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The Frontier Marshals
6 Films released in 1942


(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from left to right are perpetual baddie Charlie King at the desk, Eddie Dean, Lee Powell, and big and tall Glenn Strange, standing and wearing the eye shade in this lobby card from RAIDERS OF THE WEST (PRC, 1942).

Some tidbits on Eddie Dean and Glenn Strange:  Dean and Strange were good friends, and even collaborated on some songs together.  Dean would have his own western series at PRC beginning in 1945, with the initial films done in CineColor and co-starring Al 'Lash' LaRue.  Glenn Strange was a big, tall, supporting/bit player who was constantly working --- he was Butch Cavendish, the outlaw leader who murders the Texas Rangers in the initial three episodes of the LONE RANGER TV series.  He was the barkeep for about a dozen years on TV's long-running GUNSMOKE with James Arness.  And he also portrayed the Frankenstein monster in HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Universal, 1944), HOUSE OF DRACULA (Universal, 1945) and ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (Universal, 1948).




(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above, Lee 'Lone Ranger' Powell and Charles 'Slim' Whitaker are about ready to jump this quartet of no-goods in RAIDERS OF THE WEST (PRC, 1942), one of the Frontier Marshals trio series. Unaware of their pending doom, the four baddies are, from left to right: Rex Lease, Charlie King, Eddie Dean and Glenn Strange. Note the lineup as being shortest to tallest - and check the height of Glenn Strange vs. Rex Lease.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Kermit Maynard, Art Davis and John Merton in PRAIRIE PALS (PRC, 1942).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - Lee Powell puts a necklock on I. Stanford Jolley in PRAIRIE PALS (PRC, 1942).


Links

There's a section on the Old Corral devoted to Lee Powell, and it documents his time as the Lone Ranger, the circus performances, his career ending films as a member of PRC's Frontier Marshals, and World War II Marine Corps duty.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on:

          Lee Powell: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0694205/
          Art Davis: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0204189/
          Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0101708/
          Director Sam Newfield (Sam Neufeld): http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0627864/



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