ROY ROGERS & AND DALE EVANS
(These quotes are found in The Cowboy and the Senorita by Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss)
were ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives. They provided a
lifetime of inspiration for myself and millions of
moviegoers. Their legend continues. (
There is no
greater phenomenon in show business than the individual and combined careers of
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. (
was the most important American entertainer in the 20th century. He used his
immense talent to encourage moral and spiritual strength. He took the
The Lord has
really had his hands full with me, but I'm grateful. You see, Dale worked
with God to bring me something I had longed for all my life. Peace.
Materially speaking, for years I had nothing. Then for years I had
much. But I soon learned that having too much was worse than having too
little. Nothing ever seemed quite right. I was restless, confused,
unsatisfied. But the power of prayer and the feeling of spiritual
blessedness, and the love of Jesus have no price tag. (
Dale was a godly woman who lived the Golden Rule. Dale Evans blazed a happy trail. (Naomi Judd)
Many people, including her family, viewed Dale as the personification of goodness and saw her life as a shining success. Dale looked at it quite differently. She claimed the first half of her life was an unrelieved series of disasters, while the second half was a triumph over them. (Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss)
I admit it's
hard at times to be a Christian in show business. But I guess it's hard
to be a good Christian no matter what business you're in. I happen to
have been thrown into show business. It's a job. One doesn't always
get to do just what he wants to do most, but he can usually find a way to make
his life worthwhile if he wants to. (
As I stood
looking out the window, it occurred to me that any financial provisions I might
be able to leave my kids would someday be gone. The fame of being a movie
star wouldn't last forever. I wanted my kids to remember me for something
special, something that matters. I wanted them to remember me as a daddy
who took them to church on Sundays and helped them learn how to live a good
Christian life. (
That little baby (Robin) gave us a perspective we might never have found without her. We needed her, more than we ever knew when she was with us. She brought a wonderful peace to our lives. She smiled and our troubles fell away. She taught us patience and humility; and in the end, she showed us how to be of use to God. (Dale) Dale and Roy contributed all the royalties from (Angel Unaware) to the National Association for Retarded Children. (Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss)
things you can take with you are the things you give away. (
I do not feel that I am a writer. My books inspired by my experiences in life, have been the result of God's guidance of my hand and mind. (Dale)
I’m an introvert at heart. And show business—even though I’ve loved
it so much—has always been hard for me. (
Roy and his
first wife, Arlene, paid out of their own pocket for help in answering the
volumes of fan mail.
nothing phony about Roy Rogers. No hungry ego and nothing to prove.
We were married for 52 years, a long time.
what makes me tick; I would be less of a man without her. (
If the test of a celebrity’s greatness is his ability to win and hold a great mass following, Roy Rogers passed that test many times over. Twenty-three years after his last major movie had been released, audiences continued to seek him out and tell him how much they appreciated his positive influence and talent. (Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss)
Dale and Roy
shared a deep love of children and family.
Volume upon volume of books could be written about the life-changing
effects they had on hurting and ill children languishing in hospital rooms and
orphanages. In the first year after the death of his first wife, Arlene,
Although Dale Evans recorded more than 400 songs, appeared in 38 films, and recorded numerous television shows and radio broadcasts, she wanted most to be identified with Christian evangelism. She considered this aspect of her life to have been the most memorable and enjoyable. Longtime friends and fans knew her to be a strong witness who lived out her beliefs. She left behind 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and a lesson in how to ride a hard trail.
Who am I to
be the beloved hero of millions of people? I'm just a hillbilly, an
ignorant hillbilly boy from Duck Run. (
From Dale Evans Rogers: Rainbow on a Hark Trail:
Roy Roger, “King of the Cowboys,” was a servant of Christ without guile. He was a man who revered fairness and honesty, a man of his word who could be depended on. He really knew what commitment was and he practiced it. He was a down-home guy who became an international role model for right living. (Dale Evans)
We shared our
papa with the world all of our lives, and in death we are sharing him
again. But we cannot forget that God
shared him first with us. He loaned us
this awesome hero, this wonderful man, and this very special father for
eight-six years. And we are very
grateful for the time that we had with him. (
Dale Evans doesn’t speak from scripts when it comes to Christ. She speaks from the heart. Thank you, Dale, for going out ahead and charting the wilderness. Thank you for blazing a footpath for people like me who struggle with affliction and heartache. Bless you for teaching us that the hope of heaven is just beyond the trail’s end.
(Joni Eareckson Tada)
When Roy and Dale passed away in the late 20th
century, the historical Christian era of
THE MOVIES OF ROY ROGERS
James Along the Navajo
Trail Apache Rose Arizona
Kid Arkansas Kid
The Arkansas Judge Bad Man of Deadwood Bells of Coronada Bells of Rosarita
Bells of San Angelo Big Show The Billy the Kid Returns Border Legion Carson City Kid
The Colorado Come On, Rangers The Cowboy and and the Senorita
The Dark Command The Days of Jesse James Don’t Fence Me In Down Dakota Way
Eyes of Texas Far Frontier The Frontier Pony Express Gallant Defender, The Gay Ranchero,
The Golden Stallion The Grand Canyon Trail Hands Across the Border
Heart of the Golden West Heart of the Rockies Heldorado
Hit Parade of 1947 Hollywood Canteen Home in Oklahoma Idaho In Old Amarillo
In Old Caliente In Old Cheyenne Jeepers Creepers Jesse James at Bay King of the Cowboys
Lake Placid Serenade Lights of Old Santa Fe Mackintosh and T. J. Man From Cheyenne
Man From Music Mountain The Man From Oklahoma The Melody Time My Pal Trigger
Mysterious Avenger Nevada City Night Time in Nevada North of the Great Divide Old Barn Dance,
The Old Corral The Old Homestead The Old Wyoming Trail The On the Old Spanish Trail
Out California Way Pals of the Golden West Rainbow Over Texas Ranger and the Lady
The Red River Valley Rhythm of the Range Ridin’ Down the Canyon Robin Hood of the Pecos
Roll On Texas Moon Romance on the Range Rough Riders’ Roundup Saga of Death Valley
San Fernando Valley Sheriff of Tombstone Son of Paleface Sons of the Pioneers South of Caliente
South of Santa Fe Southward Ho Spoilers of the Plains Springtime in the Sierras Sunset in El Dorado
Sunset in the West Sunset on the Desert Sunset Serenade Susanna Pass Texas Legionnaires
Trail of Robin Hood Trigger, Jr. Tumbling Tumbleweeds Twilight in the Sierras Under
Rodeo Yellow Rose of
Phil, Cindy & Daniel meet Roy, 1991
A Cowboy’s Prayer: Oh, Lord, I reckon I’m not much just by myself. I’ve failed to do alotta things I oughta do. But Lord, when trails are steep and passes high, help me to ride it straight the whole way through. And in the falling dusk when I get the final call, I do not care how many flowers they send. Above all else, the happiest trail would be for you to say to me: Let’s ride my friend. Amen.
Happy trails to you,
until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Some trails are happy while others are blue,
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you.
Happy trails until we meet again.
(Dale Evans Rogers)