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Wilsey and his wife Genée Boutell doing westerns for producer-director-jack of all trades Victor Adamson/Denver Dixon.


In their book Westerns Women (McFarland, 1999), Boyd Magers and Michael Fitzgerald have a lengthy writeup and interview with Genée Boutell (pronounced Ja-nay).

A few tidbits from that interview:

She was born Genevive Nellie Clark on October 5, 1913 in Los Angeles, and her stepfather was named Boutell. It was love at first sight, and she and Wilsey married in 1933 and they were together through his death from lung cancer in 1961. She later married Robert Anthony and they resided in Seal Beach, California.

Genée mentions that she was Wilsey's fourth wife and acknowledges his first was Frances (Eldene's mother). Genée also recalled meeting wives #2 and #3 - she didn't remember the name of wife number 2 but she was from his wild west show days; and wife number three was named "Laura".

A search of the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) indicates that Genee B. Anthony passed away on June 23, 2006 in Washougal, Washington.




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

Above are Wilsey and his wife Genée Boutell during a break in filming of THE WHIRLWIND RIDER (Superior, 1934). Boutell was the female lead/heroine in three of Wilsey's sound westerns - THE FIGHTING COWBOY (Superior, 1933), RAWHIDE ROMANCE (Superior, 1934), and THE WHIRLWIND RIDER (Superior, 1934).



(Image courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the title lobby card from THE WHIRLWIND RIDER (Superior, 1934). Sittin' in a tree, Wilsey and Boutell share a tender moment on the right side of this card.



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

Above is Wilsey and his wife Genée Boutell giving an assist to Si Jenks in RAWHIDE ROMANCE (Superior, 1934).



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

Above from left to right are William Barrymore/Boris Bullock (in vest), Duke Lee (suited man with the badge), George Chesebro, Genée Boutell and Wilsey in a scene from THE WHIRLWIND RIDER (Superior, 1934).


On this RAWHIDE ROMANCE poster, there are two spelling errors: the actress wife of Jay Wilsey/Buffalo Bill, Jr. was Genée Boutell, but her last name is spelled BoNtell; and Marin Sais is spelled as MariOn Sais.

This isn't the first nor last B-western to contain spelling boo-boos.



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