Those Great Cowboy Sidekicks is an in-depth examination of such fondly remembered comic character actors as George "Gabby" Hayes,Smiley Burnette, Andy Devine, Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Pat Buttram, and many other sidekicks of the B Westerns-thirty-nine in all! Much of Those Great Cowboy Sidekicks is told through the reminiscences of the sidekicks themselves (those who are still kicking) and the cowboy stars who enjoyed the company of these often bewhiskered, tobacco-chewing saddle pals. Author David Rothel interviewed many of the top Western stars, sidekicks, heroines, directors, writers, relatives, and Gower Gulch extras in his effort to tell the story of these comic actors. Mr. Rothel also provides the reader with the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes to discover the manner in which Western screen comedy was created. (It wasn't all just falling into horse troughs, you may be sure!) Revised publication from Lone Pine Film History Publishing Group.
About the Author
Author David Rothel’s lifelong fascination with show business began with frequent visits to the three movie theatres in Elyria, Ohio, where he was intrigued and inspired by what he saw on the silver screen. He has since gone from youthful observer to published authority on various aspects of popular entertainment, all of which is reflected in his thirteen books on show business history. In addition to being an educator and theatre producer/director through the years, from the 1970s through 2003, David interviewed dozens of show business personalities for his radio program Nostalgia Newsbreak in Florida, and for “Guest Star” panels at film festivals where he was the moderator. David’s fascination with the western film genre caused him to research and write books on many of the leading stars of those films. He had the opportunity to personally interview Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and other leading and supporting players for his books. David’s book on western film locations, An Ambush of Ghosts: a Personal Guide to Favorite Western Film Locations was twice featured on Leonard Maltin segments on Entertainment Tonight. His book The Singing Cowboys led to an appearance on NPR’s All Things Considered. The BBC’s Omnibus television series featured David’s book The Great Show Business Animals on one of its programs. In 2012 David Rothel received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Williamsburg Film Festival for “His Dedication and Outstanding Contributions in Honoring the Golden Age of Hollywood.” David and his wife Nancy live in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Dahlonega, Georgia.