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Unkempt, rough and tough looking members of the gang, or lynch mob, or vigilantes, or posse riders, or cow herders. They had minimal or no dialog, not much screen time, and were generally not listed in the film credits. Some would show up as a face in the crowd, portraying townspeople, barflies, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

In the above still and crop/blowups, Ken Maynard is prone among an entire regiment of henchies in THE FIDDLIN' BUCKAROO (Universal, 1933). From L-to-R are Slim Whitaker, Bud McClure, Frank Ellis (face in shadows), Roy Bucko, Hank Bell (with Maynard's pearl handled six-shooter in his belt), Jack Kirk (face in shadows), unidentified player (tall hat), Fred Kohler and Buck Bucko.



(Courtesy of Dorothy Hack)

Above from left to right are Archie Ricks, Herman Hack, Kit Guard and Bob Steele in a scene from Steele's KID COURAGEOUS (A. W. Hackel/Supreme, 1934).



(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)

Above from L-to-R are Roy Bucko, Al Bridge, Marion Weldon, Art Mix (George Kesterson) and Blackie Whiteford in a scene from DODGE CITY TRAIL (Columbia, 1936), which starred Charles Starrett.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Tex Palmer, Oscar Gahan, Merrill McCormick, Charlie King and Denver Dixon in a scene from the Tex Ritter WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM (Monogram, 1938) .



The antagonists in the ol' B western generally consisted of:

  • the "brains" or "dress" heavy - the boss of the gang who often wears a suit, and pretends to be an upright, lawful member of the community.
  • the "action" heavy - the assistant or second-in-command to the brains heavy who usually wore workmanlike duds, beat up and killed a lot of people, and often had more brawn than brains.
  • a group of henchmen ... and this section on the Old Corral is dedicated to the performers who were relegated to those "henchie" roles. And sometimes those folks would portray law abiding citizens or a face in the background, and pick up a payday as a ranch hand, posse rider, townsman, barfly, etc.

Definition of henchman, "henchie":

  • the 3rd-4th-5th member of the gang ... definitely well down in the "pecking order".
  • generally not billed in the opening or closing credits.
  • may or may not have a screen name ... depends on the "pecking order".
  • rarely has any dialog ... except perhaps a grunt or two ... or a "yeah boss!" in response to "Let's go men!".
  • often whiskered or with a moustache ... clothes are well worn ... often wears a sweat-stained hat.

In other words, these are NOT the western and serial performers that we immediately recognize like Roy Barcroft or Harry Woods or Lafe McKee or Tom London or George Chesebro or Charlie King. The Barcrofts, McKees, Chesebros, Kings and many others wound up with meatier roles, often had dialog, and in many cases, their names appeared in the opening or closing credits. Those folks are profiled in The "Villains & Supporting Players" section on the Old Corral.

The "Henchies" is dedicated to the performers whom we've seen a hundred times but mentally think

What's his name ???



Below are thumbnail images of SOME of the players who did henchman duties as well as portraying barflies, townsmen, posse riders, cowherders, lynchers, etc. In the right side menu, you'll find profiles on those faces ... and lots more performers.



Tom/Tommy Bay


Carl 'Kansas' Moehring


Pascale Perry


Jack Jones


James/Jim Mason


John Beach


Harry Tenbrook


Kit Guard


Roy Bucko


Ralph 'Buck' Bucko


Cliff Parkinson


Barney Beasley


Rube Dalroy


Jess Cavin


Artie Ortego/Ortega


Bud McClure


Oscar Gahan

Dick Botiller


Fox O'Callahan


Blackie Whiteford


Monte/Monty Montague


Earl Askam


Barney Furey


Jerome 'Black Jack' Ward


Herman Nowlin/Nolan


Chuck Baldra


Chick Hannan/Hannon


Tommy Coats


Archie Ricks


George Sowards


Merrill McCormick


Bob Card


'Curley' Dresden


'Cactus Mack' McPeters


Tex 'Squint' Palmer

Carl Sepulveda


Jack Tornek


Chuck Morrison


Jack Evans


Olin Francis


Lew Morphy


Bob Reeves


Jim Corey


Wally West


Bill Patton


Jack Kenney/Kenny


Tom Smith


Frank McCarroll


Ray Jones


Matty Roubert


Al Taylor


Herman Hack


Art Dillard
The Henchies and background performers (in alphabetical order by last name). Click below:

Earl Askam

Floyd 'Silver Tip' Baker

Chuck Baldra

Tom/Tommy Bay

John Beach

Barney Beasley

Dick Botiller 

Roy Brent

Ralph 'Buck' Bucko

Roy Bucko

'Ace' Cain

Bob Card

Jess Cavin

Tommy Coats

Jim Corey

Victor Cox

Rube Dalroy

Dick Dickinson

Bert/Burt Dillard

Charles 'Art' Dillard

Curley Dresden

Jack Evans

Olin Francis

Barney Furey

Oscar Gahan

Kit Guard

Herman Hack

Eddie Hall

Chick Hannan/Hannon

George 'Arizona Slim' Hazel

Jack Hendricks

Carol Henry

Jack Jones

Ray Jones

Jack Kenney (Two of them)

James/Jim Mason

Frank McCarroll

Bud McClure

Merrill McCormick

Curtis 'Cactus Mack' McPeters

Carl 'Kansas' Moehring

Monte/Monty Montague

Jack Montgomery

Buck Morgan

Lew Morphy

Chuck Morrison

Herman Nowlin/Nolan

Artie Ortego / Ortega

Fox O'Callahan

Tex 'Squint' Palmer

Tex Parker

Cliff Parkinson

Bill Patton

Pascale Perry

Tex Phelps

Bennie Pitti

We thought this was Bennie Pitti

Bob Reeves

Archie Ricks

Matty Roubert

Carl Sepulveda 

George Sowards

Len/Lem Sowards

Tom Smith

Al Taylor

Harry Tenbrook

Tex Terry

Jack Tornek

Archie Twitchell

Francis Walker

Robert Walker

Jerome 'Black Jack' Ward

John 'Blackie' Whiteford

Wally West




A few of these players worked in the Three Stooges shorts at Columbia Pictures: http://www.threestooges.net/cast



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