By Noelene Clark and Lily Mihalik
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'The Roy Rogers Show' | 1951-1957( Los Angeles Times Archives )
White hat: With more than 100 cowboy movies to his name, Roy Rogers played himself as the owner of the Double R Ranch in this TV series, alongside wife Dale Evans, sidekick Pat Brady, horse Trigger and German shepherd Bullet. Every week, Roy Rogers and his posse rescued the weak and helpless. Each episode ended with the show's theme song, "Happy Trails" written by the Queen of Cowgirls herself, and crooned by Dale and Roy over the credits.
Black hat: Each week brought its own set of black hats, including claim jumpers, rustlers, tyrannical lawmen and corrupt financiers.
Pictured above: Bob Hope demonstrates his riding technique for Trigger and Roy Rogers in 1951, before the debut of "The Roy Rogers Show."