jr. was the real life son of silent and early 1930s range hero Bill Cody. He did some kid roles in four of his father's Spectrum westerns in the mid 1930s. You can also spot him playing the part of singer Nelson Eddy as a child in the Jeanette MacDonald THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST (MGM, 1938). Some of his other film work includes the cliffhangers SCOUTS TO THE RESCUE (Universal, 1939), THE OREGON TRAIL (Universal, 1939) and SKY RAIDERS (Universal, 1941), as well as B westerns with Tom Keene, Johnny Mack Brown, Charles Starrett, and the Frontier Marshals trio series for PRC.

Cody, Jr. enlisted in the Navy during World War II and never went back to the film business upon returning home from military duty.

Researcher Luther Hathcock provided info about Cody, Jr.'s passing in a December, 1989 writeup in Classic Images: "Bill Cody, Jr., the long lost western kid star of the 1930s is dead at age 64. He died in his Studio City, California apartment on August 11, 1989, a suicide. In a note left for his family, he stated how hard the past sixteen months had been without his beloved wife, Liz, and that he missed her so much that he no longer cared to go on living without her. Mrs. Cody died in 1988 of cancer."

You may want to check the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral ... and then go to the California Death Records database. There you will find a record for: William Joseph Cody, born 4/18/1925, Mother's maiden name of Kanah, passed away on 8/11/1989, last resided in the Los Angeles area. I could not find a record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Bill Cody, Jr.: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0168559/

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Bill Cody, Jr. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=19761




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are Bill Cody, Jr. and Bill Cody attending to the injured Ed Cassidy in RECKLESS BUCKAROO (Crescent/Spectrum, 1935).



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