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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.


Oscar Gahan

Real name:
John Harvey Gahan

1888-1958

in at least 157 westerns and 2 serials

In addition to playing various henchie roles, Oscar Gahan was often a member of various singing groups, including The Arizona Wranglers and The Range Riders.  You can read a little more about Gahan in the Singers-Musicians-Groups section on the Old Corral.


On the left is a crop of of Gahan and his fiddle from a photo with Jack Kirk, Glenn Strange, Cactus Mack McPeters and other members of one of the variations of the 'Arizona Wranglers' and 'Range Riders' singing groups.  Click HERE for the full photo.


  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Oscar Gahan: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0301104/

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: John Harvey Gahan, born August 20, 1888 in Canada and he passed away in the Los Angeles area on March 24, 1958.

The Family Search website has information on Oscar Gahan:



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Jack Perrin, Tom London, Roger Williams and Oscar Gahan in WILDCAT SAUNDERS (Atlantic, 1936).


(Courtesy of Ken Jones)

Above from L-to-R are Earl Dwire, Steve Clark, Tom Keene, Oscar Gahan, Charles B. Murphy (with badge) and Denver Dixon (Victor Adamson) in a scene from Keene's ROMANCE OF THE ROCKIES (Monogram, 1937).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Jack Randall is on the piano and behind him from L-to-R are Frank Hagney, unidentified player (black hat), Oscar Gahan, Chick Hannan/Hannon, unidentified blonde saloon gal, Archie Ricks, and an unidentifed tall galoot in a scene from RIDERS OF THE DAWN (Monogram, 1937), Randall's first starring oater. Hagney was a henchman working for Warner Richmond. The blonde actress doesn't appear to Peggy Keys, who was the heroine in this western.



(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above - Max Terhune as Lullaby Joslin warms up the bunkhouse trio during the wedding sequence in COME ON, COWBOYS ! (Republic, 1937), one of the Three Mesquiteers films.  Playing the fiddle is a hatless Oscar Gahan and the accordion player is Harley Luse, a regular musician in many of the Tex Ritter films for Grand National. The guitar player may be Charlie/Charley Sargent. This is one of the countless impromptu groups that are seen in the ol' B western.



(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) .



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