|(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)
|St. John spent most of his screen time with these heroes and series:|
||36 oaters for Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) during 1941-1946.
||20 westerns at PRC and for producer Ron Ormond during 1947-1952.
||12 which includes 11 Lone Rider adventures at PRC during 1941-1942 plus Houston's earlier FRONTIER SCOUT (1938).
||9 westerns which includes 6 Billy the Kids for PRC in 1940-1941 as well as 3 earlier Steele oaters.
||7 Spectrum oaters during 1937-1938.
||6 Lone Rider adventures at PRC during 1942-1943.
||6 Republic oaters during 1940-1942.
||3 Hopalong Cassidys in 1935-1936.
||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)
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:
- July 12, 1923 Variety: "Al St. John, comedian in Fox pictures, is the defendant in a divorce action. His wife charges him with cruelty and habitual intoxication."
- April 23, 1924 Variety: "After Lillian St. John had listened to her husband, Al St. John, the picture comedian, plead for a reduction of her weekly alimony of $137.50 and her chauffeur's salary of $150 monthly, also allowed by the court, Mrs. St. John stated she would dismiss the chauffeur and drive the car itself. This being satisfactory, the court proceedings were dismissed."
- June, 1924 Photoplay magazine: "Another celebrity who is pleading poverty is Al St. John. The screen funny man, through his lawyer, declares he is wasting away under the yoke of too much alimony - that he just can't pay $1500 per month to his divorced wife - and she declares she can't get along with less."
- July 6, 1927 Variety: "Al St. John surrendered to the sheriffs office when informed a warrant had been issued for his arrest by a San Diego court. The warrant charged him with failure to support a minor child. The child is a five-year-old daughter, now in the custody of its mother, Mrs. Lillian St. John, who obtained a divorce in 1923 on charges of crulty. She was awarded $150 monthly alimony. St. John was released on $500 bail. The screen comedian was married to June Price Pierce in July, 1926. He was preparing to leave for Europe with Roscoe Arbuckle when the warrant was issued."
- September 4, 1929 Variety: "Al St. John, film comic, was given a indefinite sentence to the county road gang by Superior Court Judge Burnell. Court held that the comedian was guilty of contempt by his continuous ignoring of the order that he pay alimony to his former wife, Lillian St. John."
- September 11, 1929 Variety: "Al St. John, film comedian, must serve with the County road gang until he has earned $1642 alimony alleged due his former wife, Mrs. Lillian St. John."
- April 23, 1930 Variety: "Al St. John, comedian, ordered to pay his wife $530 back alimony within two weeks or do a stretch."
- August 27, 1930 Variety: "Al St. John was up for alimony again. His ex-wife's attorney said 'We'd rather see this man work than go to jail.' Al said he has a number of jobs 'coming up.' Continued three weeks."
- October, 1930 Motion Picture News: "Al St. John is reported in a jam for $1,400 in arrears on alimony ..."
- May, 1931 Silver Screen magazine: "Al St. John, screen comedian, had just ten cents in his pocket when a judge asked him to pay $60 back alimony ..."
- April 1, 1936 Variety: "Al St. John, film comedian, arrested on year-old warrant charging non-support of 17-year-old daughter."
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.
- 1900 census summary and census takers worksheet - living in San Jose Township, Pamona city Ward 5, Los Angeles are 49 year old Walter St. John (born Ohio; occupation "Farm Laborer"), his 29 year old wife Nora N. (born Indiana) and their 8 year old son Alfred: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9PL-RJQ
- 1910 census summary and census takers worksheet - living in Los Angeles are 58 year old Walter St. John (born Ohio; occupation "Contractor - House Builder"), his 39 year old wife Nora N. (born Indiana) and their 17 year old son Alfred (born California; occupation "Actor - Theater"): https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVL3-X5H
- October 5, 1914 marriage license of 22 year old Alfred St. John (born California; occupation "Actor") and 22 year old Marion L. Hill (born Minnesota) in Los Angeles. His parents were Walter St. John and Nora Arbuckel [sic]; her parents were E. J. Ball and L. M. Allen. His first marriage and her second, and her maiden name was Marion L. Ball: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K88M-XH7
- World War I draft registration dated May 6, 1917 in New York City - 24 year old Alfred St. John was born September 10, 1892 in Santa Anna [sic], California. He's married; living on West 47th Street in New York City; and occupation was "Actor", working for the Comique Film Co. (which was Arbuckle's company). Al also listed three years of military service as a Private - 7 Regt.: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6JC-BD5
- California Birth Index for Mary Jane St. John, born October 9, 1918 in Los Angeles, and mother's maiden name was Ball: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGHW-CSS
- 1920 census summary and census takers worksheet - renting in Los Angeles are 27 year old Alfred St. John (born California), his 27 year old wife Marion (born Minnesota), their one year old daughter Mary Jane (born California), and a cook and butler. Al's occupation is "Actor - Motion Pictures": https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHQV-HQW
- June 28, 1926 marriage license of 33 year old Alfred St. John (born California; occupation "Motion Pictures") and 29 year old June Price Pearce (born France) in Los Angeles. Charles Roscoe Arbuckle was a witness. Second marriage for him and third marriage for her, and her maiden name was June Villon. His parents were Walter St. John and Nora Arbuckle. Her parents were Joseph Villon (born France) and Helen McAllespie (born France):
- 1930 census summary and census takers worksheet - 37 year old son Alfred (born California; occupation "Actor - Motion Pictures") and his 33 year old wife Yevone [sic] (born France; and this is Yvonne June Villon Price Pearce St. John) are living at 4418 Greenleaf Street, Los Angeles with Al's parents, 78 year old Walter St. John (born Ohio), his 58 year old wife Nora N. (born Indiana), and 10 year old grandson Raymond B. Price (born Pennsylvania). Al was not a military veteran: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XC8Q-2QB
- 1930 census summary and census takers worksheet for Al's ex-wife Marion and daughter Mary J. who are living in Los Angeles. 39 year old Marion L. St. John (born Minnesota) and 11 year old daughter Mary J. (born California) are renting in Los Angeles. Marion is divorced and no occupation is listed: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCV4-8WH
- 1942 World War II draft registration for 49 year old Alfred St. John. He was born September 10, 1892 in Santa Anna [sic], California, and he and wife June reside at 107 North Swall Drive in Los Angeles. His employer is Producers Pictures Inc. (Producers Pictures Inc. was an early name of the film company that would become Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC).). He's 5' 8" tall and 140 pounds: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16385-65950-5?cc=1861144&wc=MMRW-1TJ:n1139734133
- Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Al St John, born September 10, 1892 in California, and passed away in January, 1963: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V3LF-FNG
- Ancestry.com had the Georgia Death Index - 70 year old Alfred St John passed away on January 21, 1963 in Toombs County, Georgia. His residence was Paulding County, Georgia.
|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:
- California Death Index for Mary Jane Loyle, born October 9, 1918 in California, father's name was St John, mother's maiden name was Ball, and she passed away May 5, 1994 in Orange County, California: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPS2-DVN
- California Death Index for Al's second wife, Yvonne June StJohn. She was born June 1, 1901 in other country, father's last name of Villon, and she passed away in the Los Angeles area on September 17, 1957: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPC1-MC4
- California Death Index and Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Al's first wife, Marion St John. She was born March 14, 1891 in Minnesota, and she passed away September 27, 1975 in Orange County, California. SSDI has her death date as October, 1975:
- September, 1974 article and photo of Fuzzy's last wife Flo at the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times newspaper website: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TSUxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UXkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6669,456690&dq=al+fuzzy+st+john&hl=en
- June, 1969 article in the Ocala, Florida Star-Banner newspaper about Flo's charitable work: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6T0xAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_wUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7273,7408506&dq=al+fuzzy+st+john&hl=en