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The 'brains' and 'action' heavies who had meaty roles and lots of dialog ... and the players who were fathers, ranch owners, lawman, mayors, judges, lawyers, storekeepers, newspaper editors, wardens, etc.


I. Stanford 'Stan' Jolley

Real name:
Isaac Stanford Jolley

His middle name is sometimes misspelled as: Standford

1900 or 1901 - 1978



(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above, Stan Jolley as the "Jingler" in the Range Busters' TRAIL OF THE SILVER SPUR (Monogram, 1941).
I. Stanford Jolley was a busy workman in scores of B features, primarily portraying the head villain or henchman in westerns and cliffhangers.

His film work began in the late 1930s and continued until the early 1970s.

The publicity still on the right shows Jolley in one of my favorite roles - as the mysterious killer "The Jingler", the wearer of the noisy spurs, in the Range Busters' adventure TRAIL OF THE SILVER SPUR (Monogram, 1941). Another good Jolley role was in the Eddie Dean WILD COUNTRY (PRC, 1947) where he portrayed escaped convict "Rip Caxton" (the wearer of the polka dot hat band).

One of my daughter's favorite holiday films is the Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye WHITE CHRISTMAS (Paramount, 1954), and she watches it several times each Christmas season.  If you're a fan of that film, remember the scene at the Pinetree, Vermont railroad station?  Kaye and Crosby tell the stationmaster about the forthcoming arrival of the World War II vets for the party for General Waverly.  That stationmaster was Jolley ... and he had a line or two of dialog and picked up a days pay for that minor role.

In THE CRIMSON GHOST (Republic, 1946) chapterplay, Jolley was the voice of the skeletal baddie (it was Joe Forte wearing the cape and mask).

As the B western and serial faded away, Jolley successfully migrated to television. And during the 1950s and early 1960s, he appeared in GUNSMOKE, WAGON TRAIN, WILD BILL HICKOK, PERRY MASON and lots of other shows.

Jolley made only about 25 appearances in Republic films. He primarily labored for lower echelon production companies and studios such as PRC and Monogram (as well as occasional bit parts in A films at the major studios).  Les Adams has him in about 250 sound era films, and of that number, 167 are westerns and two dozen are cliffhangers.

Minard Coons, who has furnished so many great pictures on this website, became friends with Jolley and his wife Emily (nickname of "Peggy").  Minard mentioned that Peggy had told him "of the 500 films Stan appeared in, he never made more that $100 per film".

The Jolley's had a son and daughter. Daughter Sandra was married to Forrest Tucker, and later to Jack Carson.  Son Stan started out as an art director with Disney, and did many films as both art director and production designer.  Minard recalls that Jolley's son left Disney in the 1970s and went out on his own.  A long, long time ago, I caught one of the "Robbert Loggia / Elfredo Baca" westerns on the Disney Channel. Lo and behold, I. Stanford Jolley played the sheriff and son Stan was the Art Director.

Stan passed away on December 6, 1978 at the Motion Picture and Television Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California and is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California.

You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral and then to the California Death Records database. There you will find a record for I. Stanford Jolley, birthplace and birth date of New Jersey and 10/24/1901, and he passed away on 12/06/1978. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) also has a record on Jolley, but his birth date is listed as 10/24/1900.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is the title lobby card to BORDER ROUNDUP (PRC, 1942), one of the Lone Rider adventures. On the left is melodious hero George Houston with the drop on I. Stanford Jolley. On the right is heroine Patricia Knox assisting injured John Elliott. Notice the billing for Dennis Moore as "Smoky Moore".



(Courtesy of Pat LaRosa)

In the above lobby card from PRAIRIE PALS (PRC, 1942), one of the short-lived Frontier Marshals trio series, Lee Powell is delivering a left to the jaw of prolific western villain I. Stanford Jolley. Note that Powell is billed third behind singers/musicians Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd and Art Davis.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the title lobby card to WOLVES OF THE RANGE (PRC, 1943), one of the PRC Lone Rider adventures. Centered is star Bob Livingston. On the left is I. Stanford Jolley and on the right is Jack Ingram. Note the B&W inset on the lower left --- that's Charles 'Slim' Whitaker (as "Pasha" the Swami) doing a bit with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Marjorie Manners, Archie Ricks, Ray Jones, Buster Crabbe, unidentified man and woman, Frank Hagney, unidentified woman, I. Stanford Jolley (with the six-shooter), and on the far right is Benny Pitti. Production still from Crabbe's BLAZING FRONTIER (PRC, 1943). Don't be fooled by the badge on Hagney as he and Stan Jolley are the gang leaders in this Billy the Kid yarn.



(Courtesy of Pamela "Brooke" Tucker)

Above is Pamela "Brooke" Tucker sandwiched between her dad, Forrest Tucker (right) and her grandfather, I. Stanford Jolley (left), circa 1968. Tucker was married to Stan's daughter, Sandra Jolley.


In November-December, 2003, Pamela "Brooke" Tucker and I exchanged e-mails. Brooke is the granddaughter of I. Stanford Jolley, and the following info has been consolidated from several e-mails from Brooke:


(Courtesy of Pamela "Brooke" Tucker)

Stan and Emily, 1965.
My grandmother, Emily "Peggy" Jolley, just passed away (October 18, 2003) at 102+ years old at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California.

I. Stanford Jolley was just "Pop-Pop" to me. I didn't follow in his footsteps (or those of my father, Forrest Tucker) but became a miniaturist (http://BrookeTucker.com).

The most important thing about my grandfather was that he was the antithesis of all the villains he portrayed. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. He was ALWAYS interested in what the other person had to say and when you met him, he made you feel as though you were very important and special. All of my friends growing up loved him.

He and "Nana" were also great at the horse races! I remember when I was very little, Pop-Pop and Nana would get up early and do their homework handicapping the horses that were running that day. Then behind her back, he and I would have a side bet. I'd get 25 cents of 'action' on his bets! My mother (when she found out) was horrified ... but it sure helped me learn numbers quickly!

The Forrest Tucker connection: My mother, Sandra Jolley, was an Earl Carroll showgirl and she met and married my father, Forrest Tucker. They were married several years, then divorced but the entire family was always close. My mother and father were born ten days apart and died ten days apart and they were always friends. My mother was Jack Carson's widow.



(Courtesy of Pamela "Brooke" Tucker)

The Jolley Family, 1939. From L-to-R are Emily ('Peggy'), Sandra, Stan Jr. and I. Stanford Jolley.



(Courtesy of Pamela "Brooke" Tucker)

Above are Stan and Emily circa 1939.




(Courtesy of Pamela "Brooke" Tucker)

Above are Stan with Brooke's stepdad, comedian and movie star Jack Carson, circa 1961.



(Courtesy of Pamela "Brooke" Tucker)

1974 photo and standing from L-to-R are Stan Jr. and his wife Jamie, and on the far right is Stan Jr. and Brooke's mother Sandra. Bottom row L-to-R are unidentified woman, Stan and Emily.



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