Recently America lost a legendary hero of cinema and Western film history, Harry “Dobe” Carey, Jr. I had the pleasure of interviewing Harry for an article my father, Jeb Rosebrook, and I wrote for Arizona Highways Magazine in honor of 60 years of John Ford filmmaking in Monument Valley celebrated in 1999.
Harry Carey, Jr. was one of the classiest men in Hollywood, and next to Maureen O’Hara, really one of the last great actors of the John Ford Company that made so many American classic films. Harry was a true Westerner, raised on his parents ranch north of Los Angeles, and next to Ben Johnson and Yakima Canutt, the best horseman on all of Ford’s Western films.
As a boy, growing up in Los Angeles, with blond red hair and freckles like Dobe, and a love of the West and horses, I always felt a kinship with Dobe as the young cowboy or trooper always working hard to earn his spurs.
On Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 3 p.m., on 960-AM, the Patriot, Phoenix, Ariz., Keith Woods will host an hour long interview on our show Arizona Centennial Stories, sponsored by Messinger Mortuaries, with screenwriter, novelist, playwright and Emmy-nominated television writer and producer Jeb Rosebrook on the creation of the 1972 classic film, “Junior Bonner.” Noted recently by the LA Times as one of the most important films of 1972, the ground breaking year in cinema history that included such films as “The Godfather” and “Cabaret,” the Sam Peckinpah film starring Steve McQueen has a world wide audience that could be described as a cult following. Shot entirely on location in Prescott, Ariz., in the summer of 1971, Keith Woods interviews Jeb about the origins of the story, his introduction to Producer Joe Wizan, Director Peckinpah, and the star, McQueen. Joining in the conversation is Jeb’s son, Stuart Rosebrook, Ph.D., a historian of the real and imagined West, with a speciality in Western cinema. The younger Rosebrook was an extra in the film while Jeb recieved an honorary membership in the stuntman’s association for his work in the wild cow milking event and the historic and memorable bar fight in the Palace Bar on Prescott’s Whiskey Row.
If you’d like to listen to the radio show on Sunday, tune into 960-am, the Patriot, at 3 p.m., or listen to it at: http://centennialstories.com/ or follow the links at : http://centennialstories.com/?page_id=64
See you on the radio! And remember, tell ’em “Junior sent ya!”