(Courtesy of Jerry Whittington)
Dale Carson --- Sunset's brother? ... Sunset's twin brother? Enlargement below.
"Dale Carson" was Sunset's brother, Herman Dale Harrison (born October 12, 1923, Gracemont, Caddo County, Oklahoma).
I met Dale Harrison (Dale Carson) on a trip to New Orleans with Sunset Carson to set up distribution for MARSHAL OF WINDY HOLLOW with William H. Cobb who had over 1,500 theaters. The 16mm, 85 minute MARSHAL OF WINDY HOLLOW was to be blown up to 35mm for the theaters (not knowing at the time that the film would not be finished by Jack Cates). Mr. Cobb's distribution company had also distributed the five Astor films of Sunsets. Those five Astor Films were also shot in 16mm color and blown up to 35mm. All of Sunset's Astor films were printed in B&W 35mm with the exception of SUNSET CARSON RIDES AGAIN. Mr. Cobb thought that title was the best and should be printed in 35mm color and released. Mr. Cobb had the Dale Carson and Sunset Carson pictures in his office and Sunset gave me one ... so that's how I got the 8x10 B&W photo (above) of the two of them. Dale Harrison was a lot like Sunset, tall and lanky.
Sunset's last film for Republic studios was RIO GRANDE RAIDERS (1946). A few years later, he did five very, very low budget B-westerns which were independently produced by Walt Mattox's Yucca Pictures Corporation and released by Astor. Mattox had earlier done HARMONY TRAIL (1944) with Ken Maynard, Eddie Dean and Max Terhune, which Astor released in 1947 as WHITE STALLION. I asked Les Adams to run his trusty database and see if he had any references to either "Dale Harrison" or "Dale Carson".
Les found: Dale Harrison is credited as "Tompkins" in SUNSET CARSON RIDES AGAIN (1948) and as a henchman in Sunset's FIGHTING MUSTANG (1948). He is billed as Dale Carson (as henchman "Rusty") in BATTLING MARSHAL (1950). Sunset's other two films for Mattox were DEADLINE (1948) and RIO GRANDE (1949).