Saturday, February 21, 2015

Return With Us Now To TV Westerns: 'LASH OF THE WEST'

By Steve Crum

Lash LaRue (aka Al "Lash" LaRue) was a top B-western movie star of the 1940's and '50s, specializing in his use of the bullwhip. (He reportedly taught Harrison Ford how to use it for the Indiana Jones movies.) 

He was the man in black outfit, riding a black horse. AND he had a great sidekick, Al "Fuzzy" St. John.

His TV "career" is hardly worth mentioning since his 15-minute Lash of the West ran a mere four months on ABC. (The show consisted of him introducing clips from his old movies.) Lash is pictured above in his heyday, and as a guest on an early David Letterman show. 

"The Humphrey Bogart of Westerns" died May 24, 1994 at 78.

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