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(Image courtesy of Jay Wilsey's granddaughter and
daughter, Tamera Mankini and Frances Eldene Wolski)
Jay Wilsey / Buffalo Bill, Jr. Filmography

Sound films only

Special thanks to Les Adams for providing this filmography.

Photo on the left is Wilsey in LIGHTNING BILL (Superior, 1934).


Wilsey Starring Roles - Sound films only
15 westerns and 1 non-western (railroad film)
(Titles listed in red are among the lost/missing westerns)
Release
Date
Title Producer/Company Director Heroine Wilsey Role
2/1/30 Bar L Ranch F. E. Douglas / Big 4 Harry S. Webb Betty Baker Bob Tyler
2/1/30 South of Sonora Robert J. Horner / West Coast Studios Jacques Jaccard Betty Joy Bill Tracy
5/1/30 The Cheyenne Kid Robert J. Horner / West Coast Studios Jacques Jaccard Joan Jaccard Buck Allen/The Cheyenne Kid
1/25/31 Westward Bound Webb-Douglas Productions / Syndicate Harry S. Webb Allene Ray Bob Lansing
2/15/31 Trails of the Golden West Robert J. Horner / West Coast Studios Leander De Cordova Wanda Hawley Bill
4/12/31 The Pueblo Terror Robert J. Horner / West Coast Studios Alan James Wanda Hawley Bill Sommers
1/1/32 Riders of Golden Gulch Robert J. Horner / West Coast Studios Clifford Smith Mary Dunn Bill
2/2/32 The Texan William M. Pizor / Principal Clifford Smith Lucile Browne William Lloyd "Bill" Rust
5/27/32 Dynamite Denny (non-western) Ralph M. Like Productions / Mayfair Frank R. Strayer Blanche Mehaffey Dynamite Denny
5/1/33 The Fighting Cowboy California Motion Picture Enterprises / Superior Victor Adamson Genee Boutell Bill Carson
10/1/33 Trails of Adventure Robert J. Horner / American Pictures Jay Wilsey Edna Aslin Bill Merritt
1/1/34 The Whirlwind Rider Robert J. Horner / All Star Western Film Company / American Pictures Robert J. Horner Genee Boutell Bill Reed
2/1/34 Lightning Bill California Motion Picture Enterprises / Superior Victor Adamson Alma Rayford Bill
3/1/34 Riding Speed California Motion Picture Enterprises / Superior Jay Wilsey Joile Benet Bill
4/1/34 Rawhide Romance California Motion Picture Enterprises / Superior Victor Adamson Genee Boutell Buck Cartwright
6/1/34 Pals of the Prairie William M. Pizor / Imperial Robert Emmett Tansey Victoria Vinton Bob Bentley



(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)
Wilsey directed two of his starring sound films, TRAILS OF ADVENTURE (American, 1933) and RIDING SPEED (Superior, 1934).



(Courtesy of Richard Harrison)

Above is the pressbook cover for the lost/missing TRAILS OF ADVENTURE (Robert J. Horner / American Pictures, 1933). Note the red "A WILLIS KENT PRODUCTION" on the left side of the cover.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - from the pressbook for the lost/missing TRAILS OF ADVENTURE (Robert J. Horner / American Pictures, 1933).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a lobby card from the lost/missing RIDERS OF GOLDEN GULCH (Robert J. Horner / West Coast Studios, 1932). Below that is a crop showing from left to right, Yakima Canutt, Edmund Cobb, Wilsey and an unidentified player on the ground.



Above is Albert Victor Adamson (1890-1972), acting under the name Denver Dixon, in a bit role in a 1942 Range Busters oater at Monogram. Adamson was AKA Denver Dixon, Al Mix and Art Mix (but not to be confused with the 'other' Art Mix whose real name was George Kesterson). Adamson produced various ultra low budget silent and sound western shorts and features starring himself as well as Buffalo Bill, Jr., Wally Wales, Buddy Roosevelt, Wally West, and Art Mix/George Kesterson. His production companies had various names including California Motion Picture Enterprises and Security Pictures. Adamson/Dixon was also a prolific bit player in scores of westerns. There's a section on the Old Corral devoted to Adamson/Dixon and his films.



Wilsey Support Roles, Bit Parts, Doubling and Stuntwork - Sound Films
This is a work in progress.
Release
Date
Title Star Company Wilsey Role
4/12/30 Beyond the Rio Grande Jack Perrin Big 4 Bill
8/2/30 Way Out West William Haines M-G-M Hank
10/1/30 Beyond the Law Robert Frazer Raytone Henchman
11/27/30 The Utah Kid Rex Lease Tiffany Deputy
11/3/32 Hidden Gold Tom Mix Universal Cowhand
2/2/33 Terror Trail Tom Mix Universal Prisoner
4/30/33 The Thrill Hunter Buck Jones Columbia Pilot
5/5/33 Deadwood Pass Tom Tyler Freuler Deputy
5/26/33 Rusty Rides Alone Tim McCoy Columbia Luke Quillan
6/17/33 Strange People John Darrow Chesterfield Guest
2/19/34 Wheels of Destiny Ken Maynard Universal Bill
3/1/34 Adventures of Texas Jack Wally Wales Security Bill
11/22/34 The Lawless Frontier John Wayne Lone Star Henchman
12/28/34 Neath the Arizona Skies John Wayne Lone Star Jim Moore
2/1/35 Texas Terror John Wayne Lone Star Blackie Martin
3/1/35 Five Bad Men Noah Beery, Jr. Sunset One of the Bad Men
3/15/35 Rainbow Valley John Wayne Lone Star Butch Galt
4/12/35 Princess O'Hara Chester Morris Universal Mounted Policeman
5/18/35 The Miracle Rider (Serial) Tom Mix Mascot Daniel Boone-Chapter 1 Prologue
6/29/35 The Phantom Empire (Serial) Gene Autry Mascot Muranian Soldier
7/1/35 The Roaring West (Serial) Buck Jones Universal Ranch Hand Slim
9/27/35 Powdersmoke Range Harry Carey RKO Henchman
11/26/35 The Firetrap Norman Foster Empire Bit
3/28/36 Heroes of the Range Ken Maynard Columbia Deputy
5/8/36 Avenging Waters Ken Maynard Columbia Cowhand
7/6/36 The Phantom Rider (Serial) Buck Jones Universal Deputy Tom
1/10/37 Ranger Courage Bob Allen Columbia Ranger Caps
5/11/37 Law of the Ranger Bob Allen Columbia Ranger Lt. Wells
7/1/37 Wild West Days (Serial) Johnny Mack Brown Universal Settler
7/2/37 Forlorn River Buster Crabbe Paramount Cowhand
8/8/37 The Rangers Step In Bob Allen Columbia Ranger Captain Thomas
3/13/39 Rough Riders Roundup Roy Rogers Republic Barfly
5/4/39 Blue Montana Skies Gene Autry Republic A Mountie
2/14/40 Pioneers of the Frontier Bill Elliott Columbia Henchman Durango
1/10/41 Lone Rider Rides On George Houston PRC Henchman
2/28/41 Lone Rider Crosses the Rio George Houston PRC Henchman Bart
5/16/41 Lone Rider in Ghost Town George Houston PRC Henchman
3/12/42 Lawless Plainsmen Charles Starrett Columbia Henchman Slim
11/19/43 The Dancing Masters Laurel and Hardy 20th Century Fox Stage Driver
1952 Big Jim McLain John Wayne Warners Mr. Whalen or Mr. Weyland
(Labor Relations Counselor)
Footnote: some bios/filmographies note that Wilsey had a role in Bob Allen's RECKLESS RANGER (Columbia, 1937), but that information is incorrect.


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