|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.|
Hooper Atchley was born in Tennessee and his early years were spent on the stage in traveling repertory companies, theater and Broadway plays. He arrived in Hollywood during the waning days of the silent film and found his niche portraying a slick, slippery, conniving no-good with a weak backbone (who always needed his gang to back him up). A smallish man with a thin moustache, he sometimes was the 'brains' heavy in westerns and cliffhangers. Or, he'd have a supporting/bit part as a crooked lawyer, crooked land agent, crooked politician, etc.
Serial fans can spot him in THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Mascot, 1933), MYSTERY MOUNTAIN (Mascot, 1934), ACE DRUMMOND (Universal, 1936), THE ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER (Republic, 1940), DICK TRACY VS. CRIME INC. (Republic, 1941), more. During the 1930s, he played opposite many cowboy heroes including Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson, and Tim McCoy.
Biographical info on Atchley is brief and sketchy. He committed suicide in 1943 by shooting himself. Sources mention that he was despondent over medical problems (cancer and/or failing eyesight), but his motive for killing himself is not mentioned in the newspaper death notices.
Les Adams ran his trusty database on Atchley, and his sound era screen performances equate to about 160 films of all varieties. That number includes 38 westerns and 10 serials. He appeared in about two dozen films at Republic Pictures during the period 1935-1943.
When Ed Tabor sent me the above clip from one of the 1932 editions of the Standard Casting Directory, I was surprised to read Atchley's list of New York stage play credits.
In 2004, I was contacted by Mitch Collins and Arthur Phillips. Following is some family information and background on Hooper that was assembled from several of their e-mails:
Hooper's mother and Art Phillips' father were brother and sister. Hooper's mother was Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her father was William Phillips who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was a Tennessee Republican State Senator in the 44th General Assembly (1885-1887) representing Cocke, Jefferson and Senier counties. He had owned slaves. He died in 1918. William was the grandfather of James Arthur Atchley who is mentioned as being a sometime member of the Tennessee General Assembly. He must have been Hooper's brother. (There is a 17 year old son named Arthur Atchley listed in the 1900 census.)He was also a Republican. Art's brother Lemuel Phillips was named after Hooper. Art heard of Hooper's death while in the Navy during WWII. He was on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ommaney Bay which was sunk by a kamikaze on January 4, 1945. According to the family, Hooper had been diagnosed with cancer and this was the probable reason for his suicide. Hooper Atchley's full name, birth and death dates are: Lemuel Hooper Atchley, April 30, 1887 to November 17, 1943.
(Footnote: his grave marker shows a November 17, 1943 death date, but his actual death date is November 16, 1943. More on that below.)
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Atchley: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0040341/
The Internet Broadway Database lists a few stage credits for Atchley: http://ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=30292
The Family Search website, Los Angeles Times newspaper, California Death Index and the death certificate provide more on Hooper Atchley. There appears to be a two sets of 1940 census data - both are for our Hooper Atchley, but the second set has more info and full names. Note the Version #1 and #2 entries below:
There is a genealogy webpage which includes Hooper, his parents and siblings: http://kimsfamilyhistory.com/f3048.htm
(Courtesy of Mitch Collins and Arthur Phillips)
Atchley is interred at Phillips Cemetary near Newport, Tennessee. Note that the marker shows Atchley's passing as November 17, 1943, but the California Death Records database noted above has November 16, 1943.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from L-to-R are Hooper Atchley, Alice Day and Lafe McKee in a lobby card from GOLD (Majestic, 1932) which starred Jack Hoxie. Hoxie and his white horse 'Scout' are shown on the left. Alice Day is also pictured in the top right circular inset.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above - Johnny Mack Brown is surrounded by a trio of great moustached villains - from L-to-R are Bradley Page, Hooper Atchley and George Meeker in the non-western AGAINST THE LAW (Columbia, 1934).
Illinois born Lloyd Ingraham learned his acting trade doing plays and touring with repertory companies. He was in Hollywood around 1912 and became a fairly prolific silent screen actor, director, script writer, et al, and his bosses included Thomas Ince and Louis B. Mayer. In the late 1920s, Ingraham was directing/co-directing Fred Thomson silent oaters at Paramount including Thomson's last, KIT CARSON (Paramount, 1928). When talkies arrived, Ingraham gave up directing and moved in front of the camera where he did mostly uncredited roles. In westerns, Ingraham was another (along with Lafe McKee, John Elliott and a few others) who specialized in portraying the kindly, white-haired rancher, the heroine's father, as well as a respectable lawman, doctor, banker, lawyer, judge, etc.
Les Adams has him identified in about 180 sound era films, and that number includes 115 westerns and 7 chapterplays. During the period 1935-1950, Ingraham worked at Republic Pictures in a mixture of about three dozen westerns, serials and other features. His last film appearance was around 1950.
Ingraham's Hollywood career spanned nearly forty years, from approximately 1912 - 1950.
81 year old Lloyd Ingraham passed away at the Motion Picture Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California on April 4, 1956.
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Lloyd Ingraham: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0408937/
Lois Ingraham, Lloyd's youngest child, appeared in a few silents: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0408938/
The Family Search website (free), California Death Index and the death certificate provide more on Lloyd Ingraham:
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above is a lobby card of Fred Thomson and Silver King from SILVER COMES THRU (FBO, 1927). Lloyd Ingraham (name in bottom center) was over fifty years old when he directed this silent. Ingraham directed or co-directed several Thomson oaters, including JESSE JAMES (Paramount, 1927) and KIT CARSON (Paramount, 1928).
(Image courtesy of Ed Tabor)
Above from left to right are John Wayne, Lloyd Ingraham (as the prison warden), Eddie Parker, and Jay Wilsey (Buffalo Bill, Jr.) in a lobby card from Wayne's RAINBOW VALLEY (Lone Star/Monogram, 1935).
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from L-to-R are Carl Stockdale, Rosalind Keith, Tom Chatterton, Lloyd Ingraham (as a judge), George O'Brien, and two unidentified players in a scene from O'Brien's TROUBLE IN SUNDOWN (RKO, 1939).