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Fuzzy's costume.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above and below - Al 'Lash' LaRue and St. John weaing his "Fuzzy costume" - whiskers and beard, pushed up hat, baggy shirt and pants, and a well worn vest.


(Courtesy of Walter & Elaine Flanagan)


Al St. John's movie stats.
Al in westerns, shorts, other films. Have included his silent short and feature quantities. I've used the RELEASE dates (not filming dates) from the Internet Movie Database so the results may be a little skewed.
Total early films during 1913-1929 = 180.
Films during 1930-1952 = 154.
Total films in this chart = 334.
Years in which Al and Kenneth Harlan did their vaudeville tour are marked in red.
102 78   6
7
6
4
1
6
7
9
9
2
8
13
17
14
8
9
7
8
13
1913-
1919
1920-
1929
  1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948-
1952


St. John spent most of his screen time with these heroes and series:
Buster Crabbe 36 oaters for Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) during 1941-1946.
Lash LaRue 20 westerns at PRC and for producer Ron Ormond during 1947-1952.
George Houston 12 which includes 11 Lone Rider adventures at PRC during 1941-1942 plus Houston's earlier FRONTIER SCOUT (1938).
Bob Steele 9 westerns which includes 6 Billy the Kids for PRC in 1940-1941 as well as 3 earlier Steele oaters.
Fred Scott 7 Spectrum oaters during 1937-1938.
Bob Livingston 6 Lone Rider adventures at PRC during 1942-1943.
Don Barry 6 Republic oaters during 1940-1942.
William Boyd 3 Hopalong Cassidys in 1935-1936.
John Wayne 1 western and 1 non-western in 1933.
Various in the 1930s Tom Tyler (2); Bill Cody (1); Bob Custer (1); Rex Bell (1)


Al St. John Trivia.
Les Adams checked his database and has Al in 92 films in which he played "Fuzz" ... or "Fuzzy" ... or "Fuzzy Jones" ... or "Fuzzy Q. Jones". William Boyd was Hopalong Cassidy in 66 Hoppy adventures plus a guest appearance in THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. And Gene Autry portrayed "Gene Autry" in 88 of his 90 starring films for Mascot, Republic and Columbia (check the Autry filmography on the Old Corral).

St. John never appeared in a sound era serial.

And there were a few occasions when Al played a western movie no-good. Example: he's one of the rustlers working for brains heavy Harry Worth in the Hopalong Cassidy BAR 20 RIDES AGAIN (Paramount, 1935).


And more trivia.
On the right is a pressbook ad for FUZZY SETTLES DOWN (PRC, 1944) and you may be able to spot Buster vs. perpetual nemesis Charlie King.

In this one, St. John becomes the crusading owner of a local newspaper.

This adventure is unique in that it's the only B western to have the sidekick's name as part of the title.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)


Fuzzy Links

 Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Al 'Fuzzy' St. John: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0820607/

St. John worked in scores of (mostly) shorts with his uncle, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, who was the star and / or director: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0000779,nm0820607

Al worked with prolific director Sam Newfield on about 75 films during the years 1937 - 1946: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0820607,nm0627864

The Internet Archive has many films with Al St. John. There are silents with 'Fatty' Arbuckle (some featuring Buster Keaton) as well as Al doing B westerns: https://archive.org/details/moviesandfilms?and[]=%22al%20st.%20John%22#collection-date-archived

YouTube has an Al St. John collection which includes a St. John starring silent for Fox and Educational as well as a couple of clip compilations from his silents: https://www.youtube.com/user/AlFuzzyStJohn

Al has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/al-st-john/


Al's three wives:

There were three marriages:

Al's first was to Marion Lillian Ball (1891 - 1975) who had been previously married. Marion L. Hill and Al were married from 1914 - 1923 and daughter Mary Jane St. John was born October 9, 1918 in Los Angeles. There's a marriage license below.

Al's second wife was Yvonne June Villon (1901 - 1957; born France), and Al was her third husband. June Price Pearce married Al on July 6, 1926, and there's a marriage license below. They were together for over thirty years, through her death in 1957.

Al's third wife was Flo Bell Moore and they were together when he passed away in 1963.


Lots of battles with first wife Marion Lillian St. John over missing alimony and child support payments:


On the trail of Al 'Fuzzy' St. John:

The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), Social Security Death Index (SSDI), California Death Index, Newspaper Archive, trade publications, and newspapers have more on Al St. John and family.

St. John retired from film-making in the early 1950s, and then did frequent performances at theaters, 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 five years, and his death was in Lyons, Georgia (not the oft reported Vidalia, Georgia).

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)


More on Al's three wives and daughter Mary Jane:



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