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It took several years to develop and fine tune his 'Fuzzy Q. Jones' screen persona that endeared him to many cowboy movie fans.

The 'Fuzzy' nickname originated during the Fred Scott singing oaters for Spectrum series in 1937 - 1938. Scuttlebutt was that they were trying to hire 'Fuzzy' Knight, but something happened and St. John was brought in for sidekick duties ... and he was given - or began using - the nickname of 'Fuzzy'.

Another bit of scuttlebutt about 'Fuzzy' - supposedly, when Buster Crabbe was getting ready to do his CAPTAIN GALLANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION TVer, he wanted 'Fuzzy' St. John as his helper.

Alan Williams e-mailed with more on that Al St. John vs. Fuzzy Knight in the CAPTAIN GALLANT question: "Buster was interviewed in that great book by Gary Grossman, Saturday Morning TV: Thirty Years of the Shows You Waited All Week to Watch (1988), and basically said that he had gotten his old pal Al an audition with the producers, but unfortunately had shown up after imbibing a little too much, as Al was known to do, and blew the audition. That's when they reached out to Fuzzy Knight to take his place. Buster really wanted Al for the role, but it just wasn't meant to be."

During the 1930s, Fuzzy was the trail pal to singing cowboy Fred Scott, Jack Randall, Rex Bell, Tex Ritter, Tom Tyler, a few others. At Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) in the 1940s, he became the very busy helper to Bob Steele (Billy the Kid), George Houston (Lone Rider), Bob Livingston (Lone Rider), Buster Crabbe (Billy the Kid/Billy Carson), and Lash LaRue. St. John also did six Republic sagebrushers that starred Don 'Red' Barry.

A common thread on Al's westerns is prolific director Sam Newfield. Sam and Al first connected circa 1937 in Jack Randall's series at Monogram, the Fred Scott group for Spectrum, and Johnny Mack Brown oaters from A. W. Hackel's Supreme company which were released by Republic. From 1937 - 1946, Al worked in nearly 75 films which were helmed by Newfield.

At Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), St. John did 42 Billy the Kids and Bill Carson oaters - there were six with Bob Steele followed by 36 with Buster Crabbe, and Newfield directed all. Al was also the sidekick to George Houston and Bob Livingston in all seventeen of the 1941 - 1943 Lone Rider adventures. Newfield directed sixteen of those.

His comedy bits and hijinks were plentiful and following are a few examples:

My favorite from Al's PRC days is HIS BROTHER'S GHOST (PRC, 1945). In that, he has dual roles as 'Andy Jones' and brother 'Jonathan 'Fuzzy' Jones'. Andy is killed and Fuzzy plays his ghost to scare gang members Karl Hackett, Charlie King, Archie Hall, and other familiar faces.

(From Old Corral collection)
Fuzzy tightens up the last knot on the well-tied Buster Crabbe In THE DRIFTER (PRC, 1944).

This is another of those "hero plays dual role" oaters, with Crabbe in his normal job as 'Billy Carson' as well as a baddie.

Naturally, poor ol' Fuzz gets confused and tries to restrain the evil 'Drifter' from mixing it up with his pal Billy ... but the 'Drifter' convinces Fuzzy that he's really Billy Carson ... got the plot?

When the Crabbe series ended in 1946, St. John saddled up with the bullwhip-cracking, black garbed, Al 'Lash' LaRue. LaRue had been featured in three of PRC's Eddie Dean Cinecolor westerns and had been given his own starring series at Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). Lash and St. John were together in 20 westerns released from 1947 - 1952.

Paul Dellinger authored the Old Corral biography on Lash, and included some LaRue comments on St. John:

Al's movie career was over when the LaRue series ended in 1952. Then he did personal appearances at theaters, circuses, fairs and rodeos and was often accompanied by wife June.

June passed away in 1957, and Al married Flo Bell Moore and they resided in Homosassa Springs, Florida.

Al was on tour with the Tommy Scott Wild West show and was scheduled for a personal appearance in Vidalia, Georgia. He passed away from a heart attack on January 21, 1963 at his motel / hotel in Lyons, Georgia. Obituary details on a later webpage.

Fuzzy arrives!

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above are Fred Scott and his saddle pal Al St. John (as 'Fuzzy') in a still from THE RANGER'S ROUNDUP (Spectrum, 1938). St. John was in seven of the Fred Scott oaters which were released during 1937 - 1938.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Art Jarrett (as 'Lucky'), Lee Powell (as 'Stormy') and Al St. John (as 'Fuzzy') in TRIGGER PALS (Grand National, 1939). This was to be the initial entry in a new trio western group, but the series was not continued because of financial difficulties at Grand National.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - the title lobby card for TRIGGER PALS (Grand National, 1939). Left to right are singer and band leader Art Jarrett (as 'Lucky'), Lee Powell (as 'Stormy') and Al St. John (as 'Fuzzy'). Note Powell's billing as LEE (Lone Ranger) POWELL.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above from L-to-R are Hal Price, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Frank Hagney and George Houston, as Tom Cameron, the 'Lone Rider', in a lobby card from THE LONE RIDER FIGHTS BACK (PRC, 1941).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, George Houston (atop trusty steed "Lightning)" and Dennis Moore. Crop from a lobby card from THE LONE RIDER IN CHEYENNE (PRC, 1942). Houston was on a paint horse in the earlier films.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the title lobby card from SHERIFF OF SAGE VALLEY (PRC, 1942) and centered is star Buster Crabbe on his palomino Falcon. Crabbe's saddle pals are Dave O'Brien (billed as Tex O'Brien) on the left and Al 'Fuzzy' St. John on the right.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Fuzzy St. John, I. Stanford Jolley, and stage driver Frank Ellis in a lobby card from BLAZING FRONTIER (PRC, 1943), one of the many Buster Crabbe oaters. Ol' Fuzz rode this horse during his Lone Rider and Crabbe films at PRC.

(Image courtesy of Carol Murray and her "Jack Hendricks Photo Album")

Jack Hendricks has 'Fuzzy' on his back while Kermit Maynard is restrained by Buster Crabbe (who is doing a bad Mexican bandit impersonation) in FRONTIER OUTLAWS (PRC, 1944). This film is chock full of boo boos and production sloppiness and is among the worst of Buster and Fuzzy's PRCs.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above from left to right are Jack Hendricks (AKA Ray Henderson), Buster Crabbe, Frank Ellis, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Ray Jones and Lorraine Miller in a still from BORDER BADMEN (PRC, 1945).

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Max Terhune's son Bob Terhune worked in Hollywood as an actor, but found his niche as a stuntman and double. Above - Bob is mixing it up with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John in one of the Lash LaRue range escapades of the late 1940s. Tracy Terhune (Bob's son) adds: "the film was OUTLAW COUNTRY and was 1949. By the way, it was my fathers first film, and he was billed as Max Terhune Jr. Throughout his stunt career, he went by Bob Terhune."

(From Old Corral collection)

In the late 1940s, Fuzzy and Lash were still working together in DEAD MAN'S GOLD (Western Adventure, 1948), and other films for producer Ron Ormond and his low-budget Western Adventure Production company. Their last film together was released in 1951.

(Courtesy of Larry Welch)

Above are Fuzzy St. John (now on a paint horse) and Lash LaRue in another lobby card from DEAD MAN'S GOLD (Western Adventure, 1948).

(From Old Corral collection)

Above - Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Lash LaRue battle it out with Archie Twitchell in a lobby card from THE VANISHING OUTPOST (Ron Ormand/Screen Guild, 1951).

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