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In the middle 1930's I often went to the Stepney central hall in the Commercial Road for the penny picture's and among the films shown were westerns with all chimpanzee cast.As a nine year old I thought they were amazing.Does anyone have information about these films and their producers?

Dear James:

 First of all, I wish to apologize for the time duration in getting back to you.My computer was inoperable until recently and I was also recovering from minor surgery.So I humbly ask forgiveness for circumstances beyond my control.
 In answer to your question, the name of the movie was called "The Little Covered Wagon" and came out in the mid 1930s (about 1936). To the best of my knowledge it has never been released as a DVD. it was the only movie of its kind and probably just slipped under the radar. There is a scene from it which I  will enclose as well.
 It looks both imaginative and funny.
 I hope this helps you and I again apologize for not getting back to you sooner.

Thank you for your understanding and be blessed,
Bruce Simon


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I can answer virtually any question concerning TV westerns since 1950. I also have collected Western movies faithfully since 1984 and own several hundred (prominent ones such as High Noon or How the West was Won) as well as B movies and below (White Comanche and The Sundowners)I own rare TV series such as Yancey Derringer,the 13 episodes of Tate with David Maclean, and select episodes of Judge Roy Bean


I have been a Western aficionado since the age of 8 (so for the last 50 years). I have been a faithful collector of Lone Ranger episodes and memorabilia since the early 1970s. I find myself drawn more to the black and white series because I find color an unnecessary plot distraction and love to study the evolution and settlement of the Old West through the leather bound Time-Life series on the West. The principal factor which attracts me to this period is the consistent triumph of virtue over vice. The forces of evil, no matter how malevolent, are never victorious in any Western. So I am appreciative of the inflexible morality set forth in most Western series

I have belonged to 5 different churches in 35 years where I have held posts of Sunday school teacher, outreach leader, and board member. Since my retirement to Rowlesburg, West Virginia, I have held the post of Town Park Commissioner for 2 years and anticipate a position on our Town Council beginning in July.

I was a free lance book reviewer for the Richmond Times Dispatch for 15 years, I reviewed 129 books during this period. I also reviewed 25 books for Style Weekly, an independent publication.

I have a BA in English Literature and a minor in Linguistics from Virginia Commonwealth University. I graduated in 1976. I also had a half year of Bible College from New Life Outreach in Richmond, Virginia (1984-1985)

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While employed by the Richmond Public Library for 29 years, I have been honored for outstanding customer service and have received awards for creative programming for Young Adults on 2 occasions.

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