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PostSubject: August 24 Birthday Wishes   Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:17 am

Tom London [1889 - 1963]

Preston Foster [1900 - 1970]

Rodd Redwing [1904 -1971]

Hal Smith [1916 - 1994]

Penny Edwards [1928 - 1998]
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PostSubject: Re: August 24 Birthday Wishes   Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:05 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Tom London began his career in 1915, as an uncredited actor. Between 1915 and 1963, London appeared in literally hundreds of films of all genre, but especially westerns. In the 1930's, he appeared in All Quite On The Western Front and The Perils Of Pauline. During the 40's he appeared in Hopalong Cassidy and Lone Ranger films along with The Ox Bow Incident and in the 50's he appeared in Rancho Notorious and High Noon. He is listed in the Guiness Book Of Records, as having appeared in more films than anyone else. Starting in the 50's he also appeared on just about every western t.v series on. Unfortunately, the last 10 years of his career were also uncredited!!

Preston Foster's career spanned from 1929-1960's. He was a big name during the late 40's and 50's, with appearances in Guadalcanal Diary, Three Desperate Men, I, The Jury and Waterfront. I remember the pencil thin mustache and the tough guy personna, that he portrayed so well.

Rodd Redwing actually appeared in a film in 1912, but it was in 1942 that he became serious about acting. He appeared in Rancho Notorious, Hellgate, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Shalako and Charro. He is most famous for teaching the fast draw to Glenn Ford, Clayton Moore, Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley and many others. It was Rodd Redwing that taught Glenn Ford how to start with his single action cocked and then cock it for the 2nd shot on the cartridges on the belt above. This was the shot that Ford demonstrated in The Fastest Gun Alive, when he shot the coins and the beer mug. Redwing supposedly could draw and fire in 2/10's of a second.

Hal Smith began his career in film, in 1946 on the radio. He also did voices for Hannah Barbera cartoons, such as Goofy and Elmer Fudd. He appeared on many of the 50's westens series, like The Life And Time Of Wyatt Earp, Bonanza, and many others, but it is the role of Otis Campbell, the town drunk, on The Andy Griffith Show that he will be best remembered for.

Penny Edwards began acting in 1947 and was picked by Dale Evans to replace her in the Roy Rogers films, when Dale was pregnant. She had a relationship with Ronald Reagan during the late 40's, but it was broken up because of Penny's religious convictions, as a Seventh Day Adventist. This led to her retirement in 1953, but after a 3 year absence, she began to appear in many of the 50's and 60's t.v. westerns, such as Tombstone Territory, The Restless Gun and The Virginian. She ended her career again in 1961 on Death Valley Days.

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