Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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10 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine (Wood) from the Comanches. How did he pinpoint it? "You get an Indian guide, and they'll take you to them," he said. All of which shows that Ellerbe's taste in westerns is more varied than he might otherwise suggest. "I like 'A' movies as well as 'B' movies," he said. His longtime favorite, he said, has been 1953's "Shane," starring Alan Ladd in a movie touted as "The greatest story of the West ever filmed." But lately, he said, he has been circling back to "The Searchers." "John Wayne should have gotten the Academy Award for Searchers," he said. Turns out Ellerbe has done a little "acting" himself, dressed the part as he so often is. The retired "almost 82" leather-goods salesman ("I would have liked to have been the tech guy, scout locations," he said) once took a stroll dressed in his garb on Hollywood's famed Sunset Boulevard. "They didn't even look at me," he said of the bystanders. So, is Ellerbe well-versed in horsemanship? "Not good," he said. "I'm a drugstore cowboy." COURTESY OF NIKKI ELLERBE Gene Autry's Cowboy Code 1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage. 2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him. 3. He must always tell the truth. 4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals. 5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas. 6. He must help people in distress. 7. He must be a good worker. 8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits. 9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation's laws. 10. The Cowboy is a patriot. MGM COURTESY OF NIKKI ELLERBE Just one of many movie posters in Nikki Ellerbe's collection is from 1944's "The Yellow Rose of Texas," starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Below, Ellerbe with Mickey Kuhn, who as a young actor played in 1948's "Red River" and 1950's "Broken Arrow." Earlier in life, Kuhn played 6-year-old Beau Wilkes, son of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard, shown with Kuhn at bottom) and Melanie Hamilton Wilkes (Olivia De Havilland) in 1939's Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind." As of this writing, Kuhn, 86, and de Havilland, 102, are the only known survivors of the credited cast of that film. REPUBLIC PICTURES

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