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Entertainers performing for visitors in front of a painted backdrop of a steamboat with the cast at Disneyland's GOLDEN HORSESHOE live stage show at FRONTIERLAND.

Disneyland Resort Remembers Disney Legend Betty Taylor
June 6, 2011
Disneyland Resort Remembers Disney Legend Betty Taylor
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by George Savvas, Director, Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Betty Taylor played Slue Foot Sue to Wally Boag's Pecos Bill five days a week for nearly three decades at Disneyland park. She joined the Golden Horseshoe Revue just a year after it began in 1955 and continued in the role of the vivacious saloon owner until 1987, racking up an astounding estimated 45,000 performances. Even after that many shows, Betty's devotion to Disneyland audiences kept them fresh and fun.

On Friday June 3rd, 2011 Wally Boag passed on at age 90 in Santa Monica, California and on the following day, Saturday June 4th, 2011, Betty Taylor passed on at age 91 in Coupeville, Washington.

On the day that Betty passed on, Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis said,

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a second Disney Legend in just two days - Betty Taylor. Betty's role as leading lady in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue helped turn it into the longest-running stage show in entertainment history. It is a tragic coincidence that her passing comes just one day after the death of longtime co-star Wally Boag."

Wally Boag and Betty Taylor in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue
June 4th, 2011
Wally Boag and Betty Taylor in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue - YouTube

The Mouse Castle
RIP Wally Boag 1920-2011. Betty Taylor and Wally Boag perform "Pecos Bill" at the 10,000th
performance of the Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland. From a September 1962 episode
of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color."

Painted backdrop of a steamboat with the cast at Disneyland's GOLDEN HORSESHOE live stage show


Disney's Davy Crockett series with Mike Fink on the Ohio River aboard the keelboats GULLYWHUMPER and BERTHA MAE

Jeff York as Mike Fink on the right IS in the distance at the tiller of his keelboat the GULLYWHUMPER, taunting Clem Bevans as Captain Cobb on his keelboat the BERTHA MAE in the foreground on the left during the keelboat race on the Ohio River while Davy Crockett is on board the BERTHA MAE with his partner Georgie Russell.

The historical Mike Fink was born Miche Phinck sometime during the decade of 1770/1780. Fink died in the Rocky Mountains in 1823, while with an expedition of volunteers in a group called "Ashley's Hundred."

Some say that this happened during a drunken argument over what was referred to as a chère amie—a romantic interest. Timothy Field, in 1829, said that in a drunken stupor, when aiming at a mug of beer on the head of his longtime friend, a companion named Carpenter, Mike Fink shot low, killing Carpenter; shortly thereafter, his other longtime friend, Talbot, retaliated by killing Fink, using Carpenter's pistol. Wikipedia

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates is a 1956 American adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is an edited compilation of the last two episodes of the Davy Crockett television miniseries, Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates, starring Fess Parker as Davy Crockett. Wikipedia

Keelboat Race Episode: Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett and his best friend Georgie Russell are transporting pelts to Maysville, Kentucky after a successful season of trapping and hunting. On the Ohio River, they encounter Mike Fink, the self-proclaimed "King of the River." Fink refuses to take Crockett and Russell downriver on his keelboat unless they pay his toll, which they cannot afford. Fink challenges Crockett and Russell to a keelboat race to New Orleans, with the pelts and Fink's title as the stakes. Crockett uses his celebrity to organize his own keelboat crew for the race, which he wins despite numerous obstacles and Fink's cheating. Crockett allows Fink to keep his title, and Fink graciously gives him and Russell a ride downriver for free.

River Pirates Episode: Fink drops Crockett and Russell off along the river, where they seek out Chickasaw traders to buy horses from them. A Chickasaw hunting party captures them and takes them to their village, where they are preparing to go to war to avenge Kaskaskia tribesmen.

Crockett and Russell, having witnessed an earlier attack on Fink's keelboat but being told the Kaskaskia were driven out of the area prior, deduce that the attackers are in fact pirates masquerading as Native Americans. Crockett and Russell agree to bring the pirates to justice in exchange for peace and are released.

Fink agrees to help Crockett and Russell by posing as a banker hauling Spanish gold and stopping at various towns along the Ohio River to brag in order to draw the pirates out. The group attracts a traveling minstrel named Colonel Plug, whom Crockett agrees to take to the next town.

Crockett correctly suspects Plug is in league with the pirates, led by Samuel Mason and the Harpe brothers, who are hiding at Cave-in-Rock. (The sequence was filmed in the actual location on the Ohio River in Hardin County, Illinois). Plug notifies the pirates of the gold through a song, but is subdued when he discovers the truth. The pirates attack, but Fink's crew defends the boat successfully. Crockett and Russell pursue Mason and the Harpe brothers to their cave hideout, where they subdue the Harpe brothers. A keg of gunpowder explodes, sealing the cave and killing Mason. Having made peace, Crockett and Russell again part ways with Fink and head for home.


Zorro vs. uniformed Hispanic Colonial Soldier on the MARK TWAIN at Disneyland

Truly surreal concept to entertain visitors at Disneyland. . . . Two fictional characters from 1820 Colonial Los Angeles are teleported to the roof of the Mark Twain in Anaheim.

Two stuntmen behind the pilot house of Disneyland's MARK TWAIN portray "Don Diego" as Zorro with sword drawn as he intimidates a uniformed Hispanic Colonial Soldier from Walt Disney's popular T.V. series that ran from 1957 to 1959.


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