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(Image courtesy of Les Adams)

SADDLE SERENADE (Monogram, 1945) was one of the early Wakelys which had a trio of good guys. In SADDLE, Jimmy's helpers were Lee 'Lasses' White and John James. In this lobby card, Lee Roy 'Lasses' White is shown in bottom left corner conversing with Kay Deslys (1899-1974). Musical support in this one was from Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage.



JIMMY WAKELY'S 28 STARRING WESTERNS FOR MONOGRAM
Released: late 1944 - late 1949


Film TitleWakely Sidekick(s)HeroineDirectorProducer
SONG OF THE RANGE (1944)Lee 'Lasses' White
Dennis 'Denny' Moore
Cay ForresterWallace FoxPhilip N. Krasne
SPRINGTIME IN TEXAS (1945)Lee 'Lasses' White
Dennis 'Denny' Moore
Marie HarmonOliver DrakeOliver Drake
SADDLE SERENADE (1945)Lee 'Lasses' White
John 'Dusty' James
Nancy BrinckmanOliver DrakeOliver Drake
LONESOME TRAIL (1945)Lee 'Lasses' White
John 'Dusty' James
Iris CliveOliver DrakeOliver Drake
RIDERS OF THE DAWN (1945)Lee 'Lasses' White
John 'Dusty' James
Phyllis AdairOliver DrakeOliver Drake
MOON OVER MONTANA (1946)Lee 'Lasses' WhiteJennifer HoltOliver DrakeOliver Drake
WEST OF THE ALAMO (1946)Lee 'Lasses' WhiteIris CliveOliver DrakeOliver Drake
TRAIL TO MEXICO (1946)Lee 'Lasses' WhiteDolores CastelliOliver DrakeOliver Drake
SONG OF THE SIERRAS (1946)Lee 'Lasses' WhiteJean CarlinOliver DrakeOliver Drake
RAINBOW OVER THE ROCKIES (1947)Lee 'Lasses' WhitePat StarlingOliver DrakeOliver Drake
SIX GUN SERENADE (1947)Lee 'Lasses' WhiteKay MorleyFord BeebeBarney Sarecky
SONG OF THE WASTELAND (1947)Lee 'Lasses' WhiteDottye BrownThomas CarrBarney Sarecky
RIDIN' DOWN THE TRAIL (1947)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorBeverly JonsHoward BrethertonBennett Cohen
SONG OF THE DRIFTER (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorMildred ColesLambert HillyerLouis Gray
OKLAHOMA BLUES (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorVirginia BelmontLambert HillyerLouis Gray
PARTNERS OF THE SUNSET (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorChristine LarsenLambert HillyerLouis Gray
RANGE RENEGADES (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorJennifer HoltLambert HillyerLouis Gray
COWBOY CAVALIER (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorJan BryantDerwin AbrahamsLouis Gray
SILVER TRAILS (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorChristine LarsenChristy CabanneLouis Gray
THE RANGERS RIDE (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorVirginia Belmont Derwin AbrahamsLouis Gray
OUTLAW BRAND (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorKay MorleyLambert HillyerLouis Gray
COURTIN' TROUBLE (1948)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorVirginia Belmont Ford BeebeLouis Gray
GUN RUNNER (1949)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorNoel NeillLambert HillyerLouis Gray
GUN LAW JUSTICE (1949)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorJane AdamsLambert HillyerLouis Gray
ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE (1949)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorReno BrowneOliver DrakeLouis Gray
BRAND OF FEAR (1949)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorGail DavisOliver DrakeLouis Gray
ROARING WESTWARD (1949)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorLois HallOliver DrakeLouis Gray
LAWLESS CODE (1949)Dub 'Cannonball' TaylorEllen HallOliver DrakeLouis Gray



JIMMY'S SIDEKICKS

Lee 'Lasses' White
(1888-1949)
Dub 'Cannonball' Taylor
(1907-1994)
Dennis Moore
(1908-1964)
John James
(1910 or 1914-1960)




(Image courtesy of Les Adams)

Wakely sidekick John James is on the left side of this duotone title lobby card. In the upper right, wearing the top hat, is Jimmy's other helper, Lee 'Lasses' White. Musical assistance was from Wesley Tuttle and His Texas Stars. And the answer is Nope! This Wakely RIDERS OF THE DAWN (Monogram, 1945) wasn't the same storyline as the earlier RIDERS OF THE DAWN (Monogram, 1937) which starred Jack Randall.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is the title lobby card from WEST OF THE ALAMO (Monogram, 1946).  On the right, Wakely is ridin' his paint horse 'Lucky'.  Sidekick Lee 'Lasses' White is shown on the left side. Note the photo insert showing Wakely strummin' a guitar and wearing one of those shirts "with a gazillion buttons".

The lobby card credits Arthur Smith and His Trio as the musical support. Fiddlin' Arthur Smith worked in many of Jimmy's oaters including RIDERS OF THE DAWN (Monogram, 1945), LONESOME TRAIL (Monogram, 1945), OKLAHOMA BLUES (Monogram, 1948), THE RANGERS RIDE (Monogram, 1948) and PARTNERS OF THE SUNSET (Monogram, 1948). (Not to be confused with Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith and his "Crackerjacks" who were members of the radio station WBT, Charlotte, North Carolina lineup in the 1940s. That Arthur Smith's most famous composition was "Guitar Boogie".)



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