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    Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Stuntmen (Neil Summers & others)

    I own two of Neil's books. "Unsung Heroes" is crammed with full page stills of stuntmen in action with captions that identify them.
    "The First Official TV Western Book" has many photos and capsule summaries of close to fifty classic westerns like "Range Rider", Wanted Dead or Alive, Wagon Train, Maverick, The Dakotas and The Rebel.
    If you can find them on Amazon, you should pick them up. They're really entertaining.
    I used to look for Jim Burke (loved that jaw) in every western.
    Glad to hear that Neil is still working and a nice guy to boot.


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    Re: JOHN WAYNES STUNT MEN

    Does anyone know what films Jock Mahoney doubled Duke on or for which stunts? He ended up being quite famous himself a few years later as "Range Rider". I seem to remember reading years ago that he was hired for "Wake of the Red Witch" but that Duke thought his hips and waist were too slim. I've heard his name connected with "The Fighting Kentuckian" as well. Did he do the jump off the second floor balcony onto the horse in that? Thanks.

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    Re: JOHN WAYNES STUNT MEN

    Quote Originally Posted by DukeChisum View Post
    Does anyone know what films Jock Mahoney doubled Duke on or for which stunts? He ended up being quite famous himself a few years later as "Range Rider". I seem to remember reading years ago that he was hired for "Wake of the Red Witch" but that Duke thought his hips and waist were too slim. I've heard his name connected with "The Fighting Kentuckian" as well. Did he do the jump off the second floor balcony onto the horse in that? Thanks.
    Take a look here, he is not mentioned
    The Fighting Kentuckian
    His biog states he doubled for Duke,
    but he is not credited in any of Duke's movies!!
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    Re: JOHN WAYNES STUNT MEN

    Unfortunately stuntmen were not credited in the old days. About a half dozen show up in those credits but it's safe to say that a couple of dozen probably worked on THE FIGHTING REPUBLICAN. In the Duke biography "Shooting Star" he's quoted as saying Jock Mahoney was "our chief stuntman" on FIGHTING REPUBLICAN. Doubtful full credits will ever appear unless someone has access to old studio records.

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    Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers/Dean Smith/Jim Burke & others

    From Cheyenne Autumn:

    The man riding the horse is Harry Carey, Jr.

    The man leaping onto the horse is a young Dean Smith, doubling for Ben Johnson, who had was unable to do the stunt because he had broken his foot when he dropped something on it (I forget exactly what he had dropped but it was heavy).

    Dean Smith's leap would make Mikhail Baryshnikov himself jealous, he achieves it with such grace, beautiful form, and accuracy.


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    Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers/Dean Smith/Jim Burke & others

    Dean Smith was also in Big Jake. He was part of the gang that kidnapped Dukes grandson and was the sniper in the bell tower in the final shootout.

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    Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers/Dean Smith/Jim Burke & others

    Hi Arthur, I am new here,so please forgive any faux paus!

    I would like to see more of your stuntmen posts....are there any? Only found one and a piece. I am researching the ones around the John Ford EARLY Stock Troupe for a book about them and character actors who MADE our heroes. Oops, think I see something to click on above. Anyway, let me know, and thanks, KP

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    Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers/Dean Smith/Jim Burke & others

    Last edited by ethanedwards; August 29th, 2012 at 05:51 AM.
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    Re: Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers & others

    There has been more interest of late for more information
    relating to these prolific men.

    In addition to
    Yakima Canutt
    Chuck Roberson
    Chuck Hayward
    Cliff Lyons
    Jerry Gatlin

    I have now profiled more stuntmen/actors
    including
    Frank McGrath
    Terry Wilson
    Fred Kennedy
    Boyd 'Red' Morgan

    and more recently
    Dean Smith
    Jim Burk
    Best Wishes
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