Tom Mix was one of the great American popular
cowboys, and he was one who was a real cowboy, too!
being born in Pennsylvania in 1880, he became a champion
rodeo roper and rodeo hand and then wrangled his cowboy
skills onto the silver screen early on, in 1910. He was
a big star by the time the early 1930s rolled around,
and Ralston Purina Company of "Checkerboard Square"
made a radio show for him. It was planned as a rival,
or at least co-rider to the popularity of that other early
'30s great kid's show, Jack
Armstrong the All American Boy.
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Tom was the perfect western hero, with his "wonder
horse" Tony, and TM-Bar Ranch, where he lived with
his young wards, Jane and Jimmy, along with his elderly
sidekick and ranch hand, "the Old Wrangler." Various
actors played the parts through the years, as Tom Mix
rode long in the saddle of old time radio. Joe "Curley"
Bradley played Tom Mix through most of the later years
of the show. A child actor, George Gobel, went on to become
"lonesome" George Gobel, a flat-top haircut
styled star of black-and white TV.
early shows are thought entirely lost in that great sunset,
but there are some examples of the later show to enjoy.
It's the usual mix (Tom Mix-style) of western ranch life,
bad men, an occasional mysterious ghost or invisible rider.
Tom could carry a tune, too, and occasionally sang a number,
and even sang on the commercials! During War War II, Tom
was on the air with episodes that
allowed him to (somehow) battle evil saboteurs and dirty
infiltrator she even flew over to Europe to rope some enemy
Since it was a Ralston Purina show, it constantly featured
super prizes and premiums that all kids would want! They
were part of the Straight Shooter Club, and so it was
natural that they'd get all the stuff. Fans of this premium
frenzy type of nostalgic advertising fun will enjoy the
offers for whistling Sheriff's Badges and the like. Has
this kind of thing gone out of style? Just look at the
For more juvenile western adventure, please see Cisco Kid,
Roy Rogers, Sky
King, and Wild Bill
Hickok. The whole ranch family would like All
Star Western Theater, and there are nine episodes
of the rare early show, Bobby
Benson and B-Bar-B Riders. Plus for a frozen north
take on the western scene, you can dog sled with Sgt.
Preston of the Yukon.