The Hollywood Posse: The Story of a Gallant Band of Horsemen Who Made Movie History
After 1912, when the great cattle empires began to crumble, hundreds of seasoned cowboys found themselves jobless. A handful of discarded horsemen, however, stumbled upon an entirely new frontier-Hollywood. In a rare insider’s view, Diana Serra Cary tells the story of these cowboys, who survived for another fifty years as riders, stuntmen, and doubles for the stars. Filled...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published April 15th 1996 by University of Oklahoma Press
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Another great book by Diana Serra Cary. This one covers an obscure but fascinating story--the cowboys put out of business by the closing of the frontier who went to work as riding extras, stunt doubles, stagecoach drivers--anything working with horses. I'll never look at those Western chases the same way again (not to mention scenes of cavalry charges, chariot races, etc.). Also gives insight into the working conditions of Hollywood extras and animal performers, especially during the Depression-...more