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The Roy Rogers Show

The Roy Rogers Show
Genre Western
Action/Adventure
Comedy
Directed by George Blair
John English
Leslie H. Martinson
Don McDougall
Christian Nyby
Robert G. Walker
Starring Roy Rogers
Dale Evans
Pat Brady
Trigger, the Golden Palomino
Bullet, the Wonder Dog
Ending theme "Happy Trails"
Composer(s) Lou Bring
Nat Farber
Frank Worth
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 100 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Larry Kent
Jack Lacey
Roy Rogers
Arthur Rush
Producer(s) Bob Henry
Jack Lacey
Cinematography Joe Novak
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run December 30, 1951 – June 9, 1957

The Roy Rogers Show is an American Western television series that broadcast one hundred episodes on NBC for six seasons between December 30, 1951 and June 9, 1957. The show starred Roy Rogers as a ranch owner, Dale Evans as the proprietress of the Eureka Cafe in fictional Mineral City, and Pat Brady as Roy’s sidekick and Dale's cook. Brady's jeep Nellybelle had a mind of her own and often sped away driverless with Brady in frantic pursuit on foot. Animal stars were Roy's Palomino horse, Trigger, and his German Shepherd wonder dog, Bullet.

Interior shots for the show were filmed at the Samuel Goldwyn Studio, with much of the outdoor action footage filmed on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif. The program was originally sponsored by General Foods (Post Cereals and Jell-O). The show's theme song, “Happy Trails”, was written by Dale Evans and sung over the end credits by Rogers and Evans.

The show received an Emmy nomination in 1955 for Best Western or Adventure Series, but it lost out to the syndicated Stories of the Century, an anthology series starring and narrated by Jim Davis.[1]

Beginning in 1961, CBS broadcast reruns of The Roy Rogers Show for three and a half seasons on Saturday mornings. Reruns also aired in France in 1962. Reruns are currently being aired on RFD-TV, which also sells T-shirts and plush toys of Trigger and Bullet. Reruns are also currently broadcast on local Christian television channel in Florida, "Good Life 45".

Like Rogers’s films, the series featured traditional cowboys and cowgirls riding horses and carrying six-shooters in a contemporary setting where they coexisted with automobiles, telephones, and electric lighting. No attempt was made in the scripts to explain or justify this strange blend of 19th-century characters with 20th-century technology. Typical episodes followed the stars as they rescued the weak and helpless from the clutches of dishonest lawmen, claim jumpers, rustlers, and other "bad guys." The show was merchandised for the juvenile market with comic books, play sets, western costumes, and many other items.

References

  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present, 4th ed., New York: Penguin Books, 1996, p. 793

External links

  • The Roy Rogers Show at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Roy Rogers Show at TV.com
  • The Roy Rogers Show at epguides.com
  • at the Iverson Movie RanchThe Roy Rogers Show
  • Iverson Movie Ranch: History, vintage photos.


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