Mar 19, 2012
Red Ryder was a juvenile western that for a time rivaled and
even topped The Lone Ranger in the Hooper ratings.
First a series of short stories, then a newspaper comic strip, Red Ryder was so popular in the early 1940s that it spawned a series of movies and a comic book.
Red Ryder was responsible for tons of branded merchandising
items, including the Daisy Red Ryder BB rifle made famous in the
movie A Christmas Story.
The radio series was on the air from 1942 to 1951.
Red Ryder was called "Red" because he had red hair and wore a red shirt. He had a sidekick called Buckskin and a native American juvenile partner named Little Beaver.
This episode, The Law Comes to Stovepipe, first aired on January 12, 1943.