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The Phantom Cowboy (1935)

Ted Wells, Jimmy Aubrey
 

Released in 1935: (running time 50 minutes) A rodeo cowboy and his side-kick are thrown into a deadly dispute between a gold miner and a saloon owner.

Produced by Nathan Hirsh

Directed by Robert J. Horner

The Actors: Ted Wells (Bill Collins, cowboy / Jim Russell, gold miner), Doris Brook (Ruth Rogers), George Chesebro (Buck Houston, saloon owner), Jimmy Aubrey (Ptomaine Pete, side kick), Richard Cramer (Hank Morgan), Lew Meehan (Crooked Foreman Mason), Frank Clark (The Sheriff), James Sheridan (Jack Rogers), and Rosamond Wagman (rancher's daughter), Edna Aslin (Pete's dancing partner), Barney Beasley (henchman Dick), William Desmond (barfly), Jack Evans (henchman), Oscar Gahan (fiddle player and stage passenger), Allen Greer (henchman), Herman Hack (henchman), Al Haskell (accordion player), Charles Le Moyne (Deputy Sheriff), Carl Mathews (henchman), Milburn Morante (barfly), Tex Palmer (stage driver), Fred Parker (saloon waiter), Wally West (barfly)

 

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Jimmy Aubrey, the side-kick in this cowboy adventure, appeared in close to five hundred movies and claims that he was born in Bolton in Lancashire county England in 1877. As a physical Vaudeville style comedian with the Fred Karno British comedy troupe, he visited America on tour, and later returned to became a comedian in silent motion pictures, often with Babe Hardy and Stan Laurel. He seems to have revealed very little about his heritage, and I found some clues, but nothing for sure.

Jimmy Aubrey used several screen names in his first films, including Jim Aubrey and James Whitehead. The 1891 England and Wales census shows a two-year-old James Whitehead born at 36 Charles Rupert Street in Bolton, Little Bolton. His father, James Whitehead, was 32 years old, and his mother Margaret was thirty-years-old. He had three sisters and one brother.

Margaret Aubrey was born in Lancarvan Glamorganshire Penmark about the same time actor Jimmy Aubrey’s mother was born, but I can find no record of her marriage to anyone and can find no evidence that this was actually his mother. Lots of clues that fit, but no real proof.

Ted Wells, the cowboy hero in this story, was a popular silent movie cowboy star, but when sound was added to motion pictures, he was usually used for bit parts. For a few years he was the stunt double for William Boyd in the Hopalong Cassidy series, also appearing as an uncredited extra in the Hopalong Cassidy movies.

In this adventure the two cowboys are on their way to a rodeo to earn some cash when a runaway stage coach passes them. They manage to save the maiden in the stage coach, but soon lose their clothing and horses to a mysterious phantom bandit. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Doris Brook, Ted Wells
Doris Brook, Ted Wells
Doris Brook
Doris Brook
Doris Brook, Jimmy Aubrey
Doris Brook, Jimmy Aubrey
Doris Brook, Ted Wells
Doris Brook, Ted Wells
Doris Brook, Ted Wells
Doris Brook, Ted Wells
Doris Brook, Ted Wells
Doris Brook, Ted Wells
Doris Brook
Doris Brook
Doris Brook
Doris Brook
Edna Aslin
Edna Aslin
Frank Clark
Frank Clark
George Chesebro
George Chesebro
George Chesebro, Doris Brook
George Chesebro, Doris Brook
George Chesebro, Richard Cramer
George Chesebro, Richard Cramer
George Chesebro
George Chesebro
George Chesebro
George Chesebro
James Sheridan
James Sheridan
James Sheridan, Doris Brook, Ted Wells
James Sheridan, Doris Brook, Ted Wells
James Sheridan, Doris Brook
James Sheridan, Doris Brook
James Sheridan, Ted Wells
James Sheridan, Ted Wells
James Sheridan
James Sheridan
James Sheridan
James Sheridan
James Sheridan
James Sheridan
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Richard Cramer
Richard Cramer
Rosamond Wagman
Rosamond Wagman
Ted Wells
Ted Wells
Ted Wells
Ted Wells