Paul Dellinger authored our original biography on Allan Lane in 1999. This supplement from ye Old Corral webmaster is to document any corrections as well as new and updated information and confusion on Lane, his family, his marriages, etc.
This supplement is a work in progress and was last updated on: July 27, 2013. If anyone has further info on Lane's life and career, please shoot an e-mail to Chuck Anderson, the Old Corral webmeister.
(Courtesy of Gerald Griffore)
Above - a very young Allan Lane circa 1930 and about 21 years of age.
LANE AT NOTRE DAME - NOPE!
As to Lane playing football at Notre Dame - over the years, no one has found any traces of Lane/Harry Leonard Albershart attending that South Bend, Indiana university. Lots of folks have checked with Notre Dame over the years... and so has ye Old Corral webmeister. If he had played for the "Fighting Irish", his boss would have been the legendary Knute Rockne who was Notre Dame's football coach from 1918-1930.
THE "ENHANCED" LANE BIOGRAPHY - WHEN AND WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Lane's biography has him born in 1904, a graduate and super athlete at Notre Dame, more. But we know that most of that was crafted by Lane, his agent, a movie studio, or some combination. Over the years, ye Old Corral webmaster has searched for clues about when this enhanced biography was created.
"Though born in Mishawaka, Indiana, Allan --- who until recently was known as Harry Albers --- moved to South Bend, where his newspaper-selling career commenced."
In summary - during the first half of 1929 while at Fox, Harry Leonard Albershart, then known as Harry Albers, became Allan Lane.
AT WARNERS-FIRST NATIONAL
A February 11, 1931 newspaper article mentions: "Alice Brady ... appears at the Broad Street Theater, Newark, this week in her new vehicle "Zero Hour", which is shown just prior to her Broadway premier ...". Prominent cast members are listed with some background information on each. At the tail-end of the article, there's a half-dozen or so performers who are menioned by name only, and included is Allen Lane (spelled Allen with an "E").
APPROXIMATELY FOUR YEARS AWAY FROM HOLLYWOODLAND: DOING STAGE PLAYS, OPERATING A PHOTOGRAPHY/PHOTO ILLUSTRATOR BUSINESS, PLAYING PRO OR SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL???
There is an approximate four year period - from late 1932 through late 1936 - when Lane exited Hollywood and the movie business. During that time, scuttlebutt is that he did some plays (in Cincinnati and other locations) and also worked for and/or owned a photography/photo illustrator studio in New York City (and that work may have included some print ads for large corporate clients). There is a Summer, 1937 newspaper tidbit which could be true or planted by Lane's employer at that time, 20th Century Fox. It reads (partially): "Allan Lane ... when he headed the company of New York photographic illustrators known as "Allan Lane, Inc."" Sadly, the 1932-1937 New York city directories and telephone books are not online. Hopefully, an Old Corral visitor will volunteer to visit the New York City Public Library and do a check for an Allen Lane residence and business.
"I have him playing in 1934 with the East Orange Tornadoes, as a halfback. After five games, he and two other players quit because the team owed them money ($130 in Lane's case), and he finished the season with the Paterson Panthers, a new team that year. That's the only season where he shows up with any team I know about. It was also the second (and last) season for the Cincinnati Reds in the NFL, and he could easily have been in camp with the Reds, and played an exhibition game or two with them, before joining Orange. I have Lane's college listed as Occidental, and whether I got it from a newspaper or a program, it's not guaranteed to be right. But I checked a Notre Dame media guide, which lists the members of the teams each year, and Lane (or Albershart) isn't included. He could've played as a freshman or something, I suppose; if there's any real evidence that he did play at Notre Dame, I'd like to know."
Football book author John Maxymuk has a website which includes listings of the 1929-1930 Orange/Newark Tornado players. Lane or Albershart is not on the list: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~maxymuk/home/ongoing/orange.html
Likewise, Lane or Albershart is not on the Orange/Newark Tornado roster at the databasefootball.com website: http://www.databasefootball.com/teams/teampage.htm?tm=NRK&lg=nfl
Nor was he listed at the Pro Football Reference website: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/tor/lineups.htm
The East Orange Tornadoes (Orange, New Jersey) became the Newark Tornadoes, and only existed for two seasons, 1929 and 1930: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Tornadoes
NFL records indicate that the Cincinnati Reds were a National Football League team that played the 1933 season and the first eight games of the 1934 season before shutting down due to financial issues / missed dues to the NFL. There's a history of the team at:
The Pro Football Reference website has no info on a Lane or Albershart playing during the Cincinnati Reds brief lifespan:
Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson, New Jersey is a National Historic Site and has info on the Paterson (New Jersey) Panther team which was formed in 1934 and went through several permutations until it became a Philadelphia Eagles farm club in 1950: http://www.hinchliffestadium.org/football/panthers.php
WHERE WAS LANE BETWEEN HIS LAST STARRING WESTERN, EL PASO STAMPEDE (1953), AND THE START OF MR. ED???
There were two Red Ryder TV pilots made, and neither became regular television programs. The first was in 1951 and starred Jim Bannon. Allan Lane starred in the second pilot, which has a 1955 copyright date in the opening credits, and was titled "Gun Trouble Valley". He wears a single gun, chaps, a light colored shirt and white hat. Louis Lettieri portrayed Little Beaver. A very young James Best is in the cast (Best was Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the DUKES OF HAZARD TV show). The credits at the end note a 'Red Ryder Production' and using the facilities of 'Flying A Productions' (which was Gene Autry's production company). Directing was George Archainbaud, who helmed many of the Hopalong Cassidy films as well as Gene Autry's post World War II westerns at Columbia Pictures. No mention of "Allan" in the opening credits - Lane is billed as "Rocky Lane".
He was a car salesman in Los Angeles.
Over the years, I've received e-mails from a few Albershart and Dayhuff family members. One mentioned that the original German spelling of the Albershart surname was Albershardt (with a "d"). The "d" was silent when pronounced and was dropped.