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Above from L-to-R are Ray Whitley, Lee 'Lasses' White and a young Tim Holt at RKO prior to Holt entering World War II service.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Rod Cameron, Fuzzy Knight, Dan White, Whitley and Eddie Dew in Cameron's BEYOND THE PECOS (1945).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Rod Cameron, Dan White, Whitley, Eddie Dew, and on the far right is Roy Bucko ... in another scene from BEYOND THE PECOS.



Ray Whitley Filmography
Westerns in black
Shorts --- including Whitley's 18 starring shorts --- in blue
Other films in green
Special thanks to Les Adams for providing this filmography.


Release
Date
Title Company Star Director Leading
Lady
Whitley
Role
8/31/34 MOUNTAIN MELODY Educational Johnny Luther Lloyd French N/A Ray Whitley
9/13/35 RODEO DAY Educational Johnny Luther Lloyd French N/A Ray Whitley
10/11/35 HILLBILLY LOVE Educational Johnny Luther Lloyd French N/A Ray Whitley
9/11/36 KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED 20th Century-Fox Robert Kent Howard Bretherton N/A Singer
10/12/36 HOPALONG CASSIDY RETURNS Paramount William Boyd Nate Watt N/A Davis
4/3/37 HITTIN' THE TRAIL Grand National Tex Ritter Robert N. Bradbury N/A Band Leader
8/6/37 MYSTERY OF THE HOODED HORSEMEN, THE Grand National Tex Ritter Ray Taylor N/A Guitar Player
11/8/37 OLD WYOMING TRAIL, THE Columbia Charles Starrett Folmer Blangsted N/A Foreman Jim
12/29/37 RHYTHM WRANGLERS RKO Ray Whitley Charles E. Roberts Jane Walsh Ray Whitley
2/2/38 WHERE THE WEST BEGINS Monogram Jack Randall J. P. McGowan N/A Band Leader
4/8/38 RAWHIDE 20th Century-Fox Smith Ballew Ray Taylor N/A Guitar Player/Singer
4/9/38 WESTERN WELCOME, A RKO Ray Whitley Leslie Goodwins Diana Gibson Ray Whitley
4/22/38 BUCKAROO BROADCAST, A RKO Ray Whitley Jean Yarbrough Pauline Hadden Ray Whitley
5/13/38 GUN LAW RKO George O'Brien David Howard N/A Singing Sam McGee
6/24/38 BORDER G-MAN RKO George O'Brien David Howard N/A Luke Jones
8/12/38 PAINTED DESERT RKO George O'Brien David Howard N/A Steve
9/16/38 RENEGADE RANGER, THE RKO George O'Brien David Howard N/A Happy
12/16/38 PRAIRIE PAPAS RKO Ray Whitley Jack Townley Jean Joyce Ray Whitley
3/23/39 TROUBLE IN SUNDOWN RKO George O'Brien David Howard N/A Andy
4/7/39 RANCH HOUSE ROMEO RKO Ray Whitley Lou Brock Mary Parker Ray Whitley
6/6/39 SAGEBRUSH SERENADE RKO Ray Whitley Charles E. Roberts Jean Joyce Ray Whitley
6/14/39 RACKETEERS OF THE RANGE RKO George O'Brien D. Ross Lederman N/A Smokey
9/8/39 CUPID RIDES THE RANGE RKO Ray Whitley Lou Brock Elvira Ross Ray Whitley
12/15/39 BANDITS AND BALLADS RKO Ray Whitley Lou Brock Unknown Ray Whitley
3/22/40 MOLLY CURES A COWBOY RKO Ray Whitley Jean Yarbrough Kathryn Adams Ray Whitley
6/14/40 CORRALLING A SCHOOL MARM RKO Ray Whitley Charles E. Roberts Virginia Vale Ray Whitley
6/14/40 PRAIRIE LAW RKO George O'Brien David Howard N/A Band Leader
10/4/40 WAGON TRAIN RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Ned
11/8/40 BAR BUCKAROOS RKO Ray Whitley Lloyd French Jane Patten Ray Whitley
12/6/40 FARGO KID, THE RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Johnny
1/31/41 PRAIRIE SPOONERS RKO Ray Whitley Harry D'Arcy Virginia Vale Ray Whitley
2/7/41 ALONG THE RIO GRANDE RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Smokey
4/15/41 REDSKINS AND REDHEADS RKO Ray Whitley Harry D'Arcy Virginia Vale Ray Whitley
4/18/41 ROBBERS OF THE RANGE RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Smokey
6/13/41 CYCLONE ON HORSEBACK RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Smokey
7/18/41 MUSICAL BANDIT, THE RKO Ray Whitley Charles E. Roberts Virginia Vale Ray Whitley
8/8/41 SIX GUN GOLD RKO Tim Holt David Howard N/A Smokey
10/10/41 BANDIT TRAIL, THE RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Smokey
11/11/41 CALIFORNIA OR BUST RKO Ray Whitley Lloyd French Virginia Vale Ray Whitley
12/12/41 DUDE COWBOY RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Smokey
1/30/42 KEEP SHOOTING RKO Ray Whitley Harry D'Arcy Virginia Vale Ray Whitley
2/27/42 RIDING THE WIND RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Smokey
4/17/42 LAND OF THE OPEN RANGE RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Smokey
4/23/42 CACTUS CAPERS RKO Ray Whitley Charles E. Roberts Virginia Vale Ray Whitley
6/5/42 COME ON DANGER! RKO Tim Holt Edward Killy N/A Smokey
7/12/42 RANGE RHYTHM RKO Ray Whitley Charles E. Roberts Virginia Vale Ray Whitley
7/24/42 THUNDERING HOOFS RKO Tim Holt Lesley Selander N/A Smokey Ryan
5/22/44 BOSS OF BOOMTOWN Universal Rod Cameron Ray Taylor N/A Corporal Clark
7/7/44 TRIGGER TRAIL RKO Rod Cameron Lewis Collins N/A Gilroy
8/18/44 TRAIL TO GUNSIGHT RKO Eddie Dew Vernon Keays N/A Barton
11/10/44 RIDERS OF THE SANTA FE Universal Rod Cameron Wallace Fox N/A Hank
12/15/44 OLD TEXAS TRAIL, THE Universal Rod Cameron Lewis Collins N/A Amarillo
4/25/45 HOLLYWOOD AND VINE P.R.C. James Ellison Alexis Thurn-Taxis N/A Tex
4/27/45 BEYOND THE PECOS Universal Rod Cameron Lambert Hillyer N/A Dan Muncie
6/1/45 RENEGADES OF THE RIO GRANDE Universal Rod Cameron Howard Bretherton N/A Tex Henry
4/20/46 WEST OF THE ALAMO Monogram Jimmy Wakely Oliver Drake N/A Keno Wilson
3/13/49 GUN LAW JUSTICE Monogram Jimmy Wakely Lambert Hillyer N/A Musician Ray
10/11/56 GIANT Warner Bros. Elizabeth Taylor George Stevens N/A Business Manager Watts




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

The above photo of Whitley and his Six-Bar Cowboys is from a promo piece on the Whitley shorts.

From L-to-R are Whitley, unidentifed, Ken Card, unidentified, unidentified.  Les Adams adds that Whitley mentioned that Willie Phelps, Norman Phelps, Earl Phelps and Ken Card were regulars with the group. Other members included Curly Hoag, Candy Hall, Spade Cooley and Chuck Baldra.

February, 2002: the daughter of Willie Phelps advised that none of the Phelps brothers are in this photo. There's a website on the Phelps Brothers - Norman, Earl and Willie - who were part of Ray Whitley and the Six-Bar Cowboys group and the site includes several photos with Whitley: http://phelpsbrothers.tripod.com/



 Ray Whitley Songs
Special thanks to Les Adams for providing this listing of Whitley authored or co-authored tunes that were used in the B-western.


Release
Date
Song Title Film Writers Company
4/3/37 Ridin' the Old Prairie Trail Hittin' the Trail Ray Whitley Grand National
4/3/37 Washboard Rag Hittin' the Trail Ray Whitley Grand National
11/8/37 Goodbye Old Paint The Old Wyoming Trail Ray Whitley Columbia
6/24/38 Back in the Saddle Again Border G-Man Ray Whitley RKO
6/24/38 To Watch the Settin' Sun Border G-Man Ray Whitley RKO
8/12/38 Painted Desert The Painted Desert Ray Whitley RKO
9/16/38 Senorita The Renegade Ranger Ray Whitley RKO
9/16/38 Move Slow Little Dogie The Renegade Ranger Ray Whitley RKO
3/23/39 Home on the Prairie Trouble in Sundown Ray Whitley RKO
3/23/39 Prairie Winds Trouble in Sundown Ray Whitley RKO
6/14/39 Caboose on the Red ball Train Racketeers of the Range Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
6/14/39 Sleepy Wrangler Racketeers of the Range Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
11/16/39 Back in the Saddle Again Rovin' Tumbleweeds Ray Whitley and Gene Autry (rewrite) Republic
9/20/40 Lonely Rio Triple Justice Ray Whitley RKO
3/14/41 Back in the Saddle Again Back in the Saddle Ray Whitley and Gene Autry (rewrite) Republic
4/15/41 Redskins and Redheads Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
4/18/41 The Railroad's Coming To Town Robbers of the Range Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
6/13/41 Bangtail Cyclone on Horseback Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
6/13/41 Tumbleweed Cowboy Cyclone on Horseback Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
6/13/41 Blue Nightfall Cyclone on Horseback Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
8/8/41 Rock Along Home Six Gun Gold Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
8/8/41 Six Gun Gold Six Gun Gold Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
9/5/41 Song of the Dusty Trail Bad Man of Deadwood Ray Whitley and Fred Rose Republic
10/10/41 On the Outlaw Trail The Bandit Trail Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
12/12/41 At The End of the Canyon Trail Dude Cowboy Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
12/12/41 An Echo in the Wind Dude Cowboy Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
12/12/41 Silver River Dude Cowboy Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
12/12/41 I'm A Dude Cowboy Dude Cowboy Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
2/27/42 I'll Live Until I Die Riding the Wind Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
2/27/42 Going On a Hayride Tonight Riding the Wind Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
4/17/42 Land of the Open Range Land of the Open Range Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
4/17/42 Ki-Yo My Horse Is Slow Land of the Open Range Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
6/5/42 Come On Danger Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
7/24/42 Ramble On Thundering Hoofs Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
7/24/42 Thundering Hoof Beats Thundering Hoofs Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
9/25/42 Move Along Little Dogie Bandit Ranger Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
9/25/42 I'm Musical Ike Bandit Ranger Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
11/20/42 Where the Mountains Meet the Moonlight Pirates of the Prairie Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
11/20/42 Grandpop Pirates of the Prairie Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
1/29/43 On the Outlaw Trail Fighting Frontier Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
1/29/43 The Edwards and the Drews Fighting Frontier Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
4/2/43 Down the Cherokee Trail Sagebrush Law Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
4/2/43 Crazy Old Trails Sagebrush Law Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
7/23/43 Twilight on the Prairie Red River Robin Hood Ray Whitley and Fred Rose RKO
6/14/44 Twilight on the Prairie Twilight on the Prairie Ray Whitley and Fred Rose Universal
7/7/44 Twilight on the Prairie Trigger Trail Ray Whitley and Fred Rose Universal
10/15/45 I Hang My Head and Cry Flaming Bullets Gene Autry, Ray Whitley and Fred Rose P.R.C.
5/15/49 Across the Rio Grande Across the Rio Grande Ray Whitley and Jimmy Wakely Monogram
9/8/52 Back in the Saddle Again Wagon Team Ray Whitley and Gene Autry (rewrite) Columbia
= Whitley is credited with one or more tunes in these films, but we need to determine the specific song titles.


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