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Al St. John

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Gawky, loose-limbed Al St. John performed from childhood with his family in vaudeville and burlesque around his home state of California, perfecting an athletic bicycle act that would stand him in good stead for the remainder of his career. Despite his parents' misgivings about "the flickers," St. John was persuaded to enter films by the success of his uncle, Mack Sennett star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. St. John became a "Keystone Kop" in that famous congregation's very first film, The Bangville Police (1913), supported Charles Chaplin and Marie Dressler in the feature comedy Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), and then followed Arbuckle to Comique, where he and the young Buster Keaton functioned as "second bananas" to the hefty star. On his own, St. John starred in Educational comedies (one, The Iron Mule [1925], directed by his now disgraced uncle under the pseudonym of William Goodrich), all along developing his patented rube personality complete with oversized overalls and porkpie hat.St. John himself later claimed that a deal with the Fox company went sour and that he suddenly found himself more or less blacklisted by the major studios. He did appear in one of Roscoe Arbuckle's comeback shorts, Buzzin' Around (1933), but by the mid-'30s he seemed all washed up. To keep food (and, it was rumored, quite a bit of spirits) on the table, St. John switched gears and began pursuing a career in independently produced B-Westerns. He played a variety of characters, both major and minor, before almost accidentally stumbling over the particular role that would sustain him for the rest of his career and make him perhaps the favorite sidekick among kids -- that of the limber, baggy-pants braggart Fuzzy Q. Jones.Poverty Row company Spectrum had originally intended for Melody of the Plains (1937) to co-star singer Fred Scott with Fuzzy Knight but he proved unavailable and the script was simply never changed. St. John became so popular in the role that, by 1940, he was playing Fuzzy in no less than three Western series simultaneously, PRC's Billy the Kid and Lone Rider programmers and Republic Pictures' Don "Red" Barry vehicles. He remained with the Billy the Kid/Billy Carson Westerns when star Bob Steele was replaced by Larry "Buster" Crabbe and was still Fuzzy Q. Jones in 1947 when Crabbe left in favor of Humphrey Bogart-lookalike Al "Lash" LaRue. In quite a few of these downright poverty-stricken potboilers, St. John provided the only glimmer of entertainment. As LaRue often remarked, "Fuzzy could stumble over a match stick and spend 15 exciting minutes looking for the match." In other words, kids didn't really go to see a Buster Crabbe or Lash LaRue Western, they went to see Fuzzy.Al St. John was unique among B-Western sidekicks in that he actually carried his films rather than the easily disposable leading men. Both Crabbe and LaRue were well aware of that and remained steadfast in their praise for the diminutive performer. When the LaRue era finally ended with a short-lived television series, Lash of the West (1953), St. John returned to the boards and continued making personal appearances until his death from a heart attack.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Lone Rider Fights Back
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Oh, Doctor!
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet The Black Lash
  • Fuzzy Q. Jones
1952
No Score Yet The Daltons' Women
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Outlaw Country
  • Fuzzy
1949
No Score Yet Dead Man's Gold
  • Fuzzy Q. Jones
1948
No Score Yet Stage to Mesa City
  • Fuzzy
1948
No Score Yet Cheyenne Takes Over
  • Fuzzy Jones
1947
No Score Yet The Fighting Vigilantes
  • Fuzzy Q. Jones
1947
No Score Yet Return of the Lash
  • Fuzzy Jones
1947
No Score Yet Pioneer Justice
  • Fuzzy
1947
No Score Yet Border Feud
  • Fuzzy Q. Jones
1947
No Score Yet Law of the Lash
  • Fuzzy Jones
1947
No Score Yet My Dog Shep
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Outlaw of the Plains
  • Fuzzy Jones
1946
No Score Yet Overland Riders
  • Fuzzy Jones
1946
No Score Yet Ghost Town Renegades
  • Fuzzy Jones
1946
No Score Yet Prairie Badmen
  • Fuzzy Jones
1946
No Score Yet Ghost of Hidden Valley
  • Fuzzy Q. Jones
1946
No Score Yet Gentlemen with Guns
  • Fuzzy Jones
1946
No Score Yet Terrors on Horseback
  • Fuzzy
1946
No Score Yet Prairie Rustlers
  • Fuzzy Jones
1945
No Score Yet Stagecoach Outlaws
  • Fuzzy Jones
1945
No Score Yet Gangster's Den
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet His Brother's Ghost
  • Andy Jones/Jonathan Fuzzy Jones
1945
No Score Yet Lightning Raiders
  • Fuzzy Q. Jones
1945
No Score Yet Shadows of Death
  • Fuzzy Jones
1945
No Score Yet Border Badmen
  • Fuzzy Jones
1945
No Score Yet I'm from Arkansas
  • Farmer
1944
No Score Yet Wild Horse Phantom
  • Fuzzy Jones
1944
No Score Yet Oath of Vengeance
  • Fuzzy Q. Jones
1944
No Score Yet The Drifter
  • Fuzzy Jones
1944
No Score Yet Frontier Outlaws
  • Fuzzy Jones
1944
No Score Yet Thundering Gunslingers
  • Fuzzy Jones
1944
No Score Yet Devil Riders
  • Fuzzy Jones
1943
No Score Yet Cattle Stampede
  • Fuzzy Jones
1943
No Score Yet Death Rides the Plains
  • Fuzzy Jones
1943
No Score Yet Dead Men Walk
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet My Son, the Hero
  • Night clerk
1943
No Score Yet The Kid Rides Again
  • Fuzzy Jones
1943
No Score Yet The Renegade
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Raiders of Red Gap
  • Fuzzy Jones
1943
No Score Yet Fugitive of the Plains
  • Fuzzy Jones
1943
No Score Yet Prairie Pals
  • Hank Stoner
1942
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Trapped
  • Fuzzy
1942
No Score Yet The Lone Rider and the Bandit
  • Fuzzy
1942
No Score Yet Along the Sundown Trail
  • Lawyer Crandall
1942
No Score Yet Law and Order
  • Fuzzy Q. Jones
1942
No Score Yet Outlaws of Boulder Pass
  • Fuzzy Jones
1942
No Score Yet Valley of the Sun
  • Man on Street
1942
No Score Yet The Lone Rider Crosses the Rio
  • Fuzzy
1941
No Score Yet Ghost Mine
  • Fuzzy
1941
No Score Yet Border Roundup
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Billy the Kid in Santa Fe
  • Fuzzy Jones
1941
No Score Yet Li'l Abner
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Billy the Kid in Texas
  • Fuzzy
1940
No Score Yet Murder on the Yukon
  • Bill Smithers
1940
No Score Yet Billy the Kid's Gun Justice
  • Fuzzy
1940
No Score Yet Trigger Pals
  • Fuzzy
1939
No Score Yet Call of the Yukon
  • Joe
1938
No Score Yet Frontier Scout
  • Whiney
1938
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Trail
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet The Rangers' Roundup
  • Fuzzy
1938
No Score Yet Saturday's Heroes
  • Andy Jones
1937
No Score Yet Roamin' Cowboy
  • Fuzzy
1937
No Score Yet A Lawman Is Born
  • Root
1937
No Score Yet Sing, Cowboy, Sing
  • Biff
1937
No Score Yet The Fighting Deputy
  • Fuzzy Jones
1937
No Score Yet A Face in the Fog
  • Elmer
1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Returns
  • Luke
1936
No Score Yet Bar 20 Rides Again
  • Cinco
1936
No Score Yet Trail Dust
  • Al
1936
No Score Yet Pinto Rustlers
  • Mack
1936
No Score Yet Law of the 45's
  • Stony Martin
1935
No Score Yet Trigger Tom
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Riders of Destiny
  • Bert
1933
No Score Yet His Private Secretary
  • Garage Owner
1933
No Score Yet Police Court
  • Skid
1932
No Score Yet Riders of the Desert
  • Slim
1932
No Score Yet The Painted Desert
  • Buck
1931
No Score Yet Hell Harbor
  • Bunion
1930
No Score Yet Oklahoma Cyclone
  • Slim
1930
No Score Yet She Goes to War
  • Bill
1929
No Score Yet The Dance of Life
  • Bozo
1929
No Score Yet Silent Movies... Just for the Fun of It!
  • Actor
1926
No Score Yet Comedians, The - V. 5
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet The Iron Mule
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet Back Stage
  • Stagehand
1919
No Score Yet The Cook
  • Holdup Man
1918
No Score Yet Good Night, Nurse!
  • Surgeon's Assistant
1918
No Score Yet The Bell Boy
  • Desk Clerk
1918
No Score Yet Out West
  • Wild Bill Hickup
1918
No Score Yet Coney Island
  • Old
1917
No Score Yet The Rough House
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet The Butcher Boy
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet Buster and Fatty
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet Mabel & Fatty
  • Actor
1916
No Score Yet Keystone Comedies, Vol. 1
  • Actor
1915
No Score Yet Films of Fatty Arbuckle
  • Actor
1915
No Score Yet The New Janitor
  • Elevator Boy
1914
No Score Yet The Rounders
  • Bellhop
1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Married Life
  • Delivery Boy
1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Busy Day
  • Actor
1914
No Score Yet The Knockout
  • Boxer
1914
No Score Yet Mabel at the Wheel
  • Henchman
1914
No Score Yet Tango Tangles
  • Guest in Convict Costume
1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Strange Predicament
  • Actor
1914
83% Tillie's Punctured Romance
  • Policeman
1914
No Score Yet Trigger Men
  • Actor
No Score Yet Gabby Hayes Show, The - V. 1
  • Actor

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