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Smith Ballew

What do you know about Smith Ballew?
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

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1) Where was Sykes Smith Ballew born on January 21, 1902?Smith Ballew

  1. El Paso, Texas

  2. Palestine, Texas

  3. Sherman, Texas

  4. Amarillo, Texas

2) Ballew dubbed John Wayne's singing voice in Riders of Destiny (1933), which is generally considered to be the first "singing" western.

  • True or False?

3) In 1936, what film did he play Slim?

  1. Palm Springs

  2. Las Vegas

  3. Pasadena

  4. Tombstone

4) A Westerner in the Union Army discovers that gold shipments from the West are being captured by Southerners.
What is this 1937 film where Ballew plays Bill Gibson?

  1. Apache Gold

  2. Navajo Ways

  3. Western Gold

  4. Grand Canyon

5) Singing cowboy Randy (Smith Ballew) shows up at Mrs. Blake's ranch. She is beset by bad guys, and Randy loves her daughter Janet.  Roll Along, Cowboy (1937) is based on a novel.
Who wrote the novel?

  1. Wade Phillips

  2. Zane Grey

  3. Ted Baxter

  4. Mitch Miller

6) Cowboys and cows amidst Hawaiian scenery and song. Smith Ballew plays Jeff Howard.
What is this 1938 movie?

  1. Hawaiian Buckaroo

  2. Hawaiian Cowboy

  3. Hawaiian Range Rider

  4. Singing Cowboy from Hawaii

7) In Rawhide (1938), baseball superstar Lou Gehrig is one of several ranchers being coerced by a bunch of bandits. His sister and her lawyer/lover organize the ranchers.  Ballew is Larry Kimball.

  • True or False?

8) Marion Scott (Dave O'Brien), honorably discharged WW II soldier, in "civvies" and carrying a suitcase containing his uniform and medals, is hitch-hiking to the small hometown of a buddy killed overseas, intending to make it his home. En-route, he encounters wealthy society girl Wilhelmina Hammond (Kay Aldridge), who is running away from her stuffed-shirt fiancÚ, Alvin Bailey (Smith Ballew) and has taken his car without permission.
What is the 1945 movie?

  1. The Long Ride Home

  2. The Man Who Walked Alone

  3. Quick, Let's Get Home

  4. Going Home to Mom

9) What is the 1948 film that he plays Band Singer (as Smith Ballew and the Sons of the Sage)?

  1. Under Utah Skies

  2. Under Arizona Skies

  3. Under Texas Skies

  4. Under Oklahoma Skies

10) Who does Smith Balley play in the 1948 film Tex Granger, Midnight Rider of the Plains?

  1. 'Marshal' Blaze Talbot

  2. Timmy Perkins

  3. Rance Carson

  4. Ranger John Allen

11) His last movie is in 1951 with the non credited role as Captain.
What is the movie?

  1. To Hell and Back

  2. Back Home

  3. The Red Badge of Courage

  4. The High and The Mighty

12) Where was Smith Ballew buried?

  1. Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California

  2. Plain View Cemetery, Plain View, Texas

  3. Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California

  4. Laurel Land Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas

Smith Ballew AnswersAngels on your pillow

1) B. 2) False. Ballew did NOT dub John Wayne's singing voice in Riders of Destiny (1933), which is generally considered to be the first "singing" western.  Wayne's voice was dubbed by Bill Bradbury. 3) A. 4) C. 5) B. 6) A. 7) True 8) B. 9) B. 10) A. 11) C. 12) D. Plot: Section 26 Lot 38

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