Eddie and A Horse Called Copper in The Westward Trail (1948)
Eddie Dean and steed rout schemes to mine silver at expense ofhomesteaders. Less of same was
invested by PRC on beginner lead Dean's behalf. How could he rise to cowboy top
on such meager outlay of coin? Series westerns were barn-bound by the late
forties, what with specter of TV on horizons. Still, there'd be effort at
renewing brands --- Lash LaRue, Rex Allen, Jimmy Wakely --- but as J.J.
Hunsecker once said, You're dead son, go get yourself buried. What's ignored
about Dean is fact he was a darn good songwriter in addition to other gifts,
It's Courtin' Time his serenade to lead lady Phyllis Planchard (Westward was one of
only two credited feature roles she had). Eddie did twenty westerns for PRC,
according to B-west Bible The Hollywood Corral, a few of these in Cinecolor,
then focused on music. His westerns show up from time to time on Retroplex in a
best quality I've seen for PD floor sweepings.