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St. John retired from film-making in the early 1950s, and then did frequent performances at circuses, fairs and rodeos.  He passed away on January 21, 1963 from a heart attack while working with the Tommy Scott Wild West show.

Bill Russell, in his March, 2001 Western Revue magazine, included an interview with Doc Tommy Scott - St. John worked on the show for about 5 years, and his death was in Lyons, Georgia (not the oft reported Vidalia, Georgia).

Quote from a January 22, 1963 newspaper article: "LYONS, Ga. - A trouper till the last, Al St. John, the comical Fuzzy Q. Jones of Western movies, died of a heart attack yesterday in the arms of his wife, Flo-Bell Moore. St. John, 70, was stricken at his hotel as he awaited a personal appearance with his wife last night in nearby Vidalia."

Excerpts from another January 22, 1963 newspaper article: "LYONS, Ga. - Private services will be held ... died of a heart attack Monday in a motel room ... St. John's body was to be cremated ... and the ashes deposited at his Double F Ranch at Homosassa Springs, Fla."

(Courtesy of Les Adams)



(From Old Corral image 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' Fuzzy gets confused and tries to restrain the evil 'Drifter' from mixing it up with his pal Billy ... but the 'Drifter' convinces Fuzz that he's really Billy Carson ... got the plot?



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

Above - the grounded and roped Jack Hendricks is aided by Al St. John and Tom Tyler in TRIGGER TOM (Reliable, 1935). Note the zipper on Tyler's shirt.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Rex Bell and Al St. John, as sidekick "Walla Walla Wiggins", guard the trail in this scene from WEST OF NEVADA (Colony, 1936).



(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. This was the initial entry in a new trio western group, but the series was not continued because of financial difficulties at Grand National.



(From Old Corral image 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 Fuzzy St. John, I. Stanford Jolley, and stage driver Frank Ellis in a lobby card from BLAZING FRONTIER (PRC, 1943), one of the Buster Crabbe oaters. Ol' Fuzz rode this horse during his Lone Rider and Crabbe films for PRC.



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).



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