A Graceful Lady

| September 18, 2011

This old photo is tattered and torn  but it still shows this graceful lady upon her horse, most likely ready to go into the arena and dance ever so lightly in time with the lopping of her  horse. I do not know the name of the circus or even her name…………… I am just happy […]

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Clyde Beatty Program #1

| September 18, 2011

  This is the cover of the 1956 circus program. This is the same year that Duncan Renaldo,”The Cisco Kid”was featured on the show. After a few weeks he left the show in El Paso,Texas. At the bottom right of this program you can see a black out space. This is where  Duncan Renaldo’s name […]

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” The Cisco Kid”

| September 18, 2011

Duncan Renaldo ” The Cisco Kid”, Starred as a Mexican Vaccaro or cowboy in western movies and later he had a TV series in the mid 1950′s. His character was typical of those days ….he portrayed the good guy. He and his sidekick “Pancho”, Leo Carrillo were always helping people in trouble and catching the […]

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“Hey Pancho”

| September 18, 2011

  Leo Carrillo was the sidekick of the “Cisco Kid”who was Duncan Renaldo. Leo had been an actor for many years before he became “Pancho”. As a matter of fact he was in his very late sixties when he took the character part. His career started all over again as “Pancho”.  Actually he had more […]

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Beatty & O’Brian

| September 18, 2011

An off camera shot of Clyde Beatty and Pat O’Brian looking over what is supposed to be a script. The photo was taken in 1954 on the Warner Bros studio back lot during the making of the movie “Ring of Fear”starring both Beatty and O’Brian. Screen writer Mickey Spillane wrote the following story line….” A […]

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Home Away From Home

| September 18, 2011

Clyde Beatty with his long time friend Pat O’Brian. Also in the photo is Jane Beatty. This photo was taken in 1954, Close by is Beatty’s home on wheels while on tour. Of course we are all familiar with that, aren’t we?

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Cole Bros Circus

| September 18, 2011

A program cover from 1938.  Ken Maynard, a cowboy movie star was featured on the show during this time. It was very common for many of the larger circuses to have Western celebrities as an extra draw.  The next post will be of Ken Maynard…….. I want to thank Jackie Knupp for the program cover.

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Ken Maynard

| September 18, 2011

Ken Maynard was featured on the Cole Bros Circus in 1936 or 1937…… it may have been both seasons?

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It’s a Good Trick

| September 18, 2011

  A photo from the Bill Capell collection. Again there is no information on this performer. I am sure that this photo along with hundreds of others were sent to the Capell circus for their consideration. Doc did hire many performers from south of the border. His reason was that they were good and did […]

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It’s a Good Trick #2

| September 18, 2011

He is not only a fine performer but also an inventor. I find it amazing how circus performers are constantly inventing new tricks like taking an old trick and giving it a new and different look with their own personal touch.

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