Movies

Well, I suppose the best place to start for me would be when I was old enough to go to the movies that I wanted to see by myself and that would be starting in about 1950.

At that time we had five movie theaters: the Keystone, Park, Karlton, Rialto and Capital theaters, but for a boy of nine years old there was only one, and that was the Keystone Theater on West Third Street. 

The Karlton Theater was on Pine Street behind the Carroll House department store, what is now M&T Bank. My  Dad use to take me to the fights that they scheduled  there at times.

On Saturdays the Keystone Theater had an afternoon matinée, “Double Feature,” and all of our Hero’s would come alive on the big screen. At that time Mom would give me 50cents and that would cover the bus fair downtown and back and 25cents for the movie and still have enough left for a small snack.

My Mom and Dad knew Homer Bennett, the bus driver on our route, and he would see that I got to the theater, and home when it was over.

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The King of the Cowboys was Roy Rogers and his horse was named Trigger. Along with Roy was Dale Evans who later became his wife.  Dale Evans was fondly known as Queen of The West.

We would spend the afternoon at the Keystone theater and then come home and play cowboy’s and Indians. 

There were many others cowboys that we liked also: Lash LaRue, Allan “Rocky” Lane, Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Andy Devine, Gabby Hayes and many more great actors that kept us on the edge of our seats every Saturday. 

When I was old enough and responsible, Dad bought me a Daisy BB Gun. WOW that was the neatest thing in the world.


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I remember when the B-B Gun would lose some of its power we would pour Hoppy’s #9 gun cleaner down the barrel and it would be good as new again.


“Happy Trails To You”  An End of an Era.

The young guns may not understand the meaning of this, but you should!


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The END OF AN ERA….

The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson Missouri has closed it’s doors forever.

The contents of the museum were sold at a public auction.

Roy Rogers told his son, if the museum ever operates at a loss, close it and sell the contents. He complied.

Note the following article truly the end of an error.

Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at the auction…

Roy’s 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500 it was estimated to sell between 100 and $150 thousand dollars.


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His script book from the January 14, 1953 episode of “ This Is Your Life” sold for $10,000  (EST $800 — $1000.)

A collection of signed baseballs ( Pete Rose, Duke Snyder and other greats”) sold for $3,750.

A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller, and others) sold for $2750.

Triggers saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (EST 100-150K).

One of many of Roy shirt’s sold for $16,250 and one of his many cowboy hats sold for $17,500.


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One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. ( He never used a set of spurs on Trigger)

A life-size shooting gallery sold for $27,500.

Various chandeliers sold from $6875-$20,000. Very unique and artistic in their Western-style.


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Roy’s first boots

One of many pairs of Roy's boots sold for $21,250.

A sign photograph by Don Larsen taken during his perfect game in the World Series against the Dodgers on October 8, 1953, along with a sign baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2500.


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Two fabulous limited edition BB guns in their original boxes with numerous photos of Roy, Dale, Gabby, and Pat sold for $3750.

A collection of memorabilia from his shows entertaining the troops in Vietnam sold for $938. I never knew he was there.

His flight jacket sold for $7500.


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His set of dinnerware plates and silverware sold for $11,875.

The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8750.

One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.

Nellybelle sold for $116,500.


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A fabulous painting of Roy, Dale, Pat, Buttermilk, Trigger, and Bullet sold for $10,625.

One of several sets of movie posters sold for $18,750.

A black-and-white photograph of Gene Autry with a touching inscription from Gene to Roy sold for $17,500.

A Republic Productions poster bearing many autographs of the people that played in Roy’s movies sold for $11,875.

Dale’s horse, Buttermilk (whose history is very interesting) sold below the pre-sale estimate for $25,000 (EST.$30-$40,000).


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Bullet sold for $35,000  

(EST $10-$15K)

He was their real pet.






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Trigger sold for $266,500.









Do you remember the 1938 movie the adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland? Olivia rode Trigger in that movie.

Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby.

Roy bought Trigger on a time payment plan for $2500.

Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together.

Trigger even outdid Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie    “Son of Paleface” in 1953.

It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever. Despite the fact that Gene and Roy’s movies, as well as those of other great characters, can be bought or rented for viewing, today's kids would rather spend their time playing video games.

Today it takes a very special pair of parents to raise their kids with the right values and morals.

These were the great heroes of our childhood, and they did teach us right from wrong, and how to have and show respect for each other and the animals that share this earth.

We were able to grow up with these great people even if we never met them.

In their own way they taught us patriotism and honor, we learned that lying and cheating were bad, and sex wasn’t as important as love.

We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure and work through it.

Our lives were drug-free.

So its goodbye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy, The Lone Ranger and Tonto.

Thanks to Capt. Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers and Capt. Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better.


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It was a great ride through childhood. 


HAPPY TRAILS MY FRIENDS!!!

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