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Above are Lucile Browne and her real life husband, James Flavin.
Lucile Browne

Full name: Lucile Ruth Browne

1907 - 1976


Lucile Browne was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1907. And the correct spelling of her first name is Lucile with one L, not Lucille.

She did some modeling and stage work before journeying to Hollywood and becoming a contract player at Fox, circa 1930.  During the 1930s, she did about ten westerns with George O'Brien, Bob Steele, Ken Maynard, Gene Autry, Tom Tyler, Johnny Mack Brown and John Wayne.

She is probably best remembered for heroine duties in six cliffhangers - DANGER ISLAND (Universal, 1931), BATTLING WITH BUFFALO BILL (Universal, 1931), AIRMAIL MYSTERY (Universal, 1932), THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (Mascot, 1932), MYSTERY SQUADRON (Mascot, 1933) and THE LAW OF THE WILD (Mascot, 1934).

She met and married actor James Flavin around 1932. Both Browne and Flavin passed away in 1976.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Lucile Browne: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0115043/

Daniel Neyer's "The Files of Jerry Blake" serial website has more on Lucile Browne doing cliffhangers: http://filesofjerryblake.com/serial-heroines/lucile-browne/

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Lucile Browne and James Flavin at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6602928

The Google newspaper archive has a September, 1930 article from the St. Petersburg Times (Florida) on Lucile Ruth Browne, popular local girl in Hollywood. There's mention that she graduated from St. Petersburg High School: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hbcwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0k0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6798,6013983&dq=lucile-browne&hl=en

1940 census - 33 year old Lucile B. Flavin (born Tennessee), 33 year old husband James Flavin (born Maine), and his 61 year old mother Katherine Flavin reside in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills Judicial Township, Los Angeles County, California: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K976-NX2
1940 census takers worksheet - the occupations of Lucile and James are Actor and Actress - Movie Studio. In 1939, he worked 19 weeks and earned $5000.00+. She reports zero work and income for 1939: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27791-14682-6?cc=2000219



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Above - heroine Lucile Browne and Tom Tyler as the hero of the serial, BATTLING WITH BUFFALO BILL (Universal, 1931).



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from left to right are William Desmond, Lucile Browne, Rex Bell and Yakima Canutt in a scene from the serial, BATTLING WITH BUFFALO BILL (Universal, 1931), which starred Tom Tyler.



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Above from L-to-R are Edward Hearn, J. Carrol Naish, Bob Steele and Lucile Browne in a scene from the cliffhanger, THE MYSTERY SQUADRON (Mascot, 1933).



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Above is a Chapter 12 poster from LAW OF THE WILD (Mascot, 1934) which starred Rex, King of the Wild Horses, Rin-Tin-Tin Jr., Bob Custer, cross-eyed Ben Turpin, and Lucile Browne.





 

Verna Hillie

1914 - 1997



Michigan born Verna Hillie only did about a dozen films, and is best remembered as the heroine to Ken Maynard in the cliffhanger MYSTERY MOUNTAIN (Mascot, 1934). She also did a couple of B westerns with John Wayne, THE TRAIL BEYOND (Lone Star/Monogram, 1934) and THE STAR PACKER (Lone Star/Monogram, 1934).

The story goes that her mother sent her photo to Paramount who was running a contest in search of a new face to portray the "Panther Woman" in ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932). Verna, along with three other starlet finalists, competed for the role (the three other actresses were Lona Andre, Gail Patrick and Kathleen Burke). Kathleen Burke won the part leaving Verna to find work in films such as the Maynard and Wayne sagebrush adventures. Then came a brief contract period at Universal, followed by some stage plays.

She married radio performer/writer Frank Gill Jr. in 1933 and the marriage lasted until 1952. In 1952, she married television executive and director Richard Linkroum, but that pairing ended in divorce. Pamela (Gill) Lincoln is the daughter of Verna and Frank Gill, was born in 1937, and did some 1960s and 1970s films and TV. Pamela was married to actor Darryl Hickman for over twenty years.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Verna Hillie: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0384978/

The Internet Broadway Database has one play listed for Verna Hillie - "Night of January 16" which ran from September, 1935 through April, 1936: http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=45179

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Pamela (Gill) Lincoln: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0511131/

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a page on Verna Hillie who passed away in Connecticut, but there is no information on her interment: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6691656

1940 census - 26 year old Verna Gill (born Michigan), 32 year old husband Frank Gill (born Illinois), 3 year old daughter Pamela (born California) and a nurse and cook reside in Los Angeles: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9CP-78H
1940 census takers worksheet - Frank Gill's occupation is "Writer - Radio", and in 1939, he worked 39 weeks and earned $5000.00. No occupation or earnings are listed for Verna: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27799-983-73?cc=2000219

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Above from L-to-R are Syd Saylor, Ken Maynard and Verna Hillie in a scene from the cliffhanger MYSTERY MOUNTAIN (Mascot, 1934).



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from L-to-R are Syd Saylor, Verna Hillie, Hal Taliaferro (Wally Wales), Ken Maynard, Jack Cheatham, Al Bridge and Jack Rockwell in the chapterplay, MYSTERY MOUNTAIN (Mascot, 1934). Bridge is in his typical position - getting a stern warning from the hero. This is somewhat typical of scene stills which are staged for the photographer. Thus, a photo is often different than what appears in the film. That's the case with this photo. This is from the beginning of Chapter 6 and Al Bridge is killed with a dart from the Rattler. While Taliaferro and Cheatham are in this still, they do not appear in the actual scene.





 

Caryl Lincoln

1903 - 1983



Caryl Lincoln, a 1929 WAMPAS Baby Star, was another actress whose career was brief, consisting of less than a dozen silent and early sound films from the late 1920s through the early 1930s. Her B western films were with Tom Mix, Bob Steele, Rex Bell, Bob Custer, Tim McCoy and Tom Tyler.

Caryl Lincoln was married to Barbara Stanwyck's brother and actor, Bert Stevens.


  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Caryl Lincoln and her husband Bert Stevens:
     Caryl Lincoln: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0511094/
     Malcolm Byron 'Bert' Stevens (1905 - 1964): http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0828260/

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Bert Stevens at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6688389

Bert Stevens was a familiar face on 1950s and 1960s television. On the Rifleman website, scroll down to the bottom of this webpage and there's an image of Bert Stevens: http://www.riflemanconnors.com/Doc_Burrage.htm

There's also a couple of images of Stevens on the Perry Mason website: http://www.perrymasontvseries.com/wiki/index.php/Main/UncreditedActors


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Above - Caryl Lincoln with Tom Tyler in WAR ON THE RANGE (Freuler/Monarch, 1933).



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is the title lobby card from the silent WILD WEST ROMANCE (Fox, 1928) with hero Rex Bell chatting with heroine Caryl Lincoln.



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Above from L-to-R are a youngish Al St. John (several years before he became 'Fuzzy' St. John), Caryl Lincoln and Bob Steele in the early talkie LAND OF MISSING MEN (Tiffany, 1930). Notice that Steele is packing a brace of pearl-handled six-shooters.



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