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Wilsey in his sound era starring films



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from left to right are Buddy Roosevelt (with moustache), Benny Corbett, Tom London (on horseback), Wilsey and Bob Roper in a scene from WESTWARD BOUND (Webb-Douglas Productions/Syndicate, 1931). Wilsey was the star of this early sound film which was directed by Harry S. Webb, the later owner (with B. B. Ray) of Reliable Pictures of the mid 1930s.



(Image courtesy of Jay Wilsey's granddaughter and
daughter, Tamera Mankini and Frances Eldene Wolski)

Above are Wilsey and Alma Rayford (1903 - 1987) in a scene from LIGHTNING BILL (Superior, 1934), Rayford's last film. She also appeared in four of Wilsey's silent oaters.



(Image courtesy of Jay Wilsey's granddaughter and
daughter, Tamera Mankini and Frances Eldene Wolski)

Above is a still from LIGHTNING BILL (Superior, 1934). From left to right are Eva McKenzie, Bud Osborne, Alma Rayford and Wilsey.



(Image courtesy of Jay Wilsey's granddaughter and
daughter, Tamera Mankini and Frances Eldene Wolski)

Above are Jay Wilsey (Buffalo Bill Jr.) and his saddle pal Nelson McDowell in a still from LIGHTNING BILL (Superior, 1934).



(Image courtesy of Jay Wilsey's granddaughter and
daughter, Tamera Mankini and Frances Eldene Wolski)

Above is a still from RAWHIDE ROMANCE (Superior, 1934). From left to right are Si Jenks, Lafe McKee, Wilsey, Bart Carre, and in the right foreground is Clyde McClary (balding man without hat).



(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)

Les Adams identified the players in the above lobby card from RAWHIDE ROMANCE (Superior, 1934) as, from left to right: Jack Evans, Boris Bullock (AKA William Barrymore), Wilsey, Ken Broeker and Denver Dixon.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above, Buffalo Bill, Jr. is in real trouble in this scene from THE FIGHTING COWBOY (Superior, 1933). The Indian woman on the left is Marin Sais (spelled Marion in the credits); behind Marin Sais is Hamilton Steel; beside Steel is probably Jack Evans; man above Wilsey's hat is unidentified; man just to right of Wilsey is Boris Bullock; next to Bullock is chief bad guy Allan Holbrooke; next man is unidentified; the Sheriff is Ken Broeker; and the man on far right wearing glasses is Tom Pelky.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is a lobby card from RIDING SPEED (Superior, 1934), and heroine Joile Benet is chucklin' at the prone Buffalo Bill, Jr. In addition to starring, Wilsey also directed this low-budget sagebrush adventure.



(Image courtesy of Jay Wilsey's granddaughter and
daughter, Tamera Mankini and Frances Eldene Wolski)

Above is a cast and crew shot from LIGHTNING BILL (Superior, 1934), one of the ultra low budget oaters churned out by Victor Adamson/Denver Dixon. In the background is the National Recording Co. sound truck. Most of the crew members are unidentified, but the performers include Nelson McDowell, Eva McKenzie, William 'Bill' McCall, heroine Alma Rayford, Jay Wilsey (Buffalo Bill Jr.), Denver Dixon (Victor Adamson), Bud Osborne and Black Jack Ward, Below is a crop/blowup from that cast and crew shot with names added on some of the faces.

Tidbit about Eva McKenzie (upper left in the photo): her husband Bob McKenzie did a bunch of westerns, and their pretty daughter Fay McKenzie was a heroine to Bob Baker, Ken Maynard, others. To western film fans, Fay is probably best remembered as the female lead in five 1941 - 1942 Gene Autry Republic oaters.







Above - the LIGHTING spelling boo-boo in the opening title for LIGHTNING BILL (Superior, 1934). The spelling was correct in the title lobby card shown below.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)



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