2 December 2007 | frontrowkid2002
Trail of Kit Carson not a "Rocky" picture
The reviewer who called Trail of Kit Carson a Rocky Lane picture was misinformed. Allan Lane made six features prior to becoming Red Ryder. They did not have any series name. He played a different character in each one. He didn't have a regular sidekick. His horse (although not named in the series) was called Banner. Lane replaced Don Barry in these films, wearing the same type of shirt (black with arrow crescent pockets) and used Wally Vernon, Barry's former sidekick. He also co-starred with Barry's former leading lady, Helen Talbot. When Bill Elliott was promoted to A-Westerns, Herbert Yates saw some footage of Lane and decided that he would be the new Red Ryder. Following that series, he then went into the Rocky Lane series in 1947. He was usually a federal peace officer, rode Blackjack, and Eddy Waller became his sidekick, Nugget Clark. Nugget was usually a ally to help him fight the bad guys, but they never rode together. Often Rocky left town at the end on his own.