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Raiders of the West Original Trailer (1942)

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This is the theatrical trailer for the 1942 film Raiders of the West, directed by Sam Newfield and starring Lee Powell and Texas natives Bill “Cowboy Rambler” Boyd and Art Davis. In the film, Boyd and Davis play a pair of marshals who infiltrate a gang in the hopes of breaking up a counterfeiting operation. Before they can make an arrest, however, their real identities are discovered. Now their partner, played by Powell, must rescue Boyd and Davis before they are murdered. Boyd, born near Ladonia, and Davis, born in Paradise, were members of the Cowboy Ramblers, a pioneering western swing band that also had its own popular radio show, the Bill Boyd Ranch House.
William Lemuel Boyd, also known as Bill “Cowboy Rambler” Boyd, was born near Ladonia, Texas on September 29, 1910. After moving to Dallas during the Great Depression, Bill and his brother Jim began performing on the radio with various musical acts, including the Alexanders Daybreakers and Jimmie Rogers. In 1932, the brothers formed the Cowboy Ramblers. After releasing their recording debut in 1934, the band went on to make more than 225 recordings and even earned their own popular radio show, entitled The Bill Boyd Ranch House. Due to the group’s radio success, the Cowboy Ramblers were also offered work in Hollywood. Bill appeared in six Western films during the 1940s. 
 
In the 1950s, the Boyd brothers ended their radio show and became DJs. Bill retired from the music business in the early 1970s, passing away in Dallas on December 7, 1977. For his contribution to radio, Bill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.