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The Roy Rogers Show


NBC Network
1951 - 1957
30 Minutes

Contemporary western adventure starring Roy "The King of the Cowboys" Rogers, as a rough and tumble sheriff who maintained law and order in the town of Mineral City and also ran a diner. Roy used his Double R Ranch as his headquarters.

"Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys. Trigger, his golden palomino. And Dale Evans, queen of the West. With Pat Brady, their comical sidekick. And Roy's wonder dog, Bullet." -- Opening Narration

Roy's companions included:

  • Dale Evans as Dale "Queen of the West" Evans, Roy's girlfriend who rode a horse named Buttercup.
  • Pat Brady as Pat Brady, Roy's bumbling deputy sidekick who drove a dilapidated Jeep called "Nellybelle". Pat  also had a horse named Phineus.
  • Trigger, Roy's ever faithful horse.
  • Bullet, Roy's resourceful German shepherd dog.
  • Reed Howes as Sheriff Blodgett
  • Harry Lauter as Mayor Ralph Cotton
  • Harry Harvey, Sr. as Sheriff Tom Blodgett
  • The Sons of Pioneers, a sing group that provided music and song and accompanied Roy Rogers when he sang and occasionally yodeled.

Pat Brady, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Listen to Theme Song

Closing Theme Song Lyrics

 "Happy Trails"
Written by Dale Evans
Sung by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.

It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.
Happy trails to you,
Keep smilin' until then.

Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song, and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you,
Til we meet again.


TRIVIA NOTE: In 1955, sixty-seven of Roy Rogers Republic feature films were syndicated into sixty-minute films by MCA Films.

A radio version of The Roy Rogers Show was broadcast from 1944 to July of 1955. Some 348 episodes were aired.

Roy and Dale also appeared on THE ROY ROGERS AND DALE EVENS SHOW/ABC/1962-63, a Saturday-night variety hour that featured Cliff Arquette as Charley Weaver, Pat Brady, Kathy Taylor, the Sons of the Pioneers and the Roger's children (Dodie, Debbie, Dusty, and Sandy).

Born Leonard Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio, Roy Rogers made special appearance in his later days on the fantasy series WONDER WOMAN (episode "Bushwackers" (01/29/1977) and on the action series THE FALL GUY (episode "King of the Cowboys" 02/29/1984).

The Double R Bar Ranch was, in reality, part of the 138-acre tract of land in Chatsworth, California owned by Roy Rogers. The rugged terrain of big rocks and hills and the convenience of nearby stables lent itself as an ideal setting for this cowboy adventure. Rogers' home was occasionally seen in some of the program footage.

While the Roy Roger's Double R Bar Ranch still resides in Southern California, The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum originally located off  Highway 15 in Victorville CA. moved in 2003 to their new location in Branson, MO. It is now called The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum & Happy Trails Theater located at 3950 Green Mountain Dr., just off Hwy. 76 behind Yakov Smirnoff's Theater.

In 2009, the museum closed due to a downturn in the economy and a decreased number of visitors. In July, 2010, Christie's Auction House conducted the sale of items from the museum, including Rogers' and Evans' performance outfits; the preserved remains of Trigger the Horse, and Bullet the dog; about 60 pairs of cowboy boots; the Rogers family dining table; Rogers’ 1964 Bonneville convertible, adorned with collectible silver dollars; and the Jeep "Nellybelle" from the Roy Rogers TV show.

Obituaries: Roy Rogers: 07/06/1998; Dale Evans: 07/07/2001;  Pat Brady: 02/27/1972; Trigger: 07/03/1965.

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