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Stunt Men & Women

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    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.- - -

    Wayne Burson
    Yakima Canutt
    Bill Catching
    Richard Farnsworth
    Bud Geary
    Fred Graham
    Duke Green
    Chuck Hayward
    Bobby Herron
    John Bear Hudkins
    Whitey Hughes
    Loren Janes
    Fred Krone
    Cliff Lyons
    Jock Mahoney
    Ted Mapes
    Frank McGrath
    Leo McMahon
    Montie Montana
    Boyd “Red” Morgan
    Gil Perkins
    Rodd Redwing
    Chuck Roberson
    Danny Sands
    Dave Sharpe
    Dean Smith
    Boyd Stockman
    Dale Van Sickel
    Tom Steele
    Bob Terhune
    Jack Williams
    Henry Wills
    Terry Wilson
    Bob Woodward
    Al Wyatt
    Joe Yrigoyen


    Polly Burson
    Donna Hall

    Alice Van

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    Exhibit Updated August 2014


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    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 of U.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'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

    Hopalong_Vol_3     Hopalong_4_Disc_Collector    Hoppy_5

    Radio Shows

    1952-03-15 MBS Hopalong Cassidy - The Santa Claus Rustlers

    Hopalong Cassidy - The Mystery of Skull Valley

    Hopalong Cassidy Trailers

     Films shot in Lone Pine

    Don't miss the Definitive book
    Available in our Museum Store and on-line. 


    Hoppyland?  On May 26, 1951, an amusement park named Hoppyland opened in the Venice section of Los Angeles. This was an expansion and retheming of Venice Lake Park(opened the previous year) as Boyd became an investor. Standing on some 80 acres it included aroller coasterminiature railroads, pony rides, boat ride, Ferris wheel, carousel, and other thrill rides along with picnic grounds and recreational facilities. Despite Boyd's regular appearances as Hoppy at the park, it was not a success and shut down in 1954.

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Contact Info

The Museum of Western Film History
701 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545