|Floyd Taliaferro Alderson becomes "Wally Wales", the "Cowboy Prince", in silent oaters for Lester F. Scott Jr.'s Action Pictures.|
SILENT starring films for Action Pictures.
Most are among the lost / missing / unavailable.
|1925||TEARIN' LOOSE||Jean Arthur||Richard Thorpe|
|1925||THE HURRICANE HORSEMAN||Jean Arthur||Robert Eddy|
|1925||GALLOPING ON||Jessie Cruzon||Richard Thorpe|
|1926||VANISHING HOOFS||Alma Rayford||J. P. McCarthy|
|1926||ACE OF ACTION||Alma Rayford||William Bertram|
|1926||DOUBLE DARING||Jean Arthur||Richard Thorpe|
|1926||TWISTED TRIGGERS||Jean Arthur||Richard Thorpe|
|1926||THE FIGHTING CHEAT||Jean Arthur||Richard Thorpe|
|1927||RIDING RIVALS (see footnote)||Jean Arthur||Richard Thorpe|
|1927||THE CYCLONE COWBOY||Violet Bird||Richard Thorpe|
|1927||TEARIN' INTO TROUBLE||Olive Hasbrouck||Richard Thorpe|
|1927||THE MEDDLIN' STRANGER||Nola Luxford||Richard Thorpe|
|1927||SKEDADDLE GOLD||Betty Baker||Richard Thorpe|
|1927||WHITE PEBBLES||Olive Hasbrouck||Richard Thorpe|
|1927||SODA WATER COWBOY||Beryl Roberts||Richard Thorpe|
|1927||THE DESERT OF THE LOST||Peggy Montgomery||Richard Thorpe|
|1928||DESPERATE COURAGE||Olive Hasbrouck||Richard Thorpe|
|1928||SADDLE MATES||Peggy Montgomery||Richard Thorpe|
|1928||THE FLYING BUCKAROO||Duane Thompson||Richard Thorpe|
|Richard Thorpe (1896 - 1991) helmed most of the Wales films as well as many of the Buffalo Bill Jr. and Buddy Roosevelt silents for Lester F. Scott's Action Pictures. Thorpe spent most of his later years at MGM directing many Tarzan films, spectacles such as IVANHOE (MGM, 1952) with Robert Taylor, Mario Lanza in THE GREAT CARUSO (MGM, 1951), and Elvis Presley in JAILHOUSE ROCK (MGM, 1957) and FUN IN ACAPULCO (MGM, 1963). Thorpe was the director on Judy Garland's THE WIZARD OF OZ ... but was replaced by George Cukor ... who was replaced by Victor Fleming.|
Also on Lester F. Scott's payroll was future A film actress Jean Arthur. She was the leading lady in six of the Wales silents, four with Buffalo Bill, Jr., and a couple with Buddy Roosevelt.
Footnote: some sources list RIDING RIVALS / RIDIN' RIVALS as one of the Buddy Roosevelt series. Theater advertisements from 1927 confirm that RIDING RIVALS starred Wales and Jean Arthur - clippings:
Above - trade ad for Wales' second batch of westerns for Lester F. Scott Jr.'s Action Pictures. These 1926 - 1927 releases were initially distributed by Associated Exhibitors and then by Pathe.
Trade ad for the 1926 - 1927 series of silent oaters starring Buddy Roosevelt, Wally Wales, and Buffalo Bill, Jr. from Lester F. Scott Jr.'s Action Pictures ... and released through Pathe's exchanges.
Trade ad for the 1927 - 1928 release season which was the last batch of silent westerns from Lester F. Scott Jr.'s Action Pictures ... and our three heroes are now two. Buddy Roosevelt had jumped ship and in early 1928, he began a series of westerns for Rayart.
(From Old Corral collection)
Above is a still from the Wales silent WHITE PEBBLES (Action Pictures/Pathe, 1927). That's Wales third from the left with his shirt unbuttoned. And on the far right with vest and disheveled hair is old timer Harry Todd. The WHITE PEBBLES director was Richard Thorpe who helmed most of the Wales silents. Could the player wearing the vest and dark hat be a youngish Bob Burns?
(Image courtesy of Jay Wilsey's granddaughter and
daughter, Tamera Mankini and Frances Eldene Wolski)
Above from left to right are Bill Cody, an unidentified man, Wally Wales, and Jay Wilsey (Buffalo Bill, Jr.) is kneeling. This was taken circa 1927 during a Pathé Company/Pathé Exchange exhibitor/distributor get-together. The back of this still has a notation of "Jean Brainerd Okla City" which may be the unidentified man. Wilsey and Wales were starring in westerns for Lester F. Scott Jr.'s Action Pictures and distributed by Pathé. Circa 1927, Bill Cody also did a few silents for Pathé. There's a few more photos of Wilsey, Cody and Wales from this Pathé meeting in the Old Corral section on Buffalo Bill, Jr.
Lester F. Scott Jr.
(1892 - 1958)
Full name: Lester Fremont Scott, Jr.
Photo right is of Scott circa 1922.
Lester Fremont Scott, Jr. was born March 14, 1892 in Los Angeles to Lester Fremont Scott, Sr. and Carrie Betts. Father Lester was a busy and respected real estate developer, broker, and mining engineer and involved in several mining ventures in the 1910s - 1920s.