(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)
(Pressbook clipping courtesy of Les Adams)
Above is Rodd Redwing (1904-1971), and the photo above left is from CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA.
Redwing was noted as the fastest - or one of the fastest - quick draw artists and instructed many of the Hollywood cowboys. He was also handy with a knife and whip.
He appeared in many westerns, serials, and television shows and his career spanned from the mid 1930s through about 1971. Most of his roles were portraying Native Americans.
I do remember him in the cliffhanger, THE SON OF GERONIMO (Columbia, 1952) ... and he was 'Porico', the Son of Geronimo. Clayton Moore starred - he was available during his year off from the Lone Ranger TV show (when John Hart portrayed the LR). And Redwing and Moore (and their doubles) have several good fist fights.
But the Redwing roles I best remember are playing the Gurkha Sergeant breaking trail for Errol Flynn and his paratroopers in OBJECTIVE BURMA (Warners, 1945), and as a cavalry trooper / Indian guide in LITTLE BIG HORN (Lippert, 1951) which starred Lloyd Bridges and John Ireland.
Redwing claimed to be a member of the Chickasaw tribe. There was more on his heritage in an April, 1951 syndicated "Sights and Sounds from Hollywood" column by Gene Hanksaker. Excerpt:
"He's a fascinating fellow, half Chicksaw [sic] and half Hindu. His India-born, Brahman father was a mind-reader on the Keith vaudeville circuit. His Mississippi born mother operated beauty parlors with her sisters in New York. There she met and married 'Prince Rajpurkaii'. Rod's original name was Rodric Ashmed Tokaji Hokar Kar Rajpurkaii."
The June 2, 1971 issue of Variety reported on Redwing's death from a heart attack. Excerpt: " ... was stricken en route from London 30 minutes before landing at L. A. International Airport. He was pronounced dead 35 minutes later. He was returning from Spain, where he appeared in 'The Red Sun.' "
More on his wife, Erika R. Wagner:
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Rodd Redwing (1904 - 1971) at Hollywood Forever (Hollywood Memorial Cemetery), Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7893643
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Rodd Redwing: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0715192/
(Courtesy of Jim Martin)
Fast draw champion Jim Martin, Redwing and Jock Mahoney did trick shooting shows in the 1950s in Southern California and Las Vegas. Jim writes:
"Above is Rodd standing proudly next to the bullet backstop displaying knife and pendulum with two targets, one on each side of the blade. The shot is called 'the pendulum trick'. With the pendulum swinging from side to side, one bullet passes thru the open two-inch hole. The bullet is split on the knife blade and breaks both targets.
Jim Martin has more on friend Rodd Redwing: http://www.gunfightergulch.com/stories/jim-martin-rodd-redwing-hollywood-gun-coach
(Courtesy of Jim Martin)
(Courtesy of Ken Jones)
Above is Rodd Redwing in the Ken Curtis starrer, RIDERS OF THE PONY EXPRESS (Screencraft, 1949).