In the tradition of the LONE RANGER, the
Red Ryder and his Indian friend,
Little Beaver roamed the West of
the 1800s maintaining law and order. Red Ryder's
catchphrase was "Roll, Thunder!" as he galloped
away on his black stallion.
TRIVIA NOTE: The TV series was based
on the comic created by Fred Harman and the
subsequent radio program which ran from 1942 until the early 1950s.
Reed Hadley was radio's first Red Ryder
(1942-1944); then Carlton Kadell (1945) and
Brooke Temple (1946-1951).
The episodes seen on television
comprised repackaged Republic Films theatricals first
seen in the 1940s and 50s.
Don ‘Red’ Barry (#1), William ‘Wild Bill’ Elliot (#2), Allan ‘Rocky’ Lane (#3), Jim Bannon (#4) as the frontier hero Red Ryder.
Tommy Cook, Don Kay Reynolds, Robert "Bobbie" Blake and Louis Lettieri (#3) played the
role of Little Beaver, the Indian boy.
Jim Bannon starred in the unsuccessful 1951 RED
RYDER TV pilot. He later played the role of Sandy North,
Ricky's uncle on the western THE ADVENTURES OF
Allen Rocky" Lane
starred in the unsuccessful 1955 RED RYDER TV
pilot. A few years later he provided the off-camera
voice for Mister Ed, a talking horse featured on
the sitcom MISTER ED/CBS/1961-66.
Obituaries: Allen "Rocky" Lane: 10/27/1973;
Jim Bannon: 07/28/1984; Bill Elliot: 11/26/1965;
Don ' Red' Barry: 07/17/1980;
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