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Remembering the Character Actresses

The veteran (older) actresses that portrayed the mother of the hero or heroine ... she was a ranch owner or wife of the ranch owner ... or a settler or wagon train member ... a housekeeper, maid, or cook ... more.



(From Old Corral collection)

Above are Sarah Padden (1881 - 1967), as feisty "Ma Conway", and Al LaRue (in his days before becoming "Lash") in singing cowboy Eddie Dean's first starring effort, the Cinecolor SONG OF OLD WYOMING (PRC, 1945). In 1946 - 1948, Padden portrayed "Mom Palooka" in the Joe Palooka series at Monogram which starred Leon Errol and Joe Kirkwood Jr. She worked in nearly 200 movies and a few TV shows and her career spanned from 1920s silents to the mid 1950s.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Sarah Padden: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0655605/



(From Old Corral collection)

Above are Charles K. French and Rose Plumer / Rose Plummer (1876 - 1955) as Bob Steele's parents in a screen capture from Steele's THE BRAND OF HATE (Supreme, 1934).

Rose appeared in about 200 films and TV shows during a twenty five year career that ran from the 1930s - mid 1950s.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Rose Plumer / Rose Plummer: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0687651/



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

The above is from LIGHTNING BILL (Superior, 1934). From left to right are Eva McKenzie (1889 - 1967), Bud Osborne, Alma Rayford, and hero Buffalo Bill Jr. (Jay Wilsey). Eva played the ranch cook. She appeared in over a hundred films beginning in silents and her last was circa 1949.

On the right is Eva's husband, character actor Bob McKenzie (1880 - 1949), and they had three daughters that wound up in movies. There was Ella, Ida, and Fay.

Daughter Fay McKenzie is best remembered as the leading lady to Gene Autry in five of Gene's early 1940s Republic oaters.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Eva McKenzie: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0372818/



(From Old Corral collection)

Standing from left to right in this still from FRONTIER OUTLAWS (PRC, 1944) are Kansas Moehring, Tex Cooper and star Buster Crabbe. Sitting from left to right are Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Marin Sais, and Frances Gladwin.

Marin Sais (1890 - 1971) began her film career in silents. She was married to Jack Hoxie but they divorced in 1925 after about five years of marriage. Her Hollywood career amounted to nearly 300 films circa 1910 - mid 1950s.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Marin Sais: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0756814/


Left - Bob Steele and Helen Gibson (1892 - 1977) in Steele's LAST OF THE WARRENS (Supreme, 1936).

Hoot Gibson's first wife was Rose Wenger, an equestrian who rode in the Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Wild West Show. She met Hoot in Pendleton, Oregon in 1913 and they tied the knot on September 6, 1913, just prior to both performing in the annual Pendleton Round-up and rodeo.

Rose Wenger Gibson went to Hollywood with hubby Hoot, and circa 1915, she took over the "Hazards of Helen" role from Helen Holmes. When that occurred, she became 'Helen Gibson'. She and Hoot divorced in 1920.

She appeared in about 200 films scattered over the years 1912 - early 1960s.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Helen Gibson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0316993/


(From Old Corral collection)



(From Old Corral collection)
Left - Robert 'Bobby' Blake was 'Little Beaver' to both Bill Elliott and Allan Lane in their 1940s Red Ryder westerns at Republic Pictures.

With Blake is Alice Fleming (1882 - 1952) who played 'the Duchess' in the early Ryder films.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Alice Fleming: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0281596/



(From Old Corral collection)

Martha Wentworth (1889 - 1974) took over the role of 'the Duchess' from Alice Fleming. Wentworth was also a gifted and prolific radio performer, and her credits include the 'Wintergreen Witch' in THE CINNAMON BEAR.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Martha Wentworth: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0921131/



(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

C. Montague Shaw, as 'Professor Faxon', is on the couch while Max Terhune, Ray Corrigan, Bob Livingston, heroine Mary Russell and other cast members look on in this scene from the Three Mesquiteers' RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (Republic, 1937). The actress kneeling and wearing a pith helmet is Fern Emmett (1896 - 1946).

Fern Emmett did small roles in about 250 A and B grade films - a good example is her portraying the secretary receiving Monty Wooley's attention when he sings "Miss Otis Regrets" in the Cole Porter biography NIGHT AND DAY (Warners, 1946). Fern was married to actor Henry Roquemore (1886 - 1943).

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Fern Emmett: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0256534/



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R in the front are Fred Burns, Maude Eburne (1875 - 1960), Carol Hughes and Hal Taliaferro. L-to-R on horseback are Bob Card, Ted Mapes and Jack Montgomery. Crop from a lobby card from the Roy Rogers starrer, THE BORDER LEGION (Republic, 1940). Some fun moments in that film with Gabby Hayes courtin' Eburne.

One of Maude's great roles was playing the feisty and tough ranch owner in George O'Brien's HOLLYWOOD COWBOY (RKO, 1937; alternate title WINGS OVER WYOMING).

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Maude Eburne: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0248291/



(Old Corral collection)

Above - Emma Tansey (1870 - 1942) and Lafe McKee as "Mr. and Mrs. Lane" in the Fred Scott KNIGHT OF THE PLAINS (Spectrum, 1938). Emma was the mother of child actor John Tansey, B western henchman Sherry Tansey, and prolific producer / director / writer Robert Emmett 'Bob' Tansey.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Emma Tansey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0849800/



(From Old Corral collection)

Above from left to right are John Wayne, Muriel Evans, Murdock MacQuarrie and Mary MacLaren (1896 - 1985) in Wayne's THE NEW FRONTIER (Republic, 1935). Her 30+ year film career ran from 1916 - 1948 and amounted to nearly two hundred movies.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Mary MacLaren: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0533712/




(From Old Corral collection)
Soledad Jiménez (1874 - 1966) was born in Spain and appeared in about 65 films during the years 1928 - early 1950s.

She played cooks, relative of the heroine ... and various ethnic roles.

Left is a screen capture of Soledad as a housekeeper in Tom Tyler's THE PHANTOM OF THE RANGE (Victory, 1936). She was credited in this, but the spelling of her name was mangled in the opening titles and credits - she's listed as "Saladad Jeminez". Spelling errors weren't unusual in the ol' B western.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Soledad Jiménez: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0423054/




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Eva Puig, Bob Steele, Gertrude Chorre, and Carl Mathews in a crop/blowup from Steele's THE NAVAJO KID (PRC, 1945).

Eva Puig (1894 - 1968) was born in Mexico and appeared in about 30 films during 1936 - 1946.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Eva Puig: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0700180/

Gertrude Chorre (1885 - 1972) was born at the La Jolla Indian Reservation in California, and a member of the Luiseño tribe. From late 1920s silents through the mid 1950s, she appeared in about twenty films, most often portraying a Native American. Her son and daughter, Sonny Chorre and Marie Chorre, also did some films beginning in the 1930s.

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Gertrude Chorre: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0159243/



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