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On the Rodeo Trail with The Rifleman.....
1959 ― 1960's
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Do you know who the guy is in the
first picture with the gang? If so, please get with
Sometimes when The Rifleman was
between seasons the gang would go on The Rodeo Trail.
They would do mock baseball/rifleman skits.
Rodeo Trail newspaper articles.....
Connors Plans to Hit The Rodeo Trail
Hollywood (NANA) ― No festa-swimming pool summer
vacation for Chuck Connors this year.
When "the rifleman" winds up his TV shows for the
season-and it's now a certainty he'll be back next fall
in the network-Chuck takes the rodeo trail. Johnny
Crawford and Joe Benson, who will play umpire in a
mock baseball-rifleman skit.
The far he's set to appear in Winnipeg, Walla Walla,
Seattle, Salt Lake and Boston at five-figure each
appearances Rather than just taking a bow and
saying how happy he is to be "in your fair city," he has
put together a 27-minute act.
Moines, Iowa article April 10, 1960
5-Figure Stops On Rodeo Trail
Hollywood, California ― When Chuck Connors of "The
Rifleman" winds up his TV filming for this season, he
hits the rodeo trail. Along with him go his TV
son, Johnny Crawford and Joe Benson, who will play a
umpire in a mock baseball skit.
Thus far he's set to appear in Winnipeg, Walla Walla and
Seattle Washington, Salt Lake City and Boston at
five-figure appearances. Instead of just taking a
bow and saying how happy he is to be "in your fair
city," he has put together a 27-minute act.
Star news (Pasadena, California)
January 31, 1960
Tiny hero Heads Camellia Parade
Temple city -- Every year some hero of the community of
youth leads the Camellia Festival Parade of children and
child size floats, and this year it will be a 13-year-old
television cowboy. Johnny Crawford who cavorts hero-style
every week on ABC's "The Rifleman," will be Grand Marshal
when the marchers start down Las Tunas Dr., Feb 27.
It will be an honor for Johnny. But then, he will know how
to handle the situation. Honors are not a novelty to him.
Grant DeBruton, general chairman of the 1960s Festival,
takes note that the boy was an Emmy nomination for his
featured role in the Rifleman series -- his first regular
series part, incidentally
Johnny also has one of the other major qualifications for a
Grand Marshal. He is at ease aboard a horse. That was a
skill that required a high polish on the job. For this
reason and because of a long history of theatrical
experience, Johnny expects to enjoy riding out in front of
the Temple city's 16th annual parade of youth.
Way back in 1955 he was one of the original Mouseketeers for
the Walt Disney Mickey Mouse club. He has always, as he
admits, loves to "get in the act." When the big Saturday
morning festivities get under way in Temple City, Johnny
will be up on a bay mare named Vickey belonging to Dutch
Manning of Arcadia. Vickey is a parade horse. Manning, a
member of the Long Beach Mounted Police Posse since 1939,
has been seen on her several times in Pasadena's Tournament
of Roses procession.
"She'll love it," says Manning of his animal. "She always
does." The fact is, some members of the committee are
wondering if the Feb. 27 parade won't be easier on Vicky
than Johnny. Huge live audiences are old hat To her. For
Johnny there's never been anything quite like this.
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