Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Real Singing Cowboys

– The History

It was the beginning of the Golden Age of Hollywood. In 1935, Gene Autry joined the ranks as a Singing Cowboy when he starred in a twelve-part serial as himself in The Phantom Empire. Others who galloped across the silver screen singing on their ponies were, Ken Maynard, Bob Steele, and most notably, John Wayne. Yes, that John Wayne. His voice was dubbed, however, which seems comical now that we know his character so well. Later, Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter would make their marks on the genre.

In my story, Royce Rutger has been playing bit parts, but he longs to be the next Singing Cowboy. Problem is, he’s just a fellow from New Jersey with no real experience on a horse other than what he’s already done with the studio. Thanks to a deal with the owner of a dude ranch, Royce gets his chance to learn how to cowboy. But obstacles get in the way, including a beautiful artist with other plans for his future.


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