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THE ORIGINAL COWBOY BICYCLE FOR 1952

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William Lawrence Boyd (June 5, 1895 – September 12, 1972)

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SHOWS LAST EPISODE ON THIS DAY IN 1961


From left: Howard McNear, William Conrad, Georgia Ellis,
and Parley Baer.

The radio series “Gunsmoke” first aired on CBS on April 26, 1952 and
ended on June 18, 1961. The show stars William Conrad as Marshal
Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as
Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Dillon’s assistant, Chester Wesley
Proudfoot. The TV series changed the newly limping Chester’s last
name from Proudfoot to Goode.

 

 


Sound-effects man Ray Kemper (left)
with William Conrad.


Conrad with cast member Georgia Ellis.

 
William Conrad 
(September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994)

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SERIES BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1956

Fort Laramie spot ad from the February 1 1956

The CBS Radio Western series Fort Laramie starring Raymond Burr
aired January 22–October 28, 1956. Produced and directed by Norman
Macdonnell
, this Western drama depicted life at old Fort Laramie during
the 19th Century. The 41 episodes starred Raymond Burr as Lee Quince,
captain of the cavalry. One year later, Burr became a television star as
Perry Mason.

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BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1913

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Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964)

Popular actor Alan Ladd played the title role in the 1953 western movie,
Shane. Before fame, Ladd opened a hamburger and malt shop called
Tiny’s Patio before becoming a studio carpenter and an actor.

 

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MOVIE RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1967

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The Fastest Guitar Alive is a MGM motion picture starring singer Roy Orbison
in his only starring role as an actor. As a musical western, the story is set near
the end of the American Civil War with Orbison portraying a Southern spy with
a bullet-shooting guitar.

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