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On the trail of George Duryea, Tom Keene, Richard Powers,
his parents, and his brother, James Albert Duryea


Last updated: September 19, 2015,
and I'm still working on this, so consider it in draft mode.

The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), various newspapers, the California Death Index, the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), and the death certificate provide more information on George Duryea/Tom Keene/Richard Powers. I've also included information on his brother James Albert Duryea, and parents James and Mary Duryea.

Some Keene biographies have him born in Rochester, New York, and that's a mistake. Some biographies also mention Oakland, New York. His parents passed away when Keene was a youngster, and he may have lived for a time in Oakland with family or friends.

Many Hollywood biographies list his birth location as Smoky/Smokey Hollow, New York. And in the newspaper articles below, there are mentions of Castile, Gibsonville, Big Bend, Swift Hill, Nunda, Black Creek, Tuttle farm near Smoky Hollow, and a few other names. Mass confusion here - several of these are areas, not towns or villages, and are now in Letchworth Park which is located in Livingston and Wyoming counties in New York: http://www.letchworthparkhistory.com/vernacular.html

On the 1927 ship's passenger list and World War II draft registration, Keene reported his birth location as Perry, Wyoming County, New York. Various newspapers seem to confirm Perry. I've highlighted Perry and Wyoming County in the text below.

Wikepedia has Perry, New York located in Wyoming County, New York: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry,_New_York
Wikepedia has Castile, New York located in Wyoming County, New York: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Castile,_New_York
Wikipedia info on Wyoming County, New York: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_County,_New_York


George Duryea, Tom Keene, Richard Powers
  • The census taker recorded the last name of the Duryea family as "Duyrea" and that spelling error has carried over to the digital records at Family Search and Ancestry.com:
    1900 census - 65 year old James Duyrea [sic] (born New York), his 36 year old wife Mary (born New York), 9 year old son Albert (born New York), 4 year old son George (born New York), and 21 year old Edward Shields, who is listed as a servant. Ancestry has their location as Castile, Wyoming County, New York. Family Search has Castile Township (excl. Castile village), Perry village (part), Wyoming County, New York: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSPC-Y3K
    1900 census takers worksheet - James Duyrea [sic] (occupation "farmer") and wife Mary have been married for 11 years; two children have been born and both are living. Son Albert is at school and was born in 1891; son George is three years old and born December, 1896. Servant Edward Shields' occupation is "Farm laborer" (which makes more sense than servant). The family is renting and the property is listed as a "Farm": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12823-9289-21?cc=1325221 and https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12823-7798-11?cc=1325221
  • World War I draft registration dated September 21, 1918 - 20 year old George Duryea was born December 30, 1897 but birth place is not listed. He's in Seattle, Washington; occupation is "Shipfitter" for the Skinner and Eddy Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, Washington; and his contact is brother James Albert Duryea, 212 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, New York: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-26280-25195-38?cc=1968530
  • The May 26, 1926 issue of Variety had a lengthy article on tours of the play "Abie's Irish Rose". Excerpt: "The company for Australia has been formed and will sail from San Francisco June 8 on the 'Sierra.' The show will open at Melbourne July 5. It is expected to remain about two years. The players have been given contracts guaranteeing them 48 weeks out of 52 ..."
    Cast members listed in the article included Grace Stafford and George Duryea ... as well as Bertha Waldren, David Wall, John McCabe and several others. All five of those names are on the 1927 ship's passenger list noted below.
  • Ancestry had 1927 ship's passenger listings from Sydney, New South Wales to Vancouver, British Columbia: 31 year old George Duryea was born December 30, 1896 in Perry, New York. On the listing above Duryea's name is 21 year old Grace Boyle (the real name of actress Grace Stafford who would become Mrs. Keene) and she was born in Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1930 census: 28 year old George V. Duryea (born New York) and his 23 year old wife Grace T. (born New York) are living in Los Angeles: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCJ1-YYP
    Ancestry had the 1930 census takers worksheet - they are renting at 1955 North Argyle Avenue, Los Angeles. He reports "No" to the are you a military veteran question. His occupation is "Actor - Motion Pictures" and Grace's occupation is "Actress - Stage".
  • Ancestry had the 1932 Los Angeles City Directory: George Duryea (actor) lives at 1955 Argyle Avenue.
  • Ancestry had the 1932 and 1934 Los Angeles Voters Registration: George Duryea and Mrs. Grace T. Duryea live at 6650 Franklin Avenue.
  • Ancestry had the 1936 Los Angeles Voters Registration: George Duryea (actor) and Mrs. Grace T. Duryea (actress) live at 10960 Strathmore Drive.
  • March-August, 1939 issues of the Van Nuys (California) News had stories and photos about Keene becoming the Honorary Mayor of Sherman Oaks, California.
  • March, 1940 newspapers reported that "Grace Stafford, film actress, obtained a divorce in Los Angeles court from Tom Keene, screen cowboy."
  • World War II draft registration - 45 year old George Duryea, alias Tom Keene, was born December 30, 1896 in Wyoming County, New York. Home address is 6650 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles; contact is Willia Mae Carson at that same address; and employer is Monogram Studios. He signed the registration as "George Duryea (Tom Keene)": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16389-57832-43?cc=1861144
  • Ancestry had the 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1950, and 1952 Los Angeles Voters Registration: George Duryea is living at 6650 Franklin Avenue.
  • Various newspapers had death notices and funeral/obituaries on Keene. Survivors included wife Florence and a stepson, Robert Lee Ramsey.
  • Death certificate: 66 year old Tom Keene, AKA Richard Powers, passed away on August 4, 1963 at the Motion Picture Hospital, Woodland Hills, California. Cause of death was prostate cancer of eight months duration. He was born December 30, 1896 in New York; his wife Florence R. Keene was the death certificate informant; they lived at 1799 Correa Way, Los Angeles; his parents are listed as unknown; his occupation was "Owner - Tomkeene Ins. Agency". Funeral director and burial location was Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
  • You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral, and the California Death Index which mirrors the death certificate: Tom Keene, born 12/30/1896, and he passed away on 8/4/1963. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Tom Keene at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10030208

A larger image of the grave marker is at the Beneath Los Angeles website: http://www.beneathlosangeles.com/cgi/page.cgi?g=Detailed/426.html&ID=426

Notice that Keene's home address on the 1932, 1934 and 1940-1952 Los Angeles voters registrations was 6650 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles. Wikipedia has info on the Montecito Apartments, 6650 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles which was the home of many Hollywood personalities: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montecito_Apartments

Trade paper and Hollywood fan magazine mentions of George Duryea:

  • January 14, 1925 issue of Variety: notes that George Duryea has been hired for the Boston company of the 'White Cargo' play.
  • November 30, 1927 issue of Film Daily: Headline: "De Mille Signs Duryea for 'The Godless Girl'." Article excerpt: "George Duryea, who played the role of Abie in 'Abie's Irish Rose,' has been signed by De Mille for the male lead in 'The Godless Girl'. His only previous screen work was for Educational ..."
  • May 12, 1928 issue of Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World: "Pathe announces that long-term contracts have been signed with Lina Basquette and George Duryea."
  • The "Hollywood Highlights" column in the August, 1928 Picture Play Magazine noted some Hollywood personalities who were engaged to be married including George Duryea, leading man of "The Godless Girl", and Grace Stafford, stage actress.
  • October 24, 1928 issue of Variety: "George Duryea has completed his contract with Pathe and will free lance."
  • July, 1930 Screenland magazine notes that "George Duryea ... dashes from Culver City to the El Capitan in Hollywood where Grace Stafford, his wife, is appearing in the stage play, 'Broken Dishes.'"
  • September 10, 1930 Film Daily: "George Duryea, who has been engaged by Columbia to play the 'brother' role in 'Tol'able David,' is in Santa Cruz, filming scenes for the picture. He is enacting the highly sympathetic part created by Warner Richmond in the original version."
  • August, 1933 Hollywood column by Harriet Parsons: "George Duryea, whose name was changed to Tom Keene when it was decided to build him as a cowboy star, has bought up his contract and is leaving Hollywood and the movies. Feels there isn't any future for him in westerns, so he'll go to Skowhegan, Maine, to gain experience with the verra famous stock company there."
  • September, 1934 issue of Modern Screen magazine had a lengthy article on Keene titled "DO HARDSHIPS HELP A FELLOW ?" and his answer was "YES". Quote from the article about his childhood: "Tom was born in a one-room shack in Perry, New York, and the family was desperately poor. He lost his mother when he was five and his father a year later. The two orphans, Tom and his elder brother, were taken by two aunts to be raised, the brother going to live with Tom's favorite aunt."
  • The February 10, 1943 issue of Variety had an explanation on Keene's name change to Richard Powers. Article excerpts: "Play from the Coast, 'The Barber Had Two Sons' which opened at the Playhouse, N. Y. last week ..."; "The Richard Powers, liked by critics in 'Barber', is Tom Keene, former cowboy star in pictures. Feeling that the broad differential between the Broadway stage and the open range might reach to the drama's disadvantage, coauthor and bankroller James Hogan, film director, decided to borrow a stage name from one of his friends, Richard Powers, ASCAP's western division head."

New York newspaper mentions about George Duryea/Tom Keene:

  • May 12, 1932 Perry (New York) Record newspaper: Headline: "MOVIE STAR WAS BORN IN PERRY. Tom Keene Visited Relatives Here This Week. NOW STARRING IN WESTERNS." Article excerpts: "He was born in Perry on the Tuttle farm near Smoky Hollow, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Duryea. His parents died when he was about 5 years old, and he spent his boyhood in this section, living in Nunda, Oakland and Black Creek before going to New York to see a career on the stage."
  • June 1, 1933 The Cuba (New York) Patriot and Free Press newspaper had a lengthy, front page article: Headline: "Present Movie Star Pays Visit to Cuba; Was Chore Boy Here"; Article excerpts: "Tom Keene ... paid a surprise visit to Cuba (New York) last Saturday. He stopped at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Snyder and rang the doorbell. Mrs. Snyder answered the bell ... recognized the voice - that of George Duryea, who as a lad between 13 and 16 has been chore boy on their farm on Swift Hill and made his home with them. On Nov. 4, 1918, he wrote from Seattle, Wash., that he was working as a ship fitter in a shipyard and his only brother had joined the Navy."
  • June 8, 1933 The Cuba (New York) Patriot and Free Press newspaper: "Twelve members of the family of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Snyder will be guests of the New Peerless Theater tonight. The occasion is the showing of ... 'The Cheyenne Kid' starring Tom Keene ... Keene, as a lad of 13 worked on the Snyder farm on Swift Hill. his real name is George Duryea and as such he is known to hundreds of Cuba people."
  • December 7, 1933 Genesee County (New York) Express and Advertiser newspaper: "Last week Tom Keene, whose real name is George Duryea, appeared at our theater in 'Cross Fire.' Tom and his brother Albert were born in Gibsonville but his parents at one time resided in Big Bend on the place of the late Joseph Newville. While young children they were left orphans and for a time lived with Arthur Chase in Big Bend. Tom has become a famous movie star and his brother Albert has been in Navy service ..."
  • October 2, 1936 Nunda (New York) News: "Mrs. Edna Chase left today for Hollywood, where she will visit George Duryea (Tom Keene) and his wife Grace Stafford."
  • August 18, 1937 Dansville (New York) Breeze newspaper: "Tom Keene (George Duryea) Hollywood star, was in Nunda (New York) last week while visiting his relatives in Perry. Tom lived with Mrs. Edna Chase in the Big Bend when a boy and visited his old home there."
  • February 2, 1939 The Cuba (New York) Patriot and Free Press newspaper: "Of special interest to local patrons of the (Peerless) theater will be the starring tomorrow night of Tom Keene in 'Raw Timber.' Keene, whose real name is George Duryea, when about 16 years old lived with and worked for Will Snyder on his Swift Hill Farm. He left there for Olean, where he worked for a short time before he went to New York and later to Seattle, Wash. Duryea became of member of the cast of 'Abie's Irish Rose' road show, married the leading lady and after a tour of Australia was picked up by Cecil deMille and became a 'cowboy.' "
  • November 27, 1941 The Cuba (New York) Patriot and Free Press newspaper: "Tom Keene, movie actor, who as a boy, George Duryea, worked on the Swift Hill farm of Mr. and Mrs. Will Snyder, paid a surprise visit to Mr. Snyder ... Keene had been on a business trip to New York and was returning to Hollywood ..."

His parents, James and Mary Duryea:
  • 1890 census is unavailable - it was lost in a 1921 fire (and water damage) at the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C.
  • 1900 census - the census taker recorded the last name of the Duryea family as "Duyrea" and that spelling error has carried over to the digital records at Family Search and Ancestry.com:
    1900 census - 65 year old James Duyrea [sic] (born New York), his 36 year old wife Mary (born New York), 9 year old son Albert (born New York), 4 year old son George (born New York), and a servant. Ancestry has their location as Castile, Wyoming County, New York. Family Search has Castile Township (excl. Castile village), Perry village (part), Wyoming County, New York: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSPC-Y3K
    1900 census takers worksheet - James Duyrea [sic] (occupation "farmer") and wife Mary have been married for 11 years; two children have been born and both are living. Son Albert is at school and was born in 1891; son George is three years old and born December, 1896. Servant Edward Shields' occupation is "Farm laborer". The family is renting and the property is listed as "Farm": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12823-9289-21?cc=1325221 and https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12823-7798-11?cc=1325221
  • October 5, 1904 Wyoming (New York) County Times newspaper: "It is currently reported ... that Mr. James Duryea, formerly of Perry, died last week and was buried at Genesee (New York)."

His brother, James Albert Duryea (1891-1934):
  • The census taker recorded the last name of the Duryea family as "Duyrea" and that spelling error has carried over to the digital records at Family Search and Ancestry.com:
    1900 census - 65 year old James Duyrea [sic] (born New York), his 36 year old wife Mary (born New York), 9 year old son Albert (born New York), 4 year old son George (born New York), and a servant. Ancestry has their location as Castile, Wyoming County, New York. Family Search has Castile Township (excl. Castile village), Perry village (part), Wyoming County, New York: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSPC-Y3K
    1900 census takers worksheet - James Duyrea [sic] (occupation "farmer") and wife Mary have been married for 11 years; two children have been born and both are living. Son Albert is at school and was born in 1891; son George is three years old and born December, 1896. Servant Edward Shields' occupation is "Farm laborer". The family is renting and the property is listed as "Farm": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12823-9289-21?cc=1325221 and https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12823-7798-11?cc=1325221
  • Ancestry had Abstracts of World War I Military Service for Ensign James Albert Duryea, born November 1, 1891 in Perry, New York. His home address was 212 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1920 census - 27 year old Ensign James A. Duryea (born New York; married) is a member of the crew assigned to the USS Breckinridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SP8R-JY3
    Ancestry had the 1920 census takers worksheet dated January 1, 1920 for the crew of the USS Breckinridge - Ensign James A. Duryea's home address is 212 Kingsland, Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1920 census - 28 year old James Duryea (born New York) and his 25 year old wife Jeannette (born Poland) live in Brooklyn, New York: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJRW-DZM
    Ancestry had the 1920 census takers worksheet dated January 3, 1920 - the Duryeas are among many families renting at 212 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. James Duryea is an "Ensign - US Navy".
  • 1930 census - 38 year old James A. Duryea (born New York; married) is living in Richmond, New York: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X45G-LVZ
    Ancestry had the 1930 census takers worksheet - James Duryea is at the U. S. Marine Hospital, Richmond, New York. He is married; occupation is "3rd Mate - Marine"; and he was a World War I veteran.
  • April 11, 1934 Perry (New York) Herald newspaper on the death of James Albert Duryea: "Mr. Duryea was born on the Reservation in the town of Castile and while a child his parents died. He made his boyhood home with Mrs. Edna Chase ..."
  • April 12, 1934 Perry (New York) Record newspaper on the death of James Albert Duryea: "James Albert Duryea ... came here ... to visit his aunt, Mrs. Edna Chase ... was found dead in bed last Saturday morning by Mrs. Chase, due to a sudden heart attack. His age was 42 years. He was born in the town of Castile, a few miles from this village, one of two sons of James and Mary Duryea. ... served in the U. S. Navy and was a retired Captain, being employed by the International Merchant Marine at the time of his death. His nearest relatives are his brother in Hollywood, Cal., a star acting in the movies under the name of 'Tom Keene', now working in a King Vidor production, and by his aunt, Mrs. Chase."
  • April 18, 1934 Mt. Morris (New York) Enterprise newspaper: "James Albert Duryea, 43, brother of Tom Keene, the well known motion picture actor, was buried with Masonic honors in Oakwood cemetery, Nunda (New York), last week Tuesday afternoon. For several years Mr. Duryea lived with Arthur Chase at Big Bend and joined the U. S. Navy when 16 years of age."
  • The Nunda, New York Historical society has a listing of military veterans interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Nunda, New York. Listed is Captain James A. Duryea (1891-1934), Navy, World War I: http://www.nundahistory.org/oakwoodvets.html

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has Captain James A. Duryea interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Nunda, Livingston County, New York: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126000183

George and James Albert Duryea's aunt, Edna Chase
  • 1900 census - 33 year old Arthur Chase (born New York), his 28 year old wife Edna (born New York), and their two year old daughter Edna A. (born New York) are living in Portage Township, Livingston County, New York: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSNB-LJT
    1900 census takers worksheet - Albert (born about 1867) and Edna (born about 1872) have been married for four years and one child was born. Albert's occupation is "Farmer". Their home is owned, free of mortgage and is a farm.
  • 1910 census - living in Portage, Livingston County, New York are 44 year old J. Arthur Chase (born New York), his 37 year old wife Ethelyn [sic] A. Chase (born New York), 11 year old daughter Edna A. (born New York), 8 year old daughter Marion M. (born New York) and 4 year old daughter Mildred A. (born New York): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5WH-DHX
    Ancestry had the 1910 census takers worksheet - the Chase's have been married for 13 years and had 3 children born and all 3 children are living. Arthur's occupation is "Farmer". Their home is owned, with a mortgage and is a farm.
  • 1920 census - livng in Buffalo, Erie County, New York are 44 year old Edna A. Chase (born New York; widowed), her 21 year old daughter Edna (born New York), 18 year old daughter Marion (born New York) and 12 year old daughter Alice (born New York): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJLS-GWQ
  • April 28, 1950 Nunda (New York) News newspaper: "Mrs. Edna Chase, 77, a former resident of Mt. Morris and Perry, died in a Buffalo hospital Tuesday, April 25, 1950."; "Burial will be made in Oakwood Cemetery."

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has Edna A. Chase (1872-1958) interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Nunda, Livingston County, New York. The death date of 1958 may be incorrect: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54673331

More on the New York locations cited for George and James Albert Duryea

(Courtesy of Tom Cook)

Map scale: using the direction function in Google Maps, the distance between Perry and Mr. Morris, New York is about 9.4 miles. Perry to Nunda, New York is about 17.6 miles.


Letchworth State Park in New York was created circa 1907 and is enjoyed by over a million visitors a year. Tom Cook and Tom Breslin worked at the Park and have a website on Letchworth Park History: http://www.letchworthparkhistory.com
About Tom Cook and Tom Breslin: http://www.letchworthparkhistory.com/bio.html

Ye Old Corral webmeister needed "geography assistance" on all the (confusing) New York references for George Duryea / Tom Keene. Tom Cook and I connected in early September, 2015 and he provided the above map as well as some additional details on the area. Tom writes:

"Gibsonville was a 19th century 'hamlet' in the Genesee Valley along the Silver Lake outlet. It was a VERY scattered farming community with no formal boundaries that included lands of three townships - Leicester, Livingston County; Perry, Wyoming County; and Castile, Wyoming County. Smokey Hollow was the local name of the the river flats which was considered part of Gibsonville. Since Gibsonville 'vanished' into the early 20th century, I can see why someone born in Smokey Hollow could be considered as being from Perry. (The town of Perry is not far away and the Village of Perry is probably the most easily accessible village to Smokey Hollow/Gibsonville.) It appears that the Duryea farm was in the town of Castile.

According to the accounts, he lived at one time with an aunt and uncle, Albert and Edna Chase. They were married around 1896 and lived in the Town of Portage at Big Bend (see map). Big Bend was really no more than a scattering of farms on the east side of the river with a one room school. The nearest community (or at least most accessible because of the river and gorge) was the hamlet of Oakland. I believe, though I will have to check to make sure, that George's brother James is buried on the Chase plot in Oakwood.

A couple of things - I don't think he ran away. He was a farm boy - probably went through the 8th grade - and went to find work. Not uncommon for the time. He kept in touch with the Chases. Edna even visited him in Hollywood. Also, in the 1900 census - even though it says that they had a "servant", you will note that the guy was a farm laborer. Servant implies some money. Farm laborer might just be working for room and board on the farm which Duryea was renting."

Tom Cook
September, 2015

Tom Keene Links
  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on:
Tom Keene: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0444740/
Keene's wife Grace Stafford (Grace Boyle): http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0821282/

The Internet Broadway Database has Keene (as Richard Powers) in the short-lived 1943 Broadway play "The Barber Had Two Sons": http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=467006

Daniel Neyer's "The Files of Jerry Blake" serial website has a detailed writeup on Keene (as Richard Powers) in Republic's 1950 DESPERADOES OF THE WEST serial: http://filesofjerryblake.com/2014/02/04/desperadoes-of-the-west/

The Fulton History / Old Fulton NY Postcards website is a treasure trove of old newspapers, including the New York newspaper articles which are listed above. You can run your own searches and access to their newspaper archive is free (donations accepted): http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html

The Los Angeles Times website has the obituary on actress Grace Stafford who divorced Keene in 1940. She married cartoonist Walter Lantz and was the later voice of Woody Woodpecker. Gracie Lantz passed away in 1992: http://articles.latimes.com/1992-03-19/local/me-5718_1_woody-woodpecker

If you have a high speed cable or DSL connection, you can download or stream several Keene films from the Internet Archive website and YouTube:

The Internet Archive has OUR DAILY BREAD (United Artists, 1934), the Ed Wood directed PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, THE LAW COMMANDS (Crescent, 1937), WESTERN MAIL (Monogram, 1942), a few other films: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=%22tom%20keene%22%20AND%20collection%3Amoviesandfilms
The Internet Archive also has the half-hour unsold TV pilot, CROSSROAD AVENGER: THE ADVENTURES OF THE TUCSON KID (1953), which was directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. and filmed in color: https://archive.org/details/crossroadsavengeredwood
YouTube has the ghastly PARDON MY GUN (Pathe, 1930) with Keene (as George Duryea), Abe Lyman's Orchestra, lots of awful musical numbers, more: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Pardon+My+Gun%22
More Keene films on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=%22tom+keene%22&lclk=long

Bob Campbell and Victoria Balloon wrote a profile titled "The Three Faces of Cowboy Star Tom Keene" for the Movie Fanfare website: http://www.moviefanfare.com/fanfare-guests/cowboy-star-tom-keene/

and a slightly modified version of that article is on the Matinee At The Bijou website: http://matineeatthebijou.blogspot.com/2009/03/three-faces-of-tom-keene.html

Getty Images has a couple photos of George Duryea (aka Tom Keene), director Allan Dwan, and Renee Adoree on the set of the MGM film 'Tide Of Empire':
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/george-duryea-director-allan-dwan-and-renee-adoree-look-at-news-photo/3273582
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/director-allan-dwan-coaches-george-duryea-william-collier-news-photo/3273580

The Los Angeles Times newspaper website has a 1940 photo of Sherman Oaks, California Honorary Mayor Tom Keene and others. The photo caption reads: "Politicians have been talking about Southern California's traffic for decades, but for as many ribbons as they have cut on new projects, gaining ground on the problem has proved difficult. In1940, the Cahuenga Pass Freeway was dedicated. From left are Tom Keene, honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks; Gov. Culbert Olson; John B. Kingsley, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron; Gene Autry, honorary mayor of North Hollywood; Burbank Mayor Frank C. Tillson; and Richard Arien, honorary mayor of Sunland.": http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-hymon18feb18-pg-photogallery.html

Joe Blevins' Dead 2 Right blog has a photo of Ed Wood, Jr., Tom Tyler and Tom Keene on the set during the filming of the CROSSROAD AVENGER TV pilot in 1953: http://d2rights.blogspot.com/2013/07/ed-wood-wednesdays-week-1-early-years.html

The Playbill Vault website has the Playbill booklet for the short-lived 1943 Broadway play "The Barber Had Two Sons" which starred Blanche Yurka and Keene was using the name "Richard Powers": http://www.playbill.com/person/richard-powers-vault-0000107770

The Museum of the City of New York has a photo of Richard Powers and Blanche Yurka in "The Barber Had Two Sons": http://collections.mcny.org/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult_VPage&VBID=24UAYWHT3MLE

Some info suggests the name change from George Duryea to Tom Keene MAY have been influenced by the Tom Keene brand of cigars:



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