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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, barflys, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.




Bud McClure

Real name:
Ervin/Erwin Thomas McClure

1883-1942

Appeared in at least 130 westerns and 13 serials.


Bud McClure was another of the henchie brigade of the 1930s and he appeared in nearly five dozen films starring Ken Maynard and Buck Jones during the period from 1929-1936. McClure could also handle the reins of a stagecoach and wagon. Most of his roles were unbilled/uncredited.

One of his few roles with more than a word or two of dialog occurs in the Tom Tyler DEADWOOD PASS (Freuler/Monarch, 1933). In the opening minutes, McClure is the stage driver and during a stop, he tells Tyler and pretty heroine Alice Dahl about the mysterious outlaw "the Hawk".

  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Bud McClure: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0565972/

The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), the California Death Records database, and the death certificate provide more info on Bud McClure and family. Note the ErWin vs. ErVin first name confusion. Methinks his first name was ERVIN, not Erwin. Appears that Bud McClure also thought his first name was ERVIN when he signed his World War I and World War II draft registrations (links to those documents below):

  • 1900 census: living in Tuolumne County, California are 49 year old Thomas R. Mc Clure (born Ohio), his 42 year old wife Alice M. (born Central America), 17 year old son Erwin (born California) and 12 year old son David (born California): https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9GT-HHF
    1900 census takers worksheet: father Thomas R. is a "Real Estate Agent" and both boys are "At school": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11753-92629-81?cc=1325221
  • World War I draft registration dated September 12, 1918: 36 year old Ervin Thomas McClure was born February 21, 1883 and he and wife Grace are living at 2220 Western, Seattle, Washington. His occupation is "Stable Foreman" and the stable is located at 2200 Western, Seattle: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26296-27705-46?cc=1968530
  • 1930 census: living in Los Angeles are 44 year old Erwin T. Mcclure (born California), his 44 year old wife Grace (born Wisconsin), 9 year old son Rex (born California), 4 year old son Charles (born California) and a lodger: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XCJB-ZQN
    Ancestry had the 1930 census takers worksheet: the McClure family is renting at 1325 Vine Street, Los Angeles. Bud's occupation is "Actor-Motion Pictures", and he answers "No" to the are you a veteran question.
  • 1940 census: 57 year old Ervin McClure, 54 year old wife Grace, 19 year old son Rex and 14 year old son Charles reside in the Los Angeles area: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9H2-WDJ
  • 1940 census takers worksheet has the McClure family renting at 5218 Riverton Avenue, North Hollywood, California, and they lived at that location in 1935. McClure's occupation is "moving picture cowboy-motion picture studios" and in 1939, he worked 20 weeks and earned $1800.00: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27797-1088-27?cc=2000219&wc=MMYH-FD3:1075876540
  • 1942 World War II draft registration for Ervin Thomas McClure. He lists his birth date and location as February 21, 1883 and Hopland, California. He and wife Grace reside at 5218 Riverton Avenue, North Hollywood, California, and his occupation/employment information is "none has cancer": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16505-53798-44?cc=1861144&wc=MMRW-1V2:1100039110
  • You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral and then to the California Death Records database. There you will find a record for: Erwin Thomas McClure, born February 21, 1883 and passed away on November 2, 1942 in the Los Angeles area.
  • Death certificate: Erwin Thomas McClure passed away on November 2, 1942 from cancer (2 years duration) at his home at 5218 Riverton Avenue, North Hollywood, California. He was born February 21, 1883 in Ukiah, California; father was Thomas R. McClure; wife was Grace F. McClure; his occupation was "Cowboy Actor, Extra"; burial at Valhalla Cemetery, Burbank, California.



(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, Jack Kirk (face in shadows), unidentified player, Fred Kohler and Ralph 'Buck' Bucko.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

At the reins is Bud McClure in the Johnny Mack Brown BOSS OF BULLION CITY (Universal, 1940).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above left to right in the front row are Buck Moulton w/ sixgun, Bud McClure next to him w/ sixgun, Carleton Young is in the center wearing coat and pointing, and on the right is Hobart 'Tex' Parker. From the Don Barry TWO GUN SHERIFF (Republic, 1941).






Jim Corey

Real name:
Arthur Harrison Corey

1889 - 1950

Appeared in at least 216 westerns and 22 serials.

Left is Jim Corey in a crop from a lobby card from LAND BEYOND THE LAW (Warners, 1937) starring Dick Foran (lobby card is shown below).




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Jim Corey, Foran and Harry Woods in a lobby card from LAND BEYOND THE LAW (Warners, 1937), one of the better entries in the Foran series thanks to the direction of B. Reeves 'Breezy' Eason. The rider on the far right is Henry Otho, one of the henchmen working for Woods.


Jim Corey was born in New York state, and was a frequent henchman and also did stunt work. His film career began in the silents and continued through the late 1940s.

Corey is relatively easy to spot - he's thin and has a well lined face ... he wore a big, tall hat ... and packed his six-shooter on the left side.

Corey passed away at the Los Angeles County General Hospital on March 26, 1950, the day after surgery for an abdominal aneurysm.

There is confusion with biographical info on our henchman/stuntman Jim Corey (such as the Internet Movie Database, which has now been corrected). The mixup was because of another Jim Corey who is also interred at Valhalla. In November/December, 2010, ye Old Corral webmaster communicated with Jane Ritchey (nee Corey), the grand daughter of James Warren Corey, Sr. Mr. Corey, Sr. was born in Long Pine, Nebraska in 1883, passed away January 10, 1956 in the Los Angeles area, and interred at Valhalla Cemetery. Old Corral contributor Lila Ashear was able to locate a January 12, 1956 obituary on Corey, Sr. which confirms his interment at Valhalla.

The Family Search website (free), California Death Records database, and the death certificate provide more on Corey:

  • 1930 census: 41 year old Jim Corey, 32 year old wife Sylvia, 10 year old son Clarence H., 5 year old daughter Jean M. and 4 year old daughter Alice J. are residing in the Los Angeles area: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XC83-3VT
  • 1940 census: 50 year old Jim Corey, 42 year old wife Sylvia, 20 year old son Clarence, 15 year old daughter Jean M. and 14 year old daughter Alice J. are residing in the Los Angeles area: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9HL-2L7
  • 1940 census takers worksheet: the Corey family is renting at 11446 Emelita Street in Los Angeles. His occupation is "actor-moving picture studio" and in 1939, he worked 52 weeks and earned $2000.00. Appears that the census taker made an error with that 11446 street number (see World War II draft registration below for the correct street address): https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27793-4756-24?cc=2000219&wc=MMYH-F6L:n1202708472
  • 1942 World War II draft registration: he lists his name as "(Jim) Arthur Corey" and home address is 11436 Emelita Street, North Hollywood; birth information is March 22, 1889 and Blackrock, New York; and his occupation is "guard work-various places": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16371-35424-1?cc=1861144&wc=MMRW-1VN:1060261052
  • Death certificate: 61 year old Arthur H. Corey passed away at the Los Angeles County General Hospital. He had surgery on March 25, 1950 for an abdominal aneurysm and passed away on March 26, 1950 from shock and hermorrhage. An autopsy was performed. Corey was born March 22, 1889 in New York to Nathan Corey and Margaret Ford. Occupation was "Actor-Motion Pictures"; he was divorced; not a military veteran; and home address was 5736 Ethel Avenue, Van Nuys, California. Informant was his son Clarence Corey. Corey is interred at Valhalla Cemetery.
  • I could find no record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), but there was a record in the California Death Records database for: Arthur H. Corey, born 3/22/1889 in New York, Mother's maiden name of Ford, and he passed away in the Los Angeles area on 3/26/1950.

  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Jim Corey: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0179789/

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website notes that Corey is interred at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10061627



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - Cliff 'Tex' Lyons (left) and Jim Corey (right) take a fall in Buck Jones' OUTLAWED GUNS (Universal, 1935).



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Tom Tyler slugs it out with veteran henchman and stuntman Jim Corey in a still from BROTHERS OF THE WEST (Victory, 1937).



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