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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.


Neither Frank McGlynn Senior or Junior specialized in B westerns and serials, but they appeared in some.

Frank McGlynn Senior

Born in San Francisco, McGlynn, Sr. earned a law degree before settling on an acting/stage career. His film appearances began in the silent era around 1910 with the Edison Company. In a lengthy stage and cinema career, he is best remembered (typecast) for his portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln. At around 6 feet 4 inches tall, McGlynn, Sr.'s run as Lincoln began circa 1919 in New York City in John Drinkwater's play "Abraham Lincoln".

Over the next several decades, he continued those Lincoln portrayals, including various 1930s movies. Examples: you can spot McGlynn, Sr. as Abe in the Smith Ballew starrer WESTERN GOLD (Sol Lesser/20th Century Fox, 1937); in Chapter 1 of THE LONE RANGER (Republic, 1938); and with Shirley Temple in THE LITTLEST REBEL (20th C Fox, 1935).

An obituary notes that 84 year old Frank McGlynn, Sr. passed away on May 18, 1951 at his daughter's home in Newburgh, New York after a brief illness.


Frank McGlynn Junior

The younger McGlynn's stage and movie work began circa 1925 when he was around twenty years of age. His busiest B western period was 1935 when he appeared in a couple Hopalong Cassidy adventures as well as a pair with John Wayne. Those films were: HOP-A-LONG CASSIDY (Paramount, 1935), BAR 20 RIDES AGAIN (Paramount, 1935) and Wayne's LAWLESS RANGE (Republic, 1935) and WESTWARD HO (Republic, 1935).

The Wayne oaters are good ones. WESTWARD HO has him searching for his lost brother (played by McGlynn Jr.) who is now on the wrong side of the law. And in LAWLESS RANGE, McGlynn Jr. is the crooked banker fronting a gang that's driving local ranchers out because of gold on their land. BAR 20 RIDES AGAIN is one of the best of the Hoppy adventures with William Boyd, George Hayes, James Ellison and McGlynn Jr. (as 'Red Connors') versus Harry Worth as the brains heavy with a Napoleon complex.

McGlynn Jr. was nearing his thirty-fifth birthday when he passed away. Old Corral contributor Lila Ashear checked various sources, and the only information was a March 30, 1939 obituary/funeral notice noting that he was the son of Frank and Rose McGlynn, and there was a Requiem Mass with interment at Calvary (Los Angeles). The California Death Records database is of no use on McGlynn, Jr. since it contains records beginning with 1940. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is of no help either. However, Ancestry.com does have the earlier California Death Index which has McGlynn, Jr. passing on March 29, 1939.

The death certicate from the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records has Frank McGlynn Jr., born July 9, 1904, occupation Actor/Screen, and residing with his parents at 1924 North Argyle, Los Angeles. He was a patient at Good Samaritan Hospital (Los Angeles) from March 24 through his passing on March 29, 1939. It shows the onset of "Tb meningitis" on March 18, 1939 and that was the principal cause of death. Contributory causes were "pulmonary tb" (onset in 1939) and "genitourinary tb" (onset in 1938). A friend of ye Old Corral webmaster's daughter is a doctor, and I asked her to review the death certificate. She e-mailed back ... and thanks SV, M.D.:

"... died of what would be referred to as disseminated tuberculosis (TB) or miliary tuberculosis. Most people know that TB is an infection of the lungs, but the bacteria can spread through the blood stream or lymph system (i.e. lymph nodes and the fluid that is passed between them). TB can affect the brain (tb meningitis), the lungs (pulmonary tb) and the kidneys and urinary system (genitourinary tb)."

(Courtesy of Jack Tillmany)

Frank McGlynn, Sr.
1866 - 1951




(Courtesy of Jack Tillmany)

Frank McGlynn, Jr.
Real name possibility:
Frank A. McGlynn
1904 - 1939


  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Frank McGlynn, Senior and Junior:
      Frank McGlynn Sr. (1866 - 1951): http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0569466/
      Frank McGlynn Jr. (1904 - 1939): http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0569465/

The IMDb has a listing of actors portraying Abraham Lincoln, and there's about a dozen Abe Lincoln roles for McGlynn, Sr.: http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0026778/#1940

The Internet Broadway database has 1919 - 1930 plays with McGlynn, Sr.: http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=52339 and his wife Rose: http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=52340

In addition to Frank McGlynn, Jr., there was another notable son - Dominican Priest and sculptor Father Thomas Matthew McGlynn, O. P. (1906-1977): http://opcentral.org/blog/dominican-priest-and-sculptor-thomas-mcglynn-the-man/

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the markers for:
Frank McGlynn, Sr. and his wife Rose O'Beirne McGlynn (1873-1947) are interred at Saint Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8038124
Frank McGlynn, Jr. is interred at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California. Note that the marker was sculpted by his brother, Father Thomas Matthew McGlynn, O. P.: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=91558009

The Rarebook and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a 1928 photo of Carl Sandburg watching Frank McGlynn, Sr. doing a Lincoln impersonation: http://www.library.illinois.edu/contentdm/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/sandburg&CISOPTR=1840&CISOBOX=1&REC=20

Wikipedia has a profile and some photos on Frank McGlynn, Sr.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_McGlynn

The Family Search website (free) and Ancestry.com (subscription) have information on the McGlynn family:

J. David Goldin's RadioGoldIndex website lists McGlynn, Sr. in three Lux Radio Theater shows in 1940-1941. When you get to the site, click "Start Here", then select "Search By Artist", then select M, and then scroll down for the McGlynn radio credits: http://radiogoldindex.com/

It's always interesting to click through excerpts of newspaper headlines and clippings at the Google newspaper archives. While some of the articles are free, many go to newspaper websites where you have to pay to retrieve the full article. The following link will take you to a mix of free and pay articles on Frank McGlynn. Most relate to McGlynn, Sr.: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22frank%20mcglynn%22%20site:news.google.com/newspapers&source=newspapers



Frank McGlynn, Jr.
1904 - 1939

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are Ethel Wales and Frank McGlynn, Jr. (as 'Red Connors') in the Hopalong Cassidy film BAR 20 RIDES AGAIN (Paramount, 1935).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

From left to right are Yakima Canutt, a bearded Frank McGlynn, Jr., John Wayne and Glenn Strange in a lobby card from LAWLESS RANGE (Republic, 1935), one of eight oaters that Wayne did during the first year of the new Republic Pictures. McGlynn, Jr. was the brains heavy in this one.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is Frank McGlynn, Jr. (as George Armstrong Custer), and holding the flag is George Chesebro, in a chapter 15 lobby card from CUSTER'S LAST STAND (Weiss/Stage and Screen, 1936).


Frank McGlynn, Sr.
1866 - 1951

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Walter Miller, Buck Jones, Charlie King, Frank McGlynn Sr. and Harry Tenbrook in the serial THE ROARING WEST (Universal, 1935).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Ezra Paulette, Harold Hodge, Frank McGlynn, Sr., and Buck Jones in a lobby card and crop/blowup from SUDDEN BILL DORN (Universal, 1937), one of Buck's worst oaters. Cyprian 'Ezra' Paulette was a musician and is best remembered for his years with the Beverly Hill Billies. McGlynn, Sr. did five films with Jones, including THE ROARING WEST (Universal, 1935) chapterplay. If his 1866 birth year is correct, McGlynn, Sr. would have been about 72 years old when he worked in this Buck Jones western.


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