Wednesday, June 07, 2006

How about the Sidekicks??? And the Horses?

No self respecting Western hero was complete without his trusty sidekick. Some of them provided comic relief, and others were an essential part of the crime fighting team. Well, of course there were a few stars who were loners, but not many.

Can you think of some of the crime fighting podners? Did you have a favorite sidekick?

And let's not forget the horses, who got all the kisses, either. And there were a few important dogs, too. Some of these animals were so loved by their actor masters that they were stuffed and preserved upon their death!

I can think of some, so let's see how long a list we can make, OK?

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25 comments:

Mama Mouse said...

Oh good grief ... you really ARE testing my holey memory aren't you! LOL

OK ... Roy Roger and Dale Evans ... Trigger and Buttermilk.

The Cisco Kid and Pancho

The Lone Ranger and Tonto .... Silver and Scout

Gene Autry and Gabby Hayes

Matt Dillon and Chester (mostly a duputy rather than a sidekick I think though)

Boy that's all I can think of at the moment. Too bad Papa Mouse isn't sitting here, he'd know a lot more!

Dirty Butter said...

Good grief is right! I didn't expect you to come up with that many, MM!! Your memory is a lot better than mine. I know I could cheat and Google it, but I've been hoping a picture would pop into my head and I could see who Andy Divine was sidekick with. Do you remember? He was one of my favorites, so jolly, almost like a Western Santa Claus.

I can hear some of them, just like they were speaking to me right now ... Ohhhh Ceeesco ..... Miuhstuh Diullun

Mama Mouse said...

I think Andy Devine was either with Roy Rogers or Gene Autry. I can think of another sidekick too ... he had a really high squeaky voice that didn't really go with the way he looked. Hubby would know ... he's asleep drat it. Something about 'frog' keeps running through my head. I'll ask tomorrow.

Mama Mouse said...

OOOOH ... I see I'm signed in under my new blogger ID ... thus the mousey avatar instead of the black eyed susans!

Chana said...

just checking in, even though i got nothing to contribute this time around-sucks! wait...maybe a hi there ladies...

Dirty Butter said...

You sound like me, MM, any time I need a better memory, I just ask my DH. He always seems to remember everything! Comes in handy, but kinda frustrating, too, if you know what I mean LOL!

My hubby's asleep, too, but I'll ask him when I can. Do you get the feeling we're insomniacs?

Your little mousy is cute, but I'm not sure I would have known that's what it was, without your name connected with it. Somehow the circle in the middle of his body threw me off.

Dirty Butter said...

Well, good morning, Chana. Sorry we're in your "Dead zone" right now, but we'll move on to something else soon.

Is your hubby a walking encylopedia, the way MM's and mine seem to be?

Mama Mouse said...

Oh heck ... I forgot to ask him and again he is asleep! Ah well ... maybe I'll remember tomorrow ... or I COULD just go and google it!

You know ... I never really noticed that circle in the middle of the mouses body! I think I just thought of it as its ear ... but that's not possible as its ears are already there and MUCH smaller! I don't know what it is ... hmmmmmmmm? Again ... oh well! LOL

Mama Mouse said...

Andy Devine had the squeaky voice I think. The other one I was thinking of is Pat Buttram ... and he played Gene Autry's sidekick both in movies and on tv. He went by several different names ... Smiley and eventually his own real name, Pat.

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Mama Mouse said...

I finally figured out the 'Frog' character. He also was a sidekick of Gene Autry, both in movies and on TV. Frog was played Smiley Burnette and was known as Frog Milhouse. And YES ... I Googled it! Had all of it worked out but for the 'Milhouse' part!

Dirty Butter said...

Yeah, Andy Devine had a crackly kind of voice. But it was that face wide grin that I remember the best.

I guess I'll have to Google Frog Millhouse, myself, as I still can't place him.

jan said...

Wasn't Gabby Hays with Roy Rogers? Does anyone remember Smiley Burnett?

Ah, the misspent moments of our youth.

Mama Mouse said...

Smiley Burnette played Frog Millhouse ... with Gene Autry. Gabby Hayes ... not sure who he was with ... but I loved him.

Nah ... not misspent ... a more naive, gentler time ... at least for most children. Sadly that probably wasn't true for all children. We learned some good, solid lessons from all those westerns. Lots better lessons than the kids learn from the junk on tv these days!

Dirty Butter said...

Oh, I definitely think that time was well spent, Jan. It was that constant repetition of the morality themes that shaped a lot of the pre-Baby Boomer generation's ethics.

What ARE we called, anyway?

jan said...

Sunset Carson.

Hopalong Cassidy on TV

I can't quite get these guys out of my mind now that you have brought them up. So many memories of those Saturday afternoons...

Dirty Butter said...

Well, Jan, that's what Yesterday's Memories is supposed to do ROFL ;)

PS. I moved your comment about BLOG VILLAGE from Plush Memories to that blog. I hope you don't mind.

Mama Mouse said...

Baby boomers!! Actually I AM a baby boomer having been born in 1946 ... the year that they started. However, Mr. Mouse ISN'T ... he's just a war time baby! I think us baby boomers started the trend of naming the generations! But you know what ... I don't feel like one.

I'm at the oldest age of the range and have much more in common with the war time babies than I do with the vast majority of boomers.

Dirty Butter said...

Well, I'm a war time baby, then. I was thinking there was a name for us, too.

Mama Mouse said...

There may be Rosemary, but I'm not aware of it. In any case, it isn't what you are called, its how old you feel! In that case today I feel about 110!!

Dirty Butter said...

Oooooooh, let's don't talk about how we feel, OK? Let's just say I'm not straying far from the white throne today.

Shilo said...

All of the ones you all named are the ones I was going to contribute. lol

Born in '56 and remember all of those shows...with a lot of smiles!! Great topic too by the way.

Dirty Butter said...

Why Shilo! '56? A mere baby, you are hehehe. But maybe you'll remember a lot of what I remember, anyway.

They really were the best shows, weren't they.

I've been trying real hard not to Google for the answers on this, so do you remember ... Did Palladin have a sidekick?? I don't think he did.

shilo said...

lol!
Hey, you got me this time! I don't have a clue who Palladin is. Maybe was only in the UK? I am truly stumped.

have a great day!!

shilo said...

Oh, wasn't Matt Dillons deputy (sidekick?) Festis?? Not sure how to spell it.

Dirty Butter said...

Now, Shilo, you're going to force me to Google!! LOL

Festis was in there somewhere, you're right about that, so now I'm thoroughly confused.

As for Palladin, he was an American TV Western character, one of the later ones.