Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers was another of the singing Western movie stars who moved real easily onto the TV screen. His show ran from the beginning of 1951 through most of 1957.

What I remember most about this show was "Bullet", the dog. I think this was the first regular cowboy show to have a dog that was almost as big a star as the star's horse!

In the Fall of 1951, Post Cereals agreed to sponsor "The Roy Rogers Show". So they had a 30-minute premier called "Presenting Roy Rogers - King of the Cowboys" (today we would call this a "pilot"). They featured songs by Dale (and the Whippoorwills), some funny stuff by Pat Brady, and Bob Hope promoting "Son of Paleface", the movie he and Roy had just made together. They even had Trigger in a sketch with Roy and Bob Hope. Then they showed the movie which established the setting and the characters for the TV series.

All About the Show

The Roy Rogers Show was more contemporary than the other old TV cowboy shows - it wasn't like the "old West" - they had cars and telephones, but the action was mostly on horseback. Dale Evans, Roy's wife, co-starred. And their bumbling helper was Roy Roger's sidekick, Pat Brady.

"Trigger" was his beautiful Palomino horse; "Buttermilk" was Dale's buckskin horse; and Pat had his cantankerous jeep "Nellybelle".

Not only did this show provide us with the usual horse star (Trigger was beautiful, very talented, and all decked out in fancy sadle and bridle), but it went one step further and gave us "Bullet", the dog star (a really smart German Shepherd)!

Did you know there were several Triggers?

Roy owned the Double R Bar Ranch in Mineral City and Dale ran the Eureka Cafe. The "King of the Cowboys" got plenty of help from his assortment of partners while he fought for law and order. He wanted kids to see that life rewards courtesy, bravery and hard work. In his show, goodness always prevailed. He took care of all the bad guys, taught us kids some important lessons in the process, and managed to keep those colorful, fringed shirts that he always wore neat as a pin!

Roy and Dale created the "Riders Club" for all the little buckaroos who were their fans. The Club had these 10 rules for us kids to live by:

1. Be neat and clean.

2. Be courteous and polite.

3. Obey your parents.

4. Protect and help the weak.

5. Be brave but never take chances.

6. Study hard and learn all you can.

7. Be kind to animals and take good care of them.

8. Eat all your food and never waste any.

9. Love God and go to Sunday School regularly.

10. Respect your country and its flag.

They loved children and were a great role model for us!

Would you like to see the show's opening again? Just click on the center button in the video box below for that familiar scene!

Each show closed with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans singing their famous theme song "Happy Trails To You"! To hear Roy and Dale, and see some great pictures of them, just click on the center button in the video box below, sit back, and enjoy!

Want to know how Roy met Dale, and about their family?

Visit the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum website.

What Happened to the Actors?

Leonard Slye (Roy Rogers) was born on Nov. 5, 1911 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before becoming Roy Rogers, he starred in movies under the stage name Dick Weston, but the studio thought that name was too bland and wanted to change it. So they chose Rogers because Will Rogers was loved by all America, and added the first name of Leroy. That was shortened to Roy and, in 1938, Leonard Slye became Roy Rogers. In 1942 he made the name change legal.

Roy Rogers appeared in his last movie, "Mackintosh and T.J.", in 1976. He died of natural causes on July 6, 1998. He was 87 years old and his health had been failing in the 2 years prior to his death.

Frances Octavia Smith (Dale Evans) was born on Oct. 31, 1912 in Uvalde, Texas. She suffered from congestive heart failure and died, surrounded by her family singing the hymns that she loved so much, on Feb. 7, 2001.

Robert Ellsworth O'Brady had always been called Pat, so his character's name became Pat Brady. He was a lifelong friend of Roy Rogers, was a very funny guy, and was a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers". He served in France with Gen. Patton's 3rd. Army during WWII and was decorated with 2 Purple Hearts. Alcoholism plagued his life after the war and he died in an alcohol rehab center on Feb. 27, 1972 at the young age of 57.

What do you remember most about Roy Rogers?

Do you have favorite memories of the Roy Rogers Show? Maybe it's Trigger, or Nellybelle. Please share them with us!!

[ ? ]

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

  •  submission guidelines.

(You can preview and edit on the next page)

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Singing "Happy Trails" with them on the tv, as a child. 
The first time at the museum..left,right & left again. I walked back & fourth to see if Trigger was going to move... Lol.. But, I was just a child then. …

My Hero 
Hello everyone! Roy Rogers is my Hero to this day and I am 60 yrs. old. He is the one person I try to pattern my life after. The Roy Rogers show is some …

Roy's Western wear 
His dressy, sleek cowboy outfit was the best! His cowboy ranch pants, designed by Nudie Cohn, had smile pockets front & rear with continuous contrast piping …

Always watched the Happy Trails TV show Saturday mornings 
Didn't get to very many of Roy's movies. I always watched the Happy Trails with Roy, Dale and Pat Saturday mornings wearing my Roy Rogers holster belt …

Pat Brady Not rated yet
Pat Brady served under Gen. George S. Patton during WW 2.

May all of Roy's & Dale's friends live long & prosper Not rated yet
I grew up with western stars & LOVE THEM ALL! Words cannot express my feelings.

Fond Memories Not rated yet
I used to watch Roy Rogers every Saturday morning, right before Tarzan. My parents told me they watched them at the movies so I was glad to be able to …

Pat Brady Not rated yet
I loved The Roy Rogers Show, watching it most Saturday mornings along with many other favorites, but tied for first place was Sky King. I lost all track …

Roy Rogers Museum Not rated yet
I saw Roy Rogers riding Trigger and doing tricks in an arena in Miami, Florida in the late 1940's. Also I was fortunate enough to see Roy Rogers at his …

The Family Not rated yet
As A young girl I absolutely adored Roy Rogers. He was the love of my life. My bedroom was covered with all his pictures:, Trigger, Dale, and I even …

I remember watching the show and singing the happy trails song with my daddy. Not rated yet
Today I watch Roy Rogers with my 85 year old client who I visit every day as her companion. It brings back good memories to her and it's something she …

TWO NICE PEOPLE! Not rated yet
Back in the late '60's my Mom mentioned she wanted a copy of Dale's latest book so I went to the Apple Valley Inn Gift Shop (we lived in nearby Victorville) …

Happy 102nd Birthday, Roy! Not rated yet
One thing I know; he's thankful to be in heaven with Dale, Robin, Debbie and Sandy, all the Triggers and Bullet instead of still here on earth. I know …

His good looks, of course!! haha Not rated yet
No story to tell, really. I'm just one of thousands of little girls who had the biggest crush on Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lash LaRue, Rex Allen, well, …

Pat Brady Not rated yet
I loved watching The Roy Rogers Show on Saturday mornings, back when shows were worth watching, even if hokey by today's standards. I love the show, but …

Sons of the Pioneers  Not rated yet
Actually, I watched Roy Rogers before he became a cowboy star in the late '30s and early '40s singing in the background of a western movie as a member …

Great aim Not rated yet
What I remember was that he never shot and killed anyone... he would always just shoot the gun out of the bad guy's hand.

I remember lots of things, but I loved the song Happy Trails To You.  Not rated yet
A lot of my childhood memories aren't the best, but The Roy Rogers Show is one of the great ones.

Memories of Roy Not rated yet
I became a Roy Rogers fan at about age 5. I tbink I had seen one or two of his movies and since he was the King of the Cowboys, I figured he had to be …

Roy & Dale Not rated yet
What can I say about this show that you haven't. This was my very favorite western show, & you're right about it being set in the "new west". I even had …

Click here to write your own.