ask the marshall true west Lash LaRue

Did whip snapper Lash LaRue make movies?
Bill Dunn, High River, Alberta, Canada

Lash LaRue made nearly 30 movies between 1945 and 1952. His comic books, between 1949 and 1961, were among the most popular of the Western genre. They each sold more than one million copies. He also played Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan in episodes of ABC’s popular The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O’Brian.

ask the marshall true west Lash LaRue
Veteran cowboy actor Lash LaRue stood out among the six-gun shootists and two-fisted brawlers by taking down the bad guys with his 18-foot-long bullwhip.
— Courtesy Western Adventures Productions from 1950’s King of the Bullwhip

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at

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