Red Ryder was a popular long-running Western comic strip created by Stephen Slesinger and artist Fred Harman. Beginning Sunday, November 6, 1938, Red Ryder was syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association, expanding over the following decade to 750 newspapers, translations into ten languages and a readership in the United States of 14 million. The 26-year run of the strip came to an end in 1964.
Red Ryder appeared in more than 35 movies and serials. The series began in 1940 with The Adventures of Red Ryder, played by Don "Red" Barry, who got his nickname "Red" from the role and Tommy Cook as Red Ryder's young Indian sidekick Little Beaver. Subsequently Wild Bill Elliott and Allan "Rocky" Lane portrayed Red Ryder in a number of films, both working with Robert Blake as Little Beaver. The last four Red Ryder movies starred Jim Bannon as Red Ryder and Don Kay ("Little Brown Jug") Reynolds as Little Beaver and all four of these movies were done in color. Red Ryder was also a 1956-57 Western television series starring Jim Bannon.
The Red Ryder Radio series began February 3, 1942, on the Blue Network, broadcast three times a week at 7:30pm Pacific time. When the Blue also acquired The Lone Ranger from the Mutual Broadcasting System, Mutual decided to compete by airing Red Ryder in the same time period. Thus, Red Ryder aired on the East Coast that year from May 20 to September 9 on Mutual. The series beat The Lone Ranger in the Hooper ratings, but the success was short-lived. Red Ryder was sold to a regional sponsor, Langendorf Bread, and after four months was no longer heard in the East.
The first Red Ryder comic book was published by Slesinger's Hawley Publications, Inc. in September 1940, followed by Hi-Spot comics for one issue. Dell Comics launched its Red Ryder in August 1941, for a run of 151 issues, ending in 1957. The Dell title changed to Red Ryder Ranch Magazine with #145 and then to Red Ryder Ranch Comics with #149.
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1. Adventures of Red Ryder (1940) - Don Barry (12 Chapter Republic Serial)
A geologist has found oil on the neighboring ranches and teams up with Ace Hanlon (Glenn Strange) who has his gang create a reign of terror to get the ranchers to sell out. But to get rid of Red Ryder (Wild Bill Elliott), Ace sends for the San Antonio Kid (Duncan Renaldo). Arriving, the Kid has a freak accident and Red comes along to save his life. When the Kid later meets with Ace he learns that Red is the man he has been paid to kill. Robert Blake plays Little Beaver.
3. Red Ryder in Conquest of Cheyenne (1946) - Bill Elliott - Red Ryder has to help bring in an oil well on Jackson's ranch. Tom Dean found the oil and has started a well. But banker Tuttle hopes to foreclose on the Jackson ranch and has the oil rig burned down.
4. Red Ryder in Stagecoach to Denver - Allan “Rocky” Lane (1946) - Republic Pictures NOTE: There are no opening credits for this movie.
5. Another copy of Stagecoach to Denver (With Opening Credits)
Lambert (Roy Barcroft) has the stagecoach wrecked killing the Commissioner so his phony replacement can alter Coonskin's land survey. When Red Ryder (Allan Rocky Lane) exposes the survey hoax, Lambert has his stooge Sheriff put Red in jail. Little Beaver is played by Bobby Blake. Allan "Rocky" Lane steps into the title role for the second time in what is considered to be one of the best RED RYDER Movies.
6. Red Ryder in Homesteaders of Paradise Valley (1947) - Allan Rocky Lane - Crooked business men get Red Ryder to help talk homesteaders into helping with a dam and trick them out of their water access.
7. Red Ryder - Gun Trouble Valley (Pilot TV series 1956) - Allan "Rocky" Lane
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