Chip, of the Flying U, cover

Chip of the Flying U, cover, 1906.


In 1904 B.M. Bower’s first published novel, Chip of the Flying U, was serialized in a magazine.  Two years later it came out in hardback.  According to the newspaper the Brooklyn Eagle, “Chip is all right.  Better than The Virginian." Chip of the Flying U was made into a film four times, the second time by Universal Pictures starring Hoot Gibson in 1926.  The Hollywood industry magazine Variety declared the fourth version, filmed in 1939, to be a “top-notch” western.

Gibson in 'Chip of Flying U' on Criterion Bill

Los Angeles Times, March 21, 1906.