|The Gabby Hayes Show
|1950 - 1954/1956
Set at the Double Bar M Ranch, the grizzly ol'
Gabby Hayes hosted stories of the American West
with vintage film clips of classic cowboys like Tex
Ritter, Tim Holt, and Gene Autry.
"Well, Howdy Buckeroos, this is your old pal,
Gabby Hayes, comin' at you with another one of
them rip roarin' western yarns. Heh, yer durnnnn
tootin', Yessiree Bob. - -
In between the western films on his show
Gabby widdled on a piece of wood and told yarns
of his own about the people and situations he's
experienced, usually one of his aunts or uncles
or Grandpappy Hayes.
Some of his classic aunt stories were about
Calamity Jane Hayes and Spic and Span Hayes.
Among his numerous uncles Gabby talked about
there was Chuckwagon Hayes, Deadshot Hayes,
Lariat Hayes, Locomotive Hayes, Six-Gun Hayes
and Twinkle Toes Hayes.
Known for exaggeration, Gaggy Hayes once told
a story about his uncle Plumber Hayes whose
plumbing sprung a leak and when it was over
there was so much water, they had formed the
Then, there was his uncle Sailfish Hayes who
could swim under water for two days at a time He
liked to swim with sailfish because they were so
fast. Well, one day while the fish were swimming
700 or 800 miles an hour, they jumped out of the
water and tossed his uncle so far that when he
landed, he dug a ditch so big that today they
call it the Panama Canal.
Another of his yarns was about the mosquitoes
in Texas that were so big they could eat
mountain lions. Here's an excerpt:
"One time they captured a mosquito down
there, and he was so big they put an iron around
his leg, ya know, added a lot of chain to it and
then staked it to the ground. But he was so
strong he got away. Flew right up in to the sky.
Now listen to this, his wings were so wide when
he got up there, you couldn't see the sun no
more. Just blacked it out. And do you want to know
something? Turned out to be the first eclipse
the world had ever knowed."
"Well, I reckin' that's just about all for
today, Buckeroos, but I'll be back next
week with another rip roarin'; western yarn, Heh,
yer durnnn tootin'. Yessiree Bob." --
Listen to Opening Theme Music
Over an eight year period, Gabby Hayes
(1885-1969) played the sidekick of western star
Roy Rogers in 41 films, beginning with
Southward Ho (1939).
Gabby Hayes also appeared in 18 Hopalong Cassidy
films where he earned the nickname "Windy Hayes"
for playing the role of Hoppy's sidekick Windy
also appeared with Wild Bill Elliot in a number
of his films including two Red Ryder movies.
Two of Gabby's popular catchphrases were
"Young Whipper Snapper" and the ever popular "Yer
Durn Tootin." which he used on the opening an
closing of each of his TV shows.
George "Gabby" Hayes: 02/09/1969
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