ROY ROGERS & AND DALE EVANS

(These quotes are found in The Cowboy and the Senorita by Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss)

My parents were ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives.  They provided a lifetime of inspiration for myself and millions of moviegoers.  Their legend continues.  (Roy "Dusty" Rogers, son of Roy Rogers)

There is no greater phenomenon in show business than the individual and combined careers of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.  (Oakland Daily News)

Roy Rogers was the most important American entertainer in the 20th century. He used his immense talent to encourage moral and spiritual strength.  He took the best of America's most important icon, the cowboy, and created a code of honor for all.    (Michael Martin Murphy)

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.  (Roy)

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.  (Roy)

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.  (Roy)

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)

The only things you can take with you are the things you give away.  (Roy)

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)

Roy and his first wife, Arlene, paid out of their own pocket for help in answering the volumes of fan mail.  Roy was eventually spending more in postage than his salary.  He appealed to Herbert Yates, head of Republic Studios, to help him pay for stamps and a secretary.  Yates said no, suggesting that Roy do what other stars do, and throw the letters in the trash.  Roy refused to do that. (Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss)

There is nothing phony about Roy Rogers.  No hungry ego and nothing to prove.  We were married for 52 years, a long time.  Roy was a good guy.  People liked him because he was real.  He wasn’t flashy, he was just a real person. (Dale)

Dale knows what makes me tick; I would be less of a man without her. (Roy)

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, Roy made more than 800 personal calls to sick boys and girls. (Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss)

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.  (Roy)

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. (Roy’s daughter Linda)

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 America came to a close. (Phil Van Auken)

       

THE MOVIES OF ROY ROGERS

Alias Jesse 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 California Skies
Under Nevada Skies     Under Western Stars     Utah Wall Street Cowboy     Way Up Thar

Wild Horse Rodeo     Yellow Rose of Texas    The Young Bill Hickok    Young Buffalo Bill

 

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)