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There are quite a few unsung B-movie cowboys (and cowgirls). They deserve a bit of fanfare. So I thought I would attempt to do that here.

 

The following performers have films available for streaming on Amazon Prime:

 

HOOT GIBSON

SMITH BALLEW

SUNSET CARSON

REX ALLEN

WILLIAM BOYD

JOHNNY MACK BROWN

BUCK JONES

JACK RANDALL

BUSTER CRABBE

BILL ELLIOTT

THE WEAVER BROTHERS and ELVIRY

LASH LARUE

JOHN WAYNE (before he became an A-list star)

KEN MAYNARD

DALE EVANS and ROY ROGERS

EDDIE DEAN

MICHAEL CHAPIN and EILENE JANSSEN

BOB STEELE

ALLAN LANE

DON BARRY

TIM MCCOY

TEX RITTER

TOM TYLER

ROBERT LIVINGSTON

GENE AUTRY

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These B westerns starring Hoot Gibson are available on Amazon Prime:

 

DEATH VALLEY RANGERS

THE LAW RIDES AGAIN

ARIZONA WHIRLWIND 

SONORA STAGECOACH

OUTLAW TRAIL 

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Before going on to the next cowboy star, I want to point out the 'fine print' at the bottom of the poster for RAWHIDE. It mentions Lou Gehrig. Yes, the baseball player Lou Gehrig. He costarred in this late-30s B-western. We tend to think of Gary Cooper's performance as Gehrig a few years later in THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES-- but Gehrig himself once tried his hand at 'acting' in Hollywood movies.

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Some of Sunset Carson's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:


 


RIO GRANDE RAIDERS


ALIAS BILLY THE KID


CODE OF THE PRAIRIE


CALL OF THE ROCKIES


SHERIFF IN CIMARRON


OREGON TRAIL


ROUGH RIDERS OF CHEYENNE


EL PASO KID


THE CHEROKEE FLASH

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Some of Rex Allen's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:


 


RODEO KING AND THE SENORITA


OLD OKLAHOMA PLAINS


THE ARIZONA COWBOY


IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIL


SHADOWS OF TOMBSTONE


BORDER SADDLEMATES


OLD OVERLAND TRAIL


THE LAST MUSKETEER


PHANTOM STALLION


HILLS OF OKLAHOMA


SILVER CITY BONANZA


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Two of William Boyd's westerns are available on Amazon Prime:


 


LAW OF THE PAMPAS (a Hopalong Cassidy picture)


THE PAINTED DESERT (an early talkie with Clark Gable)


 


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His real name was Addison Owen Jack Randall. He was sometimes billed as Addison Randall, but most often as Jack Randall. One of his westerns is available on Amazon Prime:


 


ACROSS THE PLAINS


 


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Several of Buster Crabbe's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 

BORDER BADMEN

STAGECOACH OUTLAWS

FIGHTING BILL CARSON

PRAIRIE BADMEN

LIGHTNING RAIDERS

GENTLEMEN WITH GUNS

PRAIRIE RUSTLERS

OUTLAWS OF THE PLAINS

GHOST OF THE HIDDEN VALLEY

OATH OF VENGEANCE

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How could a horse forget several of Bill Elliott's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:


 


CALLING WILD BILL ELLIOTT


HIDDEN VALLEY OUTLAWS


DEATH VALLEY MANHUNT


OVERLAND MAIL ROBBERY


BORDERTOWN GUN FIGHTERS


 


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The Weavers were a popular hillbilly act signed by Republic in the late 1930s. Between 1938 and 1943, they made eleven B films at the studio that were a hit with rural audiences. In one of them, a young Roy Rogers plays a supporting character. Available on Amazon Prime:


 


GRAND OLE OPRY


ARKANSAS JUDGE


 


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The Weavers were a popular hillbilly act signed by Republic in the late 1930s. Between 1938 and 1943, they made eleven B films at the studio that were a hit with rural audiences. In one of them, a young Roy Rogers plays a supporting character. Available on Amazon Prime:

 

GRAND OLE OPRY

ARKANSAS JUDGE

 

After posting this comment yesterday, I sat down and watched both of these...they're short, like 65 minutes each. The one with Roy Rogers (ARKANSAS JUDGE) features Spring Byington in a rare turn at Republic, but the story does not seem to make much sense in my opinion-- though the music-playing scenes are good. The other title, GRAND OLE OPRY, is most enjoyable-- there's a silly but fun story about corrupt politicians, and the musical numbers are spectacular. Opry star Roy Acuff makes an appearance in one of the scenes, crooning his trademark hit 'Wabash Cannonball.' 

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Many of John Wayne's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:


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WESTWARD HO


WYOMING OUTLAW


LAWLESS RANGE


PARADISE CANYON


BLUE STEEL


HELLTOWN


MAN FROM UTAH


WINDS OF THE WASTELAND


WEST OF THE DIVIDE


LUCKY TEXAN


STAR PACKER


THE DAWN RIDER


LAWLESS FRONTIER


SAGEBRUSH TRAIL


THE TRAIL BEYOND


RAINBOW VALLEY


TEXAS TERROR


DESERT TRAIL


RANDY RIDES ALONE


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Some of Ken Maynard's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

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IN OLD SANTA FE

DEATH VALLEY RANGERS

THE LAW RIDES AGAIN

TRAILING TROUBLE

PHANTOM THUNDERBOLT

COME ON, TARZAN

ARIZONA WHIRLWIND

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Roy Rogers is next on my list-- but since there are so many of his B westerns on Amazon Prime (and that's a good thing), I will go over his titles in two parts (two separate posts)-- probably the ones with Dale Evans, and the ones without Dale.

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Some fun B westerns with Dale Evans & Roy Rogers are available on Amazon Prime:


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BELLS OF ROSARITA


SONG OF NEVADA


SUNSET IN EL DORADO


SONG OF ARIZONA


APACHE ROSE


OUT CALIFORNIA WAY


HOME IN OKLAHOMA


RAINBOW OVER TEXAS


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY


THE GOLDEN STALLION


DOWN DAKOTA WAY


HELDORADO


THE COWBOY AND THE SENORITA


TWILIGHT IN THE SIERRAS


THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS


ROLL ON TEXAS MOON


UNDER NEVADA SKIES


LIGHTS OF OLD SANTA FE


MY PAL TRIGGER


THE BELLS OF SAN ANGELO


THE MAN FROM OKLAHOMA


UTAH


ALONG THE NAVAJO TRAIL


BELLS OF CORONADO


DON'T FENCE ME IN


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More B westerns with Roy Rogers available on Amazon Prime:

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UNDER WESTERN STARS

SOUTHWARD HO!

ROUGH RIDERS' ROUND-UP

COME ON RANGERS

IN OLD CALIENTE

FRONTIER PONY EXPRESS

WALL STREET COWBOY

IDAHO

UNDER CALIFORNIA STARS

THE ARIZONA KID

DAYS OF JESSE JAMES

JESSE JAMES AT BAY

YOUNG BUFFALO BILL

KING OF THE COWBOYS

NEVADA CITY

NIGHT TIME IN NEVADA

SPOILERS OF THE PLAINS

HANDS ACROSS THE BORDER

SPRINGTIME IN THE SIERRAS

THE GAY RANCHERO

SUNSET ON THE DESERT

THE RANGER AND THE LADY

ROBIN HOOD OF THE PECOS

ROMANCE ON THE RANGE

COLORADO

GRAND CANYON TRAIL

RIDIN' DOWN THE CANYON

EYES OF TEXAS

IN OLD CHEYENNE

THE BORDER LEGION

SILVER SPURS

RED RIVER VALLEY

SONS OF THE PIONEERS

THE FAR FRONTIER

HEART OF THE GOLDEN WEST

TRAIL OF ROBIN HOOD

SONG OF TEXAS

SOUTH OF SANTA FE

MAN FROM CHEYENNE

SAGA OF DEATH VALLEY

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Some of Eddie Dean's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:


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COLORADO SERENADE


DRIFTIN' RIVER


THE TUMBLEWEED TRAIL


BLACK HILLS


THE TIOGA KID


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Michael Chapin & Eilene Janssen were known as the Rough Ridin' Kids.

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Two of their B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 
THE DAKOTA KID
WILD HORSE AMBUSH

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Some of Bob Steele's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

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UNDER TEXAS SKIES

SUNDOWN SAUNDERS

BLOCKED TRAIL

CODE OF THE OUTLAW

OUTLAW TRAIL

BORDER PHANTOM

PALS OF THE PECOS

PRAIRIE PIONEERS

RAIDERS OF THE RANGE

SADDLEMATES

SONORA STAGECOACH

SHADOWS ON THE SAGE

THE TRAIL BLAZERS

THE PHANTOM PLAINSMEN

WEST OF CIMARRON

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The next actor on my list is Allan 'Rocky' Lane. He had a long-term contract at Republic from around 1939 to 1953 and made many B films at the studio (90% of them were westerns). Fortunately, a large number of his B westerns are available on Amazon Prime, and the prints are in very good condition.

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These Allan Lane B films are available on Amazon Prime:

 

CORPUS CHRISTI BANDITS

CARSON CITY RAIDERS

BLACK HILLS AMBUSH

FORT DODGE STAMPEDE

FRISCO TORNADO

LEADVILLE GUNSLINGER

NAVAJO TRAIL RAIDERS

MARSHAL OF AMARILLO

POWDER RIVER RUSTLERS

RUSTLERS ON HORSEBACK

SUNDOWN IN SANTA FE

THE DENVER KID

THE WYOMING BANDIT

THUNDERING CARAVANS

BANDIT KING OF TEXAS

MARSHAL OF CEDAR ROCK

COVERED WAGON RAID

DEATH VALLEY GUNFIGHTER

DESPERADOES' OUTPOST

EL PASO STAMPEDE

GUNMEN OF ABILENE

NIGHT RIDERS OF MONTANA

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