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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Allan "Rocky" Lane — a terrific cowboy actor and an Iverson Movie Ranch mainstay


A new blog post by Jerry England — longtime Iverson researcher and an expert on all things cowboy — spotlights one my favorite B-movie cowboy stars, Allan "Rocky" Lane, seen above with Black Jack.

Check out Jerry's tribute to Rocky here — Jerry has posted a bunch of great movie stills showing the actor in his element at Iverson. Also check out any Rocky Lane movies you might happen to find — he was easily one of the most natural and believable of the cowboy heroes. It helped that Rocky was a big guy, so when he beat people up, it seemed real. It was an advantage that Roy Rogers and Gene Autry never had — although that didn't keep them from beating up everyone too.


Rocky Lane spent the bulk of his movie career shooting at Iverson. I guess that sucks for him — I've always heard that everyone hated to shoot there, due to the intense heat in the summer and the cold, windy conditions in winter. But for better or worse, Rocky, who died in 1973, left behind a legacy of strong Iverson movies. The crew assembled by Republic Pictures for the Lane series raised the studio's game in just about every facet, with strong scripts, solid acting and terrific action.

Late in his career, Rocky Lane had a long-running role that made him a familiar presence while keeping him anonymous at the same time — as the voice of Mr. Ed in the TV show about everyone's favorite talking horse. Oh Wilbur!

1 comment:

Linda J. Alexander said...

A new book is out on Allan "Rocky" Lane on July 4, 2014. "I Am Mister Ed ... Allan 'Rocky' Lane Revealed" gives his birth-to-death biography. Link here to publisher website: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=775