RUSS THORSON & WILLIS BOUCHEY
The characters played by Russ Thorson and Willis Bouchey
are old men who manage to be respected authority types,
even though they are physically on the smallish side.
Both are apt to glare and give an order,
or take you down a notch by merely looking at you.
Both Thorson and Bouchey acted in radio shows
for no less than twenty years. Thorson was in several episodes
of The Tom Mix Ralston Straightshooters and one of The Six-Shooter.
Bouchey appeared in about eleven episodes of Wild Bill Hickok,
a couple of Roy Rogers, and was in the radio adaptation of the movie Shane.
Both actors appeared in just about every tv western series.
In cowboy movies, Russ Thorson was in Hang 'Em High
and in the under-appreciated Gregory Peck western The Stalking Moon.
Willis Bouchey was in three of John Ford's mediocre movies--
The Horse Soldiers, Two Rode Together,
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance--and in two of his best--
Sergeant Rutledge, and Cheyenne Autumn.
How to tell Thorson and Bouchey apart?
The latter is more likely to break into a gritty laugh or grin.
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