Jorge would come rescue me and I would ride off into the sunset with the handsome cowboy who could sing and ride! For years I preferred men with dark hair, a mustache, dreamy eyes, mariachi outfits, large decorated sombreros and riding a beautiful horse! I still enjoy the Mariachi look and wonder if it is a throw back to Jorge!
I enjoyed watching Trigger perform tricks, and seeing Champion, Silver, Scout and Hopper. These horses became famous because of the cowboys that rode them and I still favor the palomino color.
The wooden seats in the theater were dangerous if my feet were propped in the crack of the seat in front of me. When someone sat down, it would smash my toes and cause horrible pain. I would scream at the person in front of me to stand up so I could remove my mangled toes! We never ate popcorn at the movies because it cost too much but the buttery smell always made me hungry. When I got home from the movie, my mother would pop some popcorn, yet it never took away my yearning for movie popcorn. At the Mexican movies, I remember families bringing their own food to eat in the theater.
I still recall cowboys hiding behind boulders, horses galloping through sagebrush, good winning over evil, and how happy I would be when help arrived to get the good guys out of trouble. Many a time I applauded when the "cavalry" arrived! I knew the masked man would win or a whip would be used instead of a gun. No matter how dire the situation, the good guy would win. I watched as herds of cattle moved in clouds of dust, I saw horses splashing through streams, chase scenes happened on horse back and fights that looked so real back then, today would look phony.
The reason these cowboys of the past came to mind is because I happened to see a pre-view of The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp playing the part of Tonto. My thought of the highly made up actor is that it is not at all like I
remember the Lone Ranger and Tonto! Movies have come a long way and are so much more sophisticated than in the 40' and 50's, yet nothing will erase the enjoyment of watching cowboy movies of the past!
The photos used in this blog were taken off the internet.