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Click HERE for Mark Hall's 1973 interview with Dave Sharpe.

YouTube has a great 4 1/2 minute tribute to a very young Dave Sharpe during his early film work in "The Boyfriends" series for producer Hal Roach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCF3DQNU29w

May 15, 2012: had some e-mail addresses for stuntman Dave Sharpe's relatives, but those are from years ago and are no longer valid. Does anyone have info or e-mail addresses on Dave Sharpe's relatives? If so, please shoot the Old Corral webmaster an e-mail.



(Above pressbook ad courtesy of Les Adams)

SOCIAL ERROR was released in 1935, and was one of several films that Sharpe did for producer William Berke.  Note Sharpe's billing as the more formal 'David Sharpe'.
Once upon a time in Hollywoodland, there was a stuntman named David Hardin Sharpe.

Fondly remembered as the "Crown Prince of Daredevils" for his astounding stunt work in serials such as Republic's CAPTAIN MARVEL, KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED, ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER and KING OF THE TEXAS RANGERS, Dave Sharpe enjoyed modest success as a supporting performer and occasional hero in B westerns and chapterplays.

A native of St. Louis, Dave migrated to Los Angeles at an early age and, by his teens was a highly proficient tumbler and acrobat representing the Los Angeles Sports Club in amateur competition. In 1925 and 1926, Sharpe won the A.A.U. Tumbling Championships.

Playing kid and teenager roles in silents and early talkies, including the "Boy Friends" series for producer Hal Roach, Dave picked up valuable experience.

With his natural athletic abilities, good looks and equestrian talents, Sharpe did some nice work in 1930s westerns such as: portraying THE IDAHO KID (Colony, 1936) in an oater starring Rex Bell; he helped Bob Steele in DOOMED AT SUNDOWN (A.W. Hackel/Republic, 1937); and Sharpe had a small role in WYOMING OUTLAW (Republic, 1939), a John Wayne/Three Mesquiteers saga more noted for the emergence of Don Barry as the titled outlaw. In the finale of WYOMING OUTLAW, Sharpe is the one who shoots Don Barry with a Winchester.



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Above from L-to-R are: Micky Daniels, Mary Kornman, Grady Sutton, Dorothy Granger, David Sharpe and Gertrude Messinger in THE BOY FRIENDS, a series Dave did for Hal Roach.  Messinger was once married to Sharpe.  Click HERE for a photo of Messinger with Bill Cody in a scene from BLAZING JUSTICE (Spectrum, 1936).  Kornman was part of the Our Gang/Little Rascals.


(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above, Jack Perrin, Braveheart, and a very young Dave Sharpe before his stuntman days at Republic, in GUN GRIT (Atlantic, 1936), one of the 'Blue Ribbon' westerns co-produced by Perrin with William Berke.  Sharpe was in his middle twenties when he did this film.





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Above, Sharpe is on the far left with his arm wrapped around perpetual baddie Charlie King, while star Rex Bell has a neck lock on an unidentified player in this 1936 Colony oater.


(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are an unidentified bartender (possibly Charles Kemper), Warner Richmond, Steve Clark, James Mason, Sharpe, Archie Ricks and Bud Osborne in a scene from the Tom Keene oater, WHERE TRAILS DIVIDE (Monogram, 1937). This is a good one with lawyer Keene finding his brother - portrayed by the youthful Dave Sharpe - working in a gang run by Warner Richmond.



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