Lash La Rue

Though my memories of this particular show are a little thin, what I do remember most was that everything about Lash La Rue was black - his outfit, his hat, and his horse "Black Diamond"!

Background of the Show

Alfred La Rue was an actor who had done a couple of musicals and appeared in a Western film in 1944 as the Cheyenne Kid. He was exceptionally skilled with a bullwhip which is what got him cast and renamed as Lash La Rue, the character that he would be best known for over the rest of his career. That 18 ft. long bullwhip was his trademark!

He was a star of B-grade Western movies in the 1940's and those movies were recycled into the 15-minute TV shows which aired during the first 4 months of 1953.

All About the Show

Lash was a U.S. Marshall and each show began with him seated in his office, telling a story about his grandfather. Funny thing is that his grandfather was also a marshall, had the same name, and looked just like the Lash La Rue that we all knew! Maybe that's because the TV show was made up of clips from his old movies!

A couple of things made Lash La Rue different from all the other cowboy heroes of that time. First, he didn't sound like them. He had more of a city, tough-guy accent, a little like Humphrey Bogart which is pretty funny because he even looked a little like Bogie! And he dressed all in black which added to his tough-guy image. But the big thing that really set him apart from the others was how he used that bullwhip!

Like all of the other very early TV cowboy heroes, however, Lash had a trusty partner (his deputy), Fuzzy Q. Jones (played by Al St. John). Fuzzy was probably called that because of his scruffy beard!

With his 18 ft. long bullwhip and Fuzzy's help, Lash outdid the bad guys in very short order! Remember, it was only a 15-minute show!

What Happened to the Actors?

Throughout the 1950's, LASH LA RUE appeared many times on various TV shows and had several different roles in the movie "Judge Roy Bean". He also had a continuing role as Sheriff Johnny Behan on the TV series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp". After interest in Westerns faded, he made a living by making appearances at conventions for Western film buffs.

Lash became a born-again Christian and an evangelist on the rodeo and country music circuit, but he had financial troubles and problems with the IRS which made it difficult for him to work. Late in his career he appeared in 2 low-budget horror films ("Alien Outlaw" and "Dark Power") and he returned often to his native Louisiana where he would appear in jam sessions at the "Dew Drop Inn". He was a very good guitar player, popular and well-liked by many.

Lash La Rue died at age 79 in Burbank, California on May 21, 1996 from Emphysema. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

AL ST. JOHN was from a Vaudevillian family, was known for being very acrobatic, and appeared in 346 movies in the 4 decades from 1912 to 1952. Later in his career he made personal appearances at rodeos and fairs, and travelled with the Tommy Scott Wild West Show.

He died at age 70 in Lyons, Georgia on January 21, 1963.

What do you remember most about Lash LaRue?

I know there are lots of Lash LaRue fans out there because this is the most visited page on my website! So please share your memories of this great old TV cowboy.

In the years after his TV show, Lash often went back to his native Louisiana where he did jam sessions at the "Dew Drop Inn". He played a good guitar and was very popular. Is anyone out there who might have actually seen him there?? Everyone would love to hear your story about that, too!

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