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Frank's brother Ernie, who was born in 1920, provided some additional details about Frank, brother Lou, and the Yaconelli family:


(Courtesy of the Yaconelli Family)
"Frank and Lou did about 7 or 8 movies, under Tec-art Studios from about 1920-21 until talkies came in. Frank directed and Lou starred as "Earl Douglas". Frank was in vaudeville with Nick Moro, sometimes in a Fanchon and Marco revue and sometimes the duo did shows on their own. Nick was a fine guitarist, a good actor, and he and Frank made a good team. Another brother and myself stayed away from the business. We had a lot of visitors in the 1920s: Louis Wolheim, Rex Lease, William Boyd (while married to Elinor Fair and before he became Hopalong). Zachary Yaconelli was a cousin. He was a fine linguist, speaking Italian, (of course), Portuguese, Hebrew, and Spanish. In fact, he was an interpreter for Carmen Miranda.

Frank's lovely wife's name was Inez. A striking beauty, which beauty she maintained until she passed on, two years ago. They had one son, Jules Philippe. He is in the computer industry.

Frank was born in Italy, as our parents, Carlo and Anna, were street musicians. He must have been born the same year they came to this country in 1898. There were eleven children born in the USA, but only six survived childhood, and six of us grew up as a family.  The six children, in order of their birth: Frank, Lou, Rose, Marie, Tony, and me. I am the last of twelve, and, also the only survivor, at 82.

Frank was old enough to join the Army, and served overseas 18 months in WW1.  His enlistment made him an automatic citizen. He tried to re-enlist in 1942, but failing that, he toured the bases with the USO.

His restaurant was called "Yaconelli's".

Frank did some painting --- but not for sale. His son was very generous in sending me one, which I treasure, and have hanging on my wall."



(Courtesy of the Yaconelli Family)

Above are Frank's wife and son, Inez (nicknamed 'Mimi') and Philippe.


(Courtesy of the Yaconelli Family)

A great shot of a smiling Frank proudly pointing the way to his restaurant located on 371 North Western Avenue in Los Angeles, circa 1958.  Serving Italian food ... what else?  Yaconelli's opened for business around 1950.




(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Lou Yaconelli

On the left is a pressbook ad showing hero Tom Keene vs. Lou Yaconelli.

Lou's Hollywood name was most often 'Earl Douglas', and Les Adams has him identified in 20 westerns, seven serials, eight features and one short ... and the list is growing.

Les adds: Lou is credited in the pressbook and the film's cast sheet in THE DRIFTIN' KID as Lou Yaconelli, and also on MGM's call sheet for ROBIN HOOD OF ELDORADO as Lou Yaconelli. I've only seen him as 'Earle Douglas' once in THE BROKEN COIN in which he had the lead role, and the rest of the time as 'Earl Douglas'.


One of Lou's better roles was as 'Lazarre' in the Frankie Thomas chapterplay TIM TYLER'S LUCK (Universal, 1937). In checking his film appearances, it looks like he did some circa 1941 releases and then disappeared from the Hollywood scene.  Ernie solved that mystery for us:

"My brother Lou entered the Naval Reserve in '39 or 40 as a cameraman. And he was given the rank of Chief Petty Officer before the war began. He was called into active duty and served in the Alaska theatre. One of his pictures appeared in Life magazine with a group of pictures labelled "The Navy picks its best battle photos". He later served in Guadalcanal. When the war ended, he was assigned to making training films. He would go to a carrier or battleship and shoot the material wanted, fly back to Hollywood, edit and narrate the film, and send it on to headquarters for distribution. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Lt. Commander."



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