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Buddy Roosevelt - early sound films.


(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from left to right are Buddy Roosevelt (with moustache), Benny Corbett, Tom London (on horseback), Buffalo Bill Jr. (Jay Wilsey) and Bob Roper in a scene from WESTWARD BOUND (Webb-Douglas Productions/Syndicate, 1931). Wilsey was the star of this early sound film which was directed by Harry S. Webb, the later owner (with B. B. Ray) of Reliable Pictures. The female lead was Allene Ray of silent serial fame, and Buddy portrayed her ranch foreman and was billed third in the opening titles.

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(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)

Above - a lobby card from the Jack Irwin directed THE RIDIN' KID (Syndicate, 1931). The gal with the rifle is Jean Kay who did a couple movies in the early 1930s. The man on the right is unidentified.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - a lobby card from THE VALLEY OF BADMEN (Syndicate, 1931), another Roosevelt oater directed by Jack Irwin. In the photo inset are Buddy and Charles 'Slim' Whitaker. This is one of the lost/missing westerns.



Buddy Roosevelt - his last starring roles in a four film series for Albert Victor Adamson, AKA Denver Dixon, AKA Art Mix.


(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - Roosevelt and Clarise Woods in CIRCLE CANYON (Superior, 1934). Buddy and his drawstring shirt kinda looks like George O'Brien.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - Buddy Roosevelt and heroine Patsy Bellamy in the title lobby card from LIGHTNING RANGE (California Motion Picture Enterprises/Superior, 1934).



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Above from left to right are a young Fay McKenzie, Buddy, Frances Morris and George Chesebro in BOSS COWBOY (California Motion Picture Enterprises/Superior, 1934). Fay McKenzie is best remembered for her work with Gene Autry at Republic, where she was the feminine interest in DOWN MEXICO WAY (Republic, 1941), SIERRA SUE (Republic, 1941), HOME IN WYOMIN' (Republic, 1942), HEART OF THE RIO GRANDE (Republic, 1942) and COWBOY SERENADE (Republic, 1942). Fay was born in 1918 and was about sixteen years old when she did this Roosevelt oater.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Merrill McCormick, Buddy and Barbara Starr in RANGE RIDERS (California Motion Picture Enterprises/Superior, 1934). Tall, thin Merrill McCormick usually played a henchman, barfly, etc. But in this one, he's Buddy's sidekick 'Pedro'.



Buddy Roosevelt - frequent stand-in for Ronald Colman.

The November, 1936 issue of Picture Play magazine (available at the Internet Archive) had an article titled "What Price Glory" by Myrtle Gebhart. The story intro reads "The unsung heroes and heroines of the movies are those who substitute for the stars in preparation for their scenes. They are known as stand-ins ..."

Above are Buddy Roosevelt and Ronald Colman in a photo from that article and the photo caption reads: "Buddy Roosevelt, once a star in Westerns, substitutes for Ronald Colman in the arduous work of filming a picture."

The January, 1937 issue of Hollywood magazine had a similar article titled "They Who Lead Double Lives" (also available at the Internet Archive). Buddy was mentioned: "Buddy Roosevelt is another stand-in who looks amazingly like his star, Ronald Colman."

The Google Newspaper archive has a 1942 article about Buddy's many years as the stand-in for Ronald Colman, and their first film together was CLIVE OF INDIA (20th Century, 1935): http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19420603&id=3_IjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HP8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6348,3776350


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