An Autobiography: Chapter 2, Western Film Stars: Tex Ritter’s 25th Wedding Anniversary


| 5/3/2012 8:47:02 AM


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Thurston Moore head shotWhen I was a kid, I looked forward all week to Saturday afternoon when I went to the Broadway Theater to see a cowboy film. Didn’t matter whether it was Buck Jones, Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy or Johnny Mack Brown. All those great “B” Western stars were our American Folk Heroes. And their horses were just as important, too. All of us young boys knew the names of the stars’ horses. Tom Mix’s Tony; Gene Autry’s Champion; Tex Ritter’s Flash; Johnny Mack Brown’s Rebel; Buck Jones’ Silver; Roy Rogers’ Trigger; and Ken Maynard’s Tarzan. How little did I know that many years later I would meet and be associated with some of the super stars of the silver screen. 

Johnny Mack Brown and his horse Rebel. 

Johnny Mack Brown and his horse, Rebel. 

Tim McCoy and Buck Jones. 

Tim McCoy and Buck Jones. 

In the 1930s, the movie cost 10 cents, and in those Depression days that was a lot of money. I don’t ever remember having money for popcorn, but just to get that golden pass to enter those sacred halls was enough.

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NEBRASKA DAVE
5/5/2012 2:14:26 PM

Thurston, thanks for the memories. I too remember the 10 cent movie days. That would be in the small town USA (population 300) with only one showing of the movie on Saturday night. It would be early fifties and the whole experience would be $.25 with the popcorn. Afterward a stroll down the two block main street to the creamery for an icecream would top off the evening. Have a great day remembering the good old days.





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