Eeek! I'm told I gave some misinformation, the reason the Hoppy books I read were like Boyd was because the author needed the money and rewrote them to fit Boyd's version! An his short comment on the accuracy was just a laconic westerner's way.
The man who invented the Cowboy Hero movie as we know it was probably Tom Mix but Autry is the man who re-invented the Cowboy Movie into a entertainment extravaganza not just for kids but the whole family, and when he's at top form he's still entertains
Frankly, Cowboy films can be inconsistent, some are smashing fun and some sloggers ... for awhile only the biggest names got saved to Video. This is the same actor who was Captian Marvel ... is it any good? I don't know, haven't see it yet.
Roy's Films fall into three eras. ALL of them Good films. First standard Republic in the Autry mold unitl his popularity hit, then "Oklahoma" became a hit on broadway and they put in BIG production numbers, then finally they tried cranking up the action