The earliest well known old western movie produced was The Great Train Robbery. Filmed in 1903, it was not the first, but it ushered in a new era of "actor" - the stuntman. In the early days of Hollywood, the rodeo riders brought a battery of rodeo techniques that would expand and improve the excitement for the silver screen including horse falls and wagon wrecks, along with the harnesses and cable rigs to make the stunts foolproof and safe. They devised new safety devices including the 'L' stirrup, which allowed a man to fall off a horse without getting hung in the stirrup and cabling and equipment to cause spectacular wagon crashes, while releasing the team, all on the same spot every time. These safety methods saved film-makers time and money and prevented accidents and injury to performers. Yakima Canutt, an early pioneer contributed greatly to the craft, introducing a number of special rigging and effects to create drama and adventure to the filming.
Listed below are the men and women that brought their craft to Westerns.
- - -Thank you to Neil Summers and Boyd Magers for their cumulative research on this Stuntmen in the industry.- - -
The Museum's updated Hopalong Cassidy exhibit has an extensive range of memorabilia including original film posters, comic books, plates, lunch boxes, clothes, toy guns, milk cartons, watches, games, table lights and much, much more. Our smaller and initial exhibit was through the courtesy ofU.S. Television Inc., the copyrights holder to the Hoppy Library and present day merchandising. Many of these items remain on display.
In June of 2014, we received a call from long term friend of the Museum. That call led to an introduction to one of William Boyd's most ardent fans, now living near Phoenix, Arizona. Along with collecting William Boyd and Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia since age 12 (now 80) our benefactor has documented Boyd's career in numerous 3-ring binders. These beautifully cared for artifacts include articles, pictures, photos, letters and so much more. Over 300 initial items now make up the Hopalong/Marshall Collection. A peak into the room can be seen below and in the picture above. (Check out those manikins and outfits) How many remember the Hopalong Bike? And by the way...it's in perfect condition! Relive memories of one of America's greatest heroes - come see it all soon. One of these very special documents has been scanned below - a 1948 Fan letter with a beautiful picture of Hoppy and his wife, Grace Bradley Boyd.
The series and characters were so popular that Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the cover of National Magazines such as Look, Life and Time earned Boyd millions as Hopalong ($800,000 in 1950 alone),mostly from merchandise licensing and endorsement deals. In 1950, Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the first lunchbox to bear an image, causing sales for Aladdin Industries to jump from 50,000 units to 600,000 units in just one year. In stores, more than 100 companies in 1950 manufactured $70 million of Hopalong Cassidy products, including children's dinnerware, pillows, roller skates, soap, wristwatches, and jackknives.
Hopalong TV theme
FAN MAIL 1948 - Check out Picture of Grace & Hoppy
Watch Hoppy DVD's
1952-03-15 MBS Hopalong Cassidy - The Santa Claus Rustlers
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