|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.|
Murdock Mac Quarrie
Full name: Murdock James Mac Quarrie
Last name sometimes spelled: McQuarrie, McQuarie, MacQuarrie, etc.
1878 - 1942
MacQuarrie in 1935 and about 57 years old. | |MacQuarrie in 1914 and about 36 years old.
Born in San Francisco on August 25, 1878, Murdock MacQuarrie attended public schools there. His acting career began around the age of seven or eight in child roles in stock and repertory companies on the West coast. He also served in the U. S. Navy during the Spanish American War.
Murdock and his three brothers - Albert, Frank and George - came to Hollywood in the early days of silent film.
In silents, Murdock did lead and character roles as well as some directing. Circa 1914, he was on Universal's payroll. His next stop was directing for the Signal Film Corporation. And he also worked for Biograph, FBO, many other production companies. Trade papers and fan magazines indicate he specialized in character roles, generally portraying an older gent.
MacQuarrie was a charter member of the Los Angeles branch of the Motion Picture Directors Association (MPDA) which was formed in 1915.
When talkies arrived, Murdock had hit the half century mark in age. He became a fairly prolific performer in 1930s B westerns, appearing as a friendly rancher, father of the heroine, occasional lawman ... as well as a background face in crowd scenes and saloons. Most of his sound film appearances were uncredited/unbilled and you can spot him in oaters with Rex Bell, Tom Tyler, Bob Baker, Gene Autry, Buck Jones, Johnny Mack Brown, Three Mesquiteers, Reb Russell, Ken Maynard, others.
One of his best roles - and one of his last - was playing a crooked judge and gang boss in the Rough Riders adventure GHOST TOWN LAW (Monogram, 1942). He was billed fifth in the opening titles and credits, behind Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, Raymond Hatton and heroine Virginia Carpenter. Alas - they (mis)spelled his last name as McQuarrie.
Les Adams has him pegged in about 190 sound era films, of which 134 are westerns and 8 are serials.
Murdock passed away on August 20, 1942 at St. Vincents Hospital, Los Angeles, and cause of death was coronary occlusion and peritonitis from a a stomach perforation.
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Murdock and his three brothers:
Murdock MacQuarrie: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0534259/
George MacQuarrie (1873-1951): http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0534255/
Albert MacQuarrie (1882-1950): http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0534252/
Frank MacQuarrie (1875-1950): http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0534254/
Above - photo ad for MacQuarrie in the 1930 Motion Picture News Bluebook (available at the Internet Archive).
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), California Death Index, and the death certificate provide more on Murdock MacQuarrie:
- 1880 census - living in San Francisco, California are 45 year old James Mc Quarrie (born Ireland), his 37 year old wife Catharine (born Ireland), 12 year old daughter Catharine (born Massachusetts), 9 year old son John (born California), 7 year old son George (born California), 4 year old daughter Mary (born California), 1 year old son Murdock (born California), and 5 year old son Frank (born California): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6P6-B9H
- 1890 census is unavailable - it was lost in a 1921 fire (and water damage) at the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C.
- World War I draft registration dated September, 1918: 40 year old Murdock James Mac Quarrie lists his birth date as August 25, 1878; his occupation is "Motion Picture actor and director" and employer is "Loyalty Film Co". He and wife Clarice live at 1967 Beachwood, Los Angeles: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26181-22784-85?cc=1968530&wc=M9SG-M82:1041244207
- 1920 census: the Family Search website has spelling errors when their record was converted to digital format - 41 year old Murdock Macinarrie [sic] (born California) and 41 year old wife Lina C. (born Georgia) reside in the Los Angeles area: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHQF-LVG
Ancestry had the 1920 census takers worksheet: 41 year old Murdock MacQuarrie (born California) and 41 year old wife Lina C. (born Georgia) own their home at 1967 Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles. His occupation is "Director - Motion Picture" and hers is "Broker - Real Estate".
- 1930 census: 52 year old Murdock M. Mac Quarrie (born California), 52 year old wife Clarice M. (born Georgia) and 20 year old nephew Lynn Manning (born Alabama) reside in the Los Angeles area: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XCV9-ZSV
Ancestry has the 1930 census takers worksheet: they own their own at 7943 Selma (?) Avenue in Los Angeles; Mac Quarrie's occupation is "Actor - Motion Pictures", and Clarice's occupation is "Broker - Real Estate".
- 1940 census: 61 year old Murdock Mcquarrie (born California) and 60 year old wife Clarice (born Tennessee) are living in Los Angeles: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9C2-XCZ
1940 census takers worksheet: Murdock reports his occupation as "Actor - Moving Picture", and in 1939, he worked 24 weeks and earned $4000.00. Clarice's occupation is still "Broker - Real Estate". They are renting at 111 Doheny Drive in Los Angeles: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27798-4965-61?cc=2000219&wc=M9Q8-BCR:n850576393
- Death certificate: 66 year old Murdock MacQuarrie was born August 25, 1878 in San Francisco, California; he was a Spanish American war veteran; parents were Daniel J. MacQuarrie and Katherine McKay, both born in Canada. He passed away on August 20, 1942 at St. Vincents Hospital, Los Angeles, and cause of death was coronary occlusion and peritonitis from a stomach perforation. He and wife Clarice MacQuarrie lived at 111 North Doheny Drive, Los Angeles. Pierce Bros. Hollywood was the funeral director and burial at Sawtelle Cemetery.
- The California Death Index has a record for Murdock Macquarrie, born August 25, 1878 in California, and he passed away on August 20, 1942 in the Los Angeles area.
- Ancestry had a military burial record for U. S. Navy and Spanish American War veteran Murdock James Mac Quarrie (born August 25, 1878 and died August 24, 1942). Interment in Section 84, Row G, Site 16 at Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Navy veteran Murdock James Mac Quarrie at the Los Angeles National Cemetery: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=35126007&PIpi=30368576
The Google Newspaper archive has a January, 1915 article which mentions his early stage career and current Hollywood work: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JAhhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Q2QNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1549,3063321&dq=murdock-macquarrie&hl=en
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Jack Perrin did a series for Bernard B. Ray and Harry S. Webb at Reliable Pictures in the mid 1930s. Above is a scene from Perrin's NORTH OF ARIZONA (Reliable, 1935), a disappointing and disjointed mess. From left to right are Perrin, Jack Hendricks (background), Barney Beasley (background), Lane Chandler, unidentified older man, Blackie Whiteford, Blanche Mehaffey, and Murdock MacQuarrie (as the local lawman).
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above from left to right are John Wayne, Muriel Evans, Murdock MacQuarrie and Mary MacLaren in Wayne's THE NEW FRONTIER (Republic, 1935).
Horace B. Carpenter
Full name: Horace Bernard Carpenter
1875 - 1945
(Courtesy of Jack Tillmany)
Les Adams has Carpenter in 300+ sound era films, and that includes 218 westerns and 22 serials.
Horace had a kindly face and meek demeanor, and got work as a ranch owner, an old miner, etc. (but Lafe McKee, Lloyd Ingraham and John Elliott seemed to be the luckier ones getting meatier roles). Generally, Carpenter was a background performer, bystander, spectator - i.e., one of the townsmen, one of the ranchers, an old-timer in the saloon, etc. and many of his 1930s-1940s roles were uncredited.
Bob Steele lost a lot of fathers in his many oaters. SMOKEY SMITH (A. W. Hackel/Supreme, 1935) is one of his best and includes a closing battle with the good guys, led by Bob and Earl Dwire (as the sheriff), wearing white bandanas on their foreheads to identify themselves from the outlaws. Warner Richmond was the nasty gang boss - to get his hands on a ring, he shoots off the finger of Steele's dad, kindly ol' Horace Carpenter. Another good (unbilled) Carpenter role is portraying toothless oldtimer "Pop" in the Johnny Mack Brown FLAME OF THE WEST (Monogram, 1945).
Horace's acting career began on the stage and with traveling repertory companies. His earliest film work was for Selig and the Lasky Picture company in the 1910s. In the 1920s, Carpenter did some directing.
Suffering from heart problems, he passed away on May 21, 1945 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles.
There is confusion with his birth location (Minnesota vs. Wisconsin vs. Michigan). Some biographies (such as the Internet Movie Database) have him born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Based on marriage and census records as well as trade biographies and his amended death certificate, Carpenter was born in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)Carpenter circa 1936 | ||Above - 1911 newspaper ad for Horace and company doing a play in Utah.|(Courtesy of Les Adams)Carpenter circa 1934
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), California Death Index, ProQuest obituaries, and the death certificate provide more on Horace Carpenter and family:
- 1885 Minnesota State census - living in Sauk Rapids, Benton County, Minnesota are 50 year old S. P. Carpenter (born Michigan), his 31 year old wife Eva (born Illinois), three daughters and two sons, one of which is 8 year old Horace (born Minnesota): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQX7-RD7
- 1897 marriage record (not the marriage license) - Horace B. Carpenter (born Sauk Rapids, Minnesota) married Ella N. Hilger (born Wisconsin) on September 6, 1897 in West Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin. His parents were Samuel P. Carpenter and Eva L. Coburn. Her parents were Michael Hilger and Mary Eliza Deitlein: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRLH-6LW
- 1900 census - 23 year old Horace Carpenter, his 17 year old wife Ella (born Wisconsin), and their 1 year old son Earl are living with Ella's parents in Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMKX-382
1900 census takers worksheet - Ella and Horace Carpenter are living with her parents, Mike and ??? Hilger: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11778-140702-33?cc=1325221
- 1905 Wisconsin State Census - living in Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin are 68 year old S. P. Carpenter, his 51 year old wife Eva E., and four children, one of whom is 29 year old Horace Carpenter (born Minnesota). Wife Ella and son Earl are not with Horace. If you have a free Family Search login, you can view the census takers worksheet which lists Horace's occupation as "Actor" and his father as "Police ???": https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMSB-161
- 1910 census - living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma are 30 year old Horace B. Carpenter (born Minnesota) and his 25 year old wife Beatrice A. (born Utah): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ML7M-HXS
Ancestry had the 1930 census takers worksheet - the occupations of Horace and Beatrice are "Actor - Theater" and "Actress - Theater".
- Western States Marriage Index at Brigham Young University-Idaho has a marriage index record (not the marriage certificate) - H. B. Carpenter married Beatrice A. Allen on May 6, 1911 in Florence, Pinal County, Arizona: http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/westernStatesRecordDetail.cfm?recordID=353434
- World War I draft registration dated September 12, 1918 - 43 year old Horace Bernard Carpenter was born January 31, 1875. Occupation is "Actor" for the "Diando Film Co.", Verdugo Rd., Glendale, California. Nearest relative is wife Beatrice A. Carpenter, and they lived at 216 Hawthorne, Glendale, California: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-26183-7209-63?cc=1968530
- 1920 census - renting in Los Angeles are 40 year old Horace P. Carpenter (no birth location specified), his 30 year old wife Beatrice (born Utah), 5 year old daughter Anila [sic] (born California), and three lodgers: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHQK-D6D
Ancestry had the census takers worksheet - Horace's occupation is "Actor - Motion Picture Co". No occupation listed for wife Beatrice.
- 1930 census - living in Los Angeles, California are 53 year old Horace B. Carpenter (born Minnesota), his 46 year old wife Beatrice A. (born Utah) and their 15 year old daughter Auda L. (born California): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCJ1-Y89
- 1940 census - living in Los Angeles, California are 65 year old Horace Carpenter (born Wisconsin), his 57 year old wife Beatrice (born Utah) and their 25 year old daughter Auda (born California): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9CD-GNT
1940 census takers worksheet - the Carpenter family is renting at unit 310 at the New Hollywood Apartments on Hollywood Boulevard. Horace's occupation is "Actor - Movie Co.", and in 1939, he worked 17 weeks and earned $1040.00: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9MT-J3M4
- Death certificate: Horace Bernard Carpenter was born January 31, 1875 in Grand Rapids, Michigan; parents were Samuel P. Carpenter and Eva Coburn; his occupation was "Actor - Stage and Screen". He passed away on May 21, 1945 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles, and cause of death was coronary occlusion and arteriosclerosis. Death certificate informant was wife Beatrice, and they lived at 1204 North Seward, Los Angeles. Pierce Bros. Hollywood was the funeral director and burial at Hollywood Cemetery.
An amended death certificate was filed July, 1946 to correct Horace's birth location from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
- California Death Index mirrors the death certificate - Horace Bernard Carpenter, born 1/31/1875 in Michigan, Mother's maiden name of Coburn, and he passed away on 5/21/1945.
- The May 23, 1945 Los Angeles Times newspaper carried his obituary and funeral notice. Excerpts: "Funeral services for Horace Bernard Carpenter ... at Pierce Bros. Hollywood Chapel under the auspices of the Troupers Club ... leaves his widow Beatrice ... a daughter, Auda, a son, Dr. Earl E., and two brothers ..."
For those with a subscription to Ancestry.com, locate the Carpenter Family Tree. There you'll find a bunch of photos of Horace and Dr. Earl Carpenter (his son from his first marriage to Ella).
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Horace B. Carpenter: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0139356/
And the IMDb has a record for Beatrice Allen, who appears to be Horace's second wife Beatrice: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0020291/
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has info on the interment location of Carpenter at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9360709
(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)
The above lobby card - and crop/blowup - is from GROWING BETTER (Sanford, 1923), a Bill Patton silent helmed by Carpenter. A youngish Carpenter (in his late 40s) is wearing the checkerboard shirt. The other two players are unidentified.
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Fred Parker was another familiar performer who was an occasional lawman, ranch owner, father of the heroine ... and he was also a background face and bystander in crowd scenes and saloons. Most of Parker's movie roles were unbilled/uncredited. Les Adams has him in about 130 sound era films, which includes 111 westerns and 1 serial.
He began doing movies in the 1920s and his last film appearance was circa 1944.
I found very little on Parker at Family Search, Ancestry.com, Newspaper Archive, ProQuest obituaries, and other sources. The problem is that the "Fred Parker" name is too generic. Was his first name really Fred ... or Frederick, Alfred, Wilfred, etc.? We need a middle name or a birth location ... just about any additional detail to narrow the search.
From mid 1930 through mid 1940, California voter registrations included an occupation with each name. Ancestry.com had several Los Angeles County voter registrations city directories for an actor named Fred F. Parker ... which may be our guy, There was no "Mrs. Parker" listed at his address.
1925 San Diego City Directory: Parker, Fred F, actor, 1230 31st
1936 Los Angeles County voter registration: Parker, Fred F, 1155 N Las Palmas av, actor
1938 Los Angeles County voter registration: Parker, Fred F, 942 N Seward st, actor
1940 Los Angeles County voter registration: Parker, Fred F, 942 N Seward st, actor
1942 Los Angeles County voter registration: Parker, Fred F, 543 N Arden blvd, actor
1944 Los Angeles County voter registration: Parker, Fred F, 23430 Ventura blvd, actor
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Fred Parker: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0662252/
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from L-to-R are Franklyn Farnum, Fred Parker, hero Wally Wales and Karla Cowan in a scene from the three reel short, ARIZONA CYCLONE (Imperial, 1934).
(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)
Above is a lobby card from the Wally Wales starrer THE LONE RIDER (William Pizor/Imperial, 1934). On the left are Fred Parker and Myrla Bratton (billed as Merla Bratton). The "directed by Robert Emmett" is Robert Emmett 'Bob' Tansey. This was the last of the three reel shorts (approximately 27 minutes running time) that Wales did for Pizor/Imperial.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above - Wally Wales holds a very young Fay McKenzie in in a lobby card and crop/blowup from SUNDOWN TRAIL (William Pizor/Imperial, 1934). On the far left are Herman Hack and Fred Parker and on the far right is Jack Kirk.
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above from L-to-R are Fred Parker, Forrest Taylor, Johnny Mack Brown (all 'duded' up) and Hal Price in a lobby card from DESERT PHANTOM (A. W. Hackel/Supreme, 1936).