Eddie decided to try his luck in Hollywood in 1936 and began playing minor roles in Westerns. He also appeared regularly on Judy Canova's network radio show and released eight singles between 1941 and 1942, including "On the Banks of the Sunny San Juan."
After 1948, Dean retired from films and focused on using his movie fame to promote his singing career. Although a talented vocalist with a remarkably strong, clear voice, Dean never made it big. He did have a few hits and wrote some excellent songs, including "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart),"
As a songwriter, his best-known hit remains 1955's "I Dreamed of a Hill-Billy Heaven," a country music classic. Dean continued recording on low-budget labels through the 1970s. Through the 1980s, Dean continued to sing and share anecdotes at Western film fairs, and in 1993 was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Al"Lash"LaRue: Al LaRue first tried to break into movies during the war years but failed to get past the casting directors, most of whom felt that he looked too much like Humphrey Bogart to suit their tastes. Refusing to give up, LaRue had by 1945 picked up quite a few supporting bad-guy roles. He began showing up in secondary parts in the Eddie Dean westerns at PRC studios. On the strength of his voluminous fan mail, Al LaRue was elevated to his own starring B western movie series in 1946.
Billed as "Lash" LaRue in honor of his skill with a 15-foot bullwhip, the actor played a black-clad do-gooder named Cheyenne, while his comic sidekick was the ubiquitous Al "Fuzzy" St. John.
Most kids know him from the Lash LaRue Comic Books printed by Fawcett Comics during the late 1940s and early 1950s.
In 1951, LaRue headlined the 15-minute TV series Lash of the West, in which he would introduce and narrate clips from his earlier films.
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1. Song Of Old Wyoming (1946 Color) - Eddie Dean, and Al"Lash"LaRue:
Statehood for Wyoming became the focal point in this music Western from movie studio PRC, which served to introduce Eddie Dean as the company's newest singing cowboy. Eddie Dean is aided by a mysterious stranger, "The Cheyenne Kid" (Lash LaRue making his Western debut).
2. Stars Over Texas (1946) - Eddie Dean:
When Eddie Dean and his pals deliver cattle to the Lawrence ranch, they run into trouble with Ringo Evans and his gang. Ringo's men are rustling cattle and attempting to kill the foreman. Seeing the resemblance between the foreman and his pal Waco, Eddie has Waco impersonate the foreman. They then find proof that Evans is behind the rustling but find themselves greatly outnumbered when the gang attacks.
3. Wild Country (1947) - Eddie Dean
Caxton (I. Stanford Jolley) has broken out of prison and Marshal Eddie Dean has been sent to bring him in. Caxton is known by the polka dot band on his hat and Eddie has Soapy (Roscoe Ates) wear one like it.
Cowboy hero Eddie Dean versus The mysterious Hawk, and her outlaw gang.
John Hadley (Steve Clark) discovers a rich vein of gold ore in an abandoned mine on his ranch but doesn't tell his daughter, Janet (Shirley Patterson), or son Larry (Steve Drake). Dan Kirby (Terry Frost), local saloon owner, and his henchman, Al Cooper (Lane Bradford), spot Hadely at the mine and, learning that it is still a secret, kill him. Unable to find their missing father, Larry and Janet are forced to borrow payroll money from Harvey Allen (George Chesebro), local land-company head, promising to pay it off after the spring roundup. But Larry is robbed by KIrby and his henchmen. Eddie Dean and his sidekick, "Soapy" Jones (Roscoe Ates) ride in just as the robbers are making a getaway.
Ranger Eddie Dean is looking for the outlaw the Tioga Kid, a man he closely resembles. He runs into Joe Morino and his gang of rustlers at the same time Tioga arrives to cut himself into Morino's game. But Morino doesn't give in and in the showdown, Eddie and the Kid find themselves on the same side.
When Decker's gang holds up a stage, henchman Lefty takes a lady's rings. Later Lefty accidentally exposes the rings buying ammunition and Cheyenne (Lash La Rue) sees them. When Lefty tries to shoot Cheyenne he is captured. Now Cheyenne wants the rest of the gang and their leader.