Classic TV: The 50s : DALE EVANS -what a trailblazer

DALE EVANS -what a trailblazer

In recent years I heard a commentary I think in a documentary that the Star Wars character "Princess Leia" was a trailblazer for women because instead of being passive, she picks up a weapon and fires back.

However, in recent years of re-watching The Roy Rogers Show (on RFD and WHT), Dale Evans did more trailblazing for women than "Princess Leia" did - which was "nothing." Pert' near every episode she was fighting, not fist fighting she was still the "weaker sex" but for the era, for her not to just be seen in her café but riding Buttercup out to fight the bad guys, was pretty bold imo.

Remember, during the run of The Roy Rogers Show there was no Supergirl and even when Supergirl was created, she was kept in the closet by Superman for a handful of years (early 60s).

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Just finished: Cowboy Princess: Life with my Parents Roy Rogers and Dale Evans by Cheryl Rogers-Barnett. She give Dale a lot of credit for raising her and her siblings as well as being a pioneer in her career.


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Cheryl Rogers was on one of RRShow episode. She also did other stuff.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0736784/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_1

Thank you pat-roberts2534 for that info. I'll try to see if I can get it from the local library or online somewhere.



Thanks for the memories

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She also wrote "Happy Trails."

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And of course, Dale's book about her child Robin, Angel Unaware.

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There was an episode in which a gang of outlaws come to town while Roy and Pat are away. Being the 1950s, one expects Roy to ride in at the last minute and save the day. But Dale vanquishes the bad guys by herself. Oh, she had a little help from Bullet, but then so did Roy on many occasions.

But throughout it all, my motto was "Dignity! Always dignity!".

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3rdrowleft

I don't remember that one. I'll have to see if I can find the title and watch it. Thank you.

But yeah I think that historically she was the first woman character and actress to portray such a progressive character. I know she represented women in the "wild west" who fight alongside the men crossing over the country etc but to have it on tv as a positive role model I think she was the first. Also, it's interesting the movies she was more "passive" -does anyone know if it was because of the movie censorship/regulations/guidelines that governed how the movies were written from 1933 to into the 1960s - such as it was "required" crooks paid for their crimes vs pre Hayes Code that had crooks get away with their crimes.

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Also, it's interesting the movies she was more "passive"...
Dale may not have taken as huge a hand in the action in the films (whenever she'd try to help Roy, she'd end up hitting him instead of the crook), but in the movies she was often a career girl - reporter, carnival manager, rancher - an independent woman with a strong sassy streak. She played independent and strong-minded characters.

It's wonderful you started this conversation about the wonderful Dale Evans.





"Madame meets many people, but she usually avoids the mad ones."

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Ever heard of a TV western called The Big Valley?

Barbara Stanwyck was not much different and that show was from the 60's.

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Also in the 50s, Gail Davis played Annie Oakley. As Dale and "Annie" were geared toward children, it took a long time for network executives to consider a strong female for a western lead until The Big Valley premiered in 1965.





"Madam meets many people, but she usually avoids the mad ones."

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Sure, I watched it every week in it's original broadcast. But it surprised me on how DE was so progressive back in the 50s. Even though there were female characters pre-Hayes code that were progressive, but then the "law" came down where women were put into their place on screen and in real life behind the screen, I just think too much credit is given to Star Wars and Princess Lea to promote the women characters of today.

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Dale (oh myyyyyyyyyyyy)

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And let's not forget Penny on SKY KING ...

"I'm not afraid, Mother. I'm not afraid."
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