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Cowboy Quiz

So you think you know cowboy movies? If you can answer 30 of the following questions correctly, we'll concede you a sheriff's star. Answer 35 and you can qualify for the Hoot Gibson Hall of Fame. And if you know 40, we'll call you the Fastest Cowboy movie fan in the South. And we'll smile when we say it.

Answers at the end of the page.

Tom Mix

The name Tom Mix is almost synonymous with western movies. Let's start our quiz with a few questions about this legendary movie cowboy.

1. What was Tom Mix's real name?

2. Where was he born?

3. True or false: he was married five times,

once to a circus aerialist.

4. He retired from films in 1934—to do what?

5. How did he die?

Reel Names

Let's try the name game for a while:

6. There were three early cowboy stars with the last name Farnum. Name them.

Real names please for the following:

7. Hoot Gibson

8. Buck Jones

9. Art Mix

10. Buffalo Bill, Jr.

11. Ken Maynard

12. Bob Steele

13. John Wayne

14. Randolph Scott

15. Buster Crabbe

16. Tex Ritter

17. Roy Rogers

18. Andy Devine

 

Horse Operas

Every cowboy had his favorite horse. See if you can name the horse of each of the following:

19. Tom Mix

20. Ken Maynard

21. Buck Jones

22. William Boyd

Duke

Let's turn now to that all-timer John Wayne:

23. Wayne was a famous tackle on the University of Southern California football team. Name his teammate who also became a western star.

24. Wayne's first starring role was "The Big

Trail" — an epic 1930 western which made him a star. However, he had a bit part in another film while in college. Name the film and the director.

25. Unbelievable as it may seem, John Wayne was the first singing cowboy

hero—beating Gene Autry to the punch by about two years. Name the movie series.

26. Easier to believe is the fact that the singing was dubbed in. Who was the voice behind Wayne?

 

Trio westerns
Somewhere along the line, some movie producer got the bright idea of combining three stars in one western, And thus was born the trio western.

27. Name the first trio.

28. A total of 66 trio westerns were released between 1935 and 1948. The most popular trio was 'The Three Mesquiteers," with Bob Livingston as Stoney Brooke, Ray Corrigan as Tuscon Smith, and Sid Saylor as Lullaby Joslin. The series lasted for ten years and produced 51 features and a lot of money.

Twelve actors were involved in the three parts. Name the two actors who played Stoney Brooke after Livingston.

29. Another very famous trio were "The Trail Blazers," who are usually remembered as Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard and Bob Steele. Who later replaced Maynard?

Sidekicks

Sidekicks were a fashion in western movies for a time. Usually the sidekick was a buffoon and master story-teller. Identify the sidekick of the following cowboys:

30. Gene Autry

31. Jimmy Wakely

32. Tex Kilter

33. Rocky Lane

34. How did Roy Rogers find his sidekick Pat Brady?

35. There were two famous "Fuzzy" sidekicks. Name them.

William S. Hart

No western quiz would be complete without a few questions about William S. Hart. Herewith:

36. What does the "S" stand for?

37. He was the first cowboy to feature his horse. The pinto's name, please.

38. The man many consider the greatest cowboy star of all time was blacklisted by the movie industry in 1924 and never made a picture after that. Why?

Loose ends

The first western serial was produced in 1916 and starred Marie Waleamp, Jack Holt, Neal Hart, Eddie Polo, and Roy Stewart.

39. What was it's title?

40. What did Clayton Moore, of "Lone Ranger" fame do before he became a cowboy star?

41. What cowboy star went on to become the voice of "Mr. Ed" on the TV series?

42. Who played Little Beaver in the "Red Ryder" movies?

43.Alfred "Lash" LaRue made many westerns prior to 1945, but it wasn't until then that he starting catching on as a star. With Fuzzy St. John as his sidekick , he made a number of "Cheyenne Kid" movies in which he wore a black costume, carried a whip and rode a black horse. Name the horse.

44. George "Gabby" Hayes was the quintessential sidekick— a lovable old rascal. Who was his first movie cowboy partner?

45. Duncan Renaldo starred as both the movie and the TV Cisco Kid, with Leo Carrillo as his sidekick Pancho. Name his horse.

46. The classic western expression "Smile when you say that" comes from what movie?

47. How did Buck Jones die?

Answers

1. Thomas Mix

2. Contrary to rumors, he was not from Texas, but from Dubois Pennsylvania

3. True, of course. We couldn't make up a question like that

4. To run the Sam Dill Circus

5. In an auto crash near Florence, Arizona while on a publicity trip for the circus

6. Dustin, of course, but also William and Franklyn

7. Edmund Gibson

8. Charles Gebhardt

9. Confusingly enough, Victor Adamson first used the name, but he became more famous as Denver Dixon, so the name was taken by George Kesterson

10. Jay Wilsey

11. Ken Maynard

12. Robert Bradbury, Jr.

13. Marion Morrison

14. Randolph Crane

15. Clarence Crabbe

16. Maurice Hitter

17. Leonard Stye

18. Jeremiah Schwartz

19. Tony

20. Tarzan

21. Silver

22. Topper

23. Ward Bond

24. "Salute" directed by John Ford

25. Singing Sandy

26. Smith Ballew

27. Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd), Johnny Nelson (James Ellison), and Windy Holliday (Al "Fuzzy" St. John)

28. John Wayne, Tom Tyler. Ralph Evans also played the part, but it was only for one picture while Livingston was recovering from an injury received while filming a chase scene.

29. Chief Thundercloud

30. Smiley Burnette, later replaced by Pat Buttram

31. Lee "Lasses" White

32. Slim Andrews and Horace Murphy

33. Eddy Waller

34. Brady was singing in Rogers' group "The Sons of the Pioneers"

35. Al "Fuzzy" St. John and John "Fuzzy" Knight.

36. Surrey

37. Fritz

38. A combination of factors. His pictures were declining in popularity because they were repetitive.     The studios tried to force him to give up his devotion to authenticity and make more commercial pictures, but he refused. When his last film "Tumbleweeds" was a bust, he sued United Artists claiming they failed to adequately publicize the film.  The lawsuit was the final straw and he was blacklisted. (He eventually won a $278.000 judgment in the suit in 1940.)

39. Liberty, Daughter of the U.S.A.

40. Circus trapeze artist

41. Rocky Lane

42. Robert Blake, who now plays "Baretta" on TV

43. Rush

44. John Wayne

45. Diablo

46. The Virginian (it was originally in the book)

47. Killed in a fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in 1942

 

Kingsport Times-News Weekender, August 23,1975 Page 5

 

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