Joel McCrea began his film career in 1927 and believe it or not, worked in films for about 10 years,before he ever got a part in a western. After appearing in his first western, McCrea realized that this was what he wanted to do. He was raised around horses and ranching and later, said that when he was on a horse, with a pair of boots on, he didn't feel like an actor, but just a fella doing whatever was going on in the film. He was always one of the two best horsemen in Hollywood, along with Ben Johnson. Before hs career was over, McCrea appeared in over 90 films, about half of which were westerns. He was voted into the Western Hall Of Performers, in the National Cowboy And Heritage Museum in 1969. Unlike the 40's matinee stars, McCrea was a big name film star, who appeared in some really good westerns. When commenting on his performance with Randolph Scott in ,Ride The High Country, McCrea said that it was panned by the critics and that he and Scott had never received such criticism before. He also said that he and Scott were 2 washed up actors, playing a couple of washed up lawmen. Strange, that he would say that about one of the classic westerns, but McCrea was never one to " toot his own whistle". After retiring from acting, McCrea went back to doing what he loved, ranching and horses. He lived to the ripe ole age of 84, and died in 1990.
If you're too young to remember Roy Rogers, then you're probably still putting milk on your whiskers and letting the cat lick them off!!
Roy got his start singing with several bands, before formng The Sons Of The Pioneers with Bob Nolan in 1936. He appeared as a bandit opposite Gene Autry in 1937, in a film titled The Old Corral. Roy made a couple of westerns under the name Dick Weston, before settling for the name of his dentist, Roy Rogers and starring in his first film under that name in, Under Western Stars in 1938. His real name was Leonard Sly. In 1954, Roy appeared in the film, King Of The Cowboys and after that, when someone said Roy Rogers, they just tacked that on after his name. Roy appeared in over 100 western films, during his career and in 1944 was paired with his future wife, Dale Evans, with which he would appear in over 30 films. In 1951, Roy took on the t.v. series The Roy Rogers Show, which ran from 1951-1957, which again featured Roy, Dale and his sidekick, Pat Brady. Unlike Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Hopalong Cassidy and Gene Autry, Roy was a salaried contract player and was paid at the rate of 500.00 per week for his films, so unlike the above stars, Roy never became immensly wealthy and was forced to open the Roy Rogers Museum after his retirement. Roy was always one of my two favorites of the matinee cowboys, the other being Lash LaRue. With his curled brim stetson, his fancy silver mounted saddle and holsters and his beautiful Palomino horse, Trigger, he was the picture of the heroic cowboy. And it didn't hurt none, that he could sing without a nasal twang!!
Whut Tinhorn said yesterday!!