The 1930's and the 1940's have been described as "The Golden Age of Motion Pictures" and Western films ruled the range. We are all familiar with John Wayne, affectionately called, "the Duke", but Buck Jones was an earlier Hollywood legend. Born in Indiana, he had over 160 films to his credit and rivaled stars like Hoot Gibson and Tom Mix. A very young Carole Lombard was featured in three of his films. His first starring role, The Last Straw, released in 1920.
Buck Jones died in 1942, one of the 492 victims of the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts. Having intially escaped the fire, Buck Jones went back in the roaring blaze to rescue others and died, an act for which John Wayne described Buck as his hero.