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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.



Frank Hagney - 1932, and in his late forties
 

Frank Hagney - 1943, and almost sixty years of age


Frank Hagney

Full name: Frank Sidney Hagney

1884 - 1973

Born in Australia, rough and tough looking Frank Hagney had several sports careers prior to acting. He was a bicyclist, a professional boxer, and a Champion sculler (sculling/rowing). The Google newspaper archives (links below) have articles on Hagney as the trainer and sparring partner to Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson circa 1915 (which was the year Johnson lost (or threw) his title to Jess Willard in a controversial bout in Havana, Cuba).

Hagney's Hollywood career spanned nearly fifty years, from about 1919 through the mid 1960s. His silent film work began with stunting/doubling, but he soon was playing bit parts and support roles which continued when sound arrived.

Hagney became a familiar face in B westerns, sometimes as a villain and sometimes in a minor/background role. However, he did not specialize in westerns. His movie appearances were spread among serials as well as A and B grade features at various studios and production companies. And he portrayed boxers, Indians, police officers, bartenders, posse riders, saloon patron/barfly, seamen, etc., and was often unbilled/uncredited.

In the early 1930s, he played the brains heavy or second-in-command in westerns starring John Wayne, Ken Maynard, and others. By the 1940s, Hagney was past the half century mark in age and turns up often as a no-good in Lone Rider, Frontier Marshals and Buster Crabbe oaters at Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). If you look closely, you might be able to spot him in some late 1940s Sam Katzman serials at Columbia as well as a half dozen 1950s Randolph Scott westerns. In his later years, he appeared on many 1950s - 1960s TV shows.

Les Adams has Frank identified in 250+ sound films, and of that number, about a hundred are westerns and serials. Hagney was an infrequent employee at Republic Pictures, and his work there amounted to sixteen westerns and other features during the period from 1936-1955.

There's several Hagney roles that I remember:

The Ellis Island website has records on the Frank Sidney Hagney, a passenger on the ship "Vestris" which departed Buenos Aires and arrived in New York City on January 25, 1917. The passenger manifest notes that Hagney is 30 years old and 6 feet, 1 1/2 inches tall; he lists himself as married and his occupation as "pugilist"; he first came to the U.S. circa 1915; and had a uncle named Patrick Hagney that resided in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Footnotes: If Hagney was married as of 1917 and age 30, his wife Edna in the 1930 census had to be his second wife, as she would have been about 12 years old in 1917. Frank was in Buenos Aires for a fight with Luis Firpo (which Hagney lost).)

The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation website allows free searches for relatives, etc. that immigrated to the United States. However, in order to see the full records, you need to register (free) which is quick and easy to do. Go to: http://www.ellisisland.org/search/passSearch.asp

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: Frank S. Hagney, born 3/20/1884, and he passed away in the Los Angeles area on 6/25/1973. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Frank Hagney: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0353790/

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Frank Hagney who is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18373

The Family Search website (free) and ProQuest obituaries have more on Frank Hagney:

There are many newspaper articles about Hagney as the trainer and sparring partner to heavyweight boxing champ Jack Johnson, and their travels to England, Cuba and other locales circa 1915. This was during the period up to Johnson's April 5, 1915 fight with Jess Willard in Havana, Cuba. Johnson lost his heavyweight crown in that bout, and about a year later, Johnson confessed that he had thrown that fight. Go to:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00D1FF63E5C13738DDDAB0994DA405B858DF1D3
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=MEX19150426.2.6
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=66&dat=19150221&id=_lgDAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iSgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6152,128912

The Boxing Records website has some information on Hagney's boxing career, including his 1917 Buenos Aires bout against Luis Firpo. Note that Hagney's boxing career is brief and not very successful:
http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=32710&cat=boxer
http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Frank_Hagney

It's always interesting to click through excerpts of newspaper headlines and clippings at the Google newspaper archives at: http://news.google.com/newspapers. 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 Hagney: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22frank%20hagney%22%20site:news.google.com/newspapers&source=newspapers&gws_rd=ssl
Frank S. Hagney: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22frank%20s.%20hagney%22%20site:news.google.com/newspapers&source=newspapers&gws_rd=ssl




(From Old Corral image collection)

The above lobby card from THE RAWHIDE KID (Universal, 1928) is one of the strangest western lobby cards in my collection. Above from left to right are: Tom Lingham, Frank Hagney, Hoot Gibson, Georgia Hale and William H. Strauss. I asked Hans Wollstein for info on this 1928 Universal silent, and he writes: "This is a curious western in which Hoot, as the very Irish Dennis O'Hara, comes to the aid of a Jewish haberdasher, Simon Silverberg (William H. Strauss), and his daughter Jessica (Georgia Hale). Town boss Frank Hagney attempts to drive the Silverburgs out of town but Gibson beats him in the Big Race, winning not only a heap of money but also the hand of Jessica. I'm sure this western was inspired by 'Abie's Irish Rose' and its many successors both on Broadway and in Hollywood."



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Kermit Maynard gives Budd Buster an overhead toss while Frank Hagney looks on from the left in a lobby card from WILD HORSE ROUND-UP (Ambassador/Conn, 1936). In this one, Hagney is employed by brains heavy John Merton.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Jack Randall is on the piano and behind him from L-to-R are Frank Hagney, unidentified player (black hat), Oscar Gahan, Chick Hannan/Hannon, unidentified blonde saloon gal, Archie Ricks, and an unidentifed tall galoot in a scene from RIDERS OF THE DAWN (Monogram, 1937), Randall's first starring oater. Hagney was a henchman working for Warner Richmond. The blonde actress doesn't appear to Peggy Keys, who was the heroine in this western.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is the title lobby card from THE LONE RIDER AMBUSHED (PRC, 1941). In this yarn, Houston has a dual role - as Tom Cameron (The Lone Rider) and the outlaw Keno Harris. From L-to-R are George Chesebro, Jack Ingram, Frank Hagney (kneeling) and an unidentified performer. In this, Hagney was "Blackie Dawson", the brains heavy.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from left to right are Hal Price, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Frank Hagney and George Houston as Tom Cameron, the Lone Rider in a lobby card from THE LONE RIDER FIGHTS BACK (PRC, 1941). Notice the height of Houston who towers over the other players. This was another Lone Rider adventure with Hagney as the boss, and his henchies included Frank Ellis and Curley Dresden.



(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 an unidentifed player. 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.



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