Although Dub Taylor had a fantastically long career, after starting with Frank Capra's You Can't Take it With You (1948) at Columbia Pictures, he was relegated to B westerns as the character "Cannonball" for the next 10 years. Despite this, he was in high demand riding with "Wild Bill" Elliott, Russell Hayden, Tex Ritter, and Charles Starrett before moving to Monogram to close out his sidekick days as "Cannonball," with Jimmy Wakely. What many fans don't realize is that for seven of those Columbia westerns another actor replaced Dub as Cannonball in 1941 and 1942. Here is an excerpt from The Western Legends Live On; Tales, and Interviews with the Cowboys of the Silver Screen: When asked why Dub was called “Cannonball,” Charles Starrett, one of Dub’s later co-stars, put it succinctly. “He looked like a Cannonball After Dub left the “Wild Bill” series his moniker of “Cannonball” was given to a leaner comic by the name of Frank Mitchell, formerly of the comedy team of Mitchell and Durant, who replaced him in the Elliott programmers. Later, Dub would reclaim his “Cannonball” character and take it with him for the Jimmy Wakely series at Monogram. Dub’s last western series film for Columbia, Frontier Gunlaw was released in January of 1946. It wouldn’t be until October 1947 that Dub returned to sidekick duties alongside Jimmy Wakely at the much lower budget studio, Monogram. Unlike Smiley Burnette who was forced to surrender his “Frog Millhouse” character name upon leaving Republic Pictures, Columbia had no more use for the sidekick name, “Cannonball.” Dub was so identified with the name that it would have been superfluous for Columbia to give it to any other sidekick; they were more magnanimous than Republic was with Smiley. Wakely’s reaction to his new sidekick was just the opposite of Starrett’s for ole’ Dub. Wakley was quoted as saying that he felt Dub’s humor was “too broad” for his films; it’s interesting to note that neither Starrett nor Wakely were happy with the switch. All in all, Dub Taylor should be considered one of the most successful B western sidekicks of all time riding with "Wild Bill" Elliott, Tex Ritter, Russell Hayden, and Charles Starrett at Columbia, Don “Red” Barry at Republic, and Jimmy Wakely at Monogram; as well as being one of the chosen few (like Slim Pickens) who went one to have a very healthy career after riding the Hollywood B Trail.