The good guys always wore white hats, the bad guys wore black. The ladies of the evening always had hearts of gold, and good always triumphed over evil. We never saw blood, no one cursed, and the plots were very predictable. Our heroes were bigger than life on that big screen, and we couldn't wait to see them the next week.
The Rec Center in a nearby town ran a series of these old black and white Westerns for free when our girls were little, and we took them to see them. They enjoyed them, just as we had, even though they were used to color television and modern movies. There's just a universal appeal to these old heroes .... Lash Larue, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Wild Bill Hickock, Sunset Carson, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Cisco Kid, Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, Bob Steel, and many more.
I loved Roy Rogers so much that I had a beautiful double holster set of revolvers. The whole thing was very ornate and extremely well made. I'm sure it must have been very expensive, even back then. I don't remember it, but Mama and Daddy tell me that I actually got to shake his hand at the Chicago theater when I was little. No wonder he was my hero!!
Do you remember any of these old cowboy heroes? Who was YOUR favorite? Do you remember them in black and white? Did you have any of their toys, as I did?
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