sons of the pioneers
Sunset Pass / 1933
I got this notion that I would give some of the Support Cast in Sunset Pass a nod. That would be Harry Carey, Kathleen Burke, and Noah Beery Sr. (I’ll do a whole thing on Randolph Scott at a later date. That will be a huge project.)
Wikipedia: Harry Carey (January 16, 1878 – September 21, 1947) was an American actor and one of silent film’s earliest superstars. He is credited on Internet Movie Database (IMDB) with 267 acting credits. One of his best known performances is as the President of the Senate in the drama film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was the father of Harry Carey Jr., who was also a prominent actor. Throughout the 1920s Carey was a Western Superstar who occasionally assumed screenwriting, producing and directing assignments.
In the 1948 John Ford film, 3 Godfathers, Carey is remembered at the beginning of the film and dubbed “Bright Star of the early western sky…”
Harry Carey Jr., John Wayne, and Pedro Armendariz
John Wayne said that Harry Carey “was the greatest Western actor of all time,” and paid a tribute to him by holding his right elbow with his left hand – imitating a stance Carey himself often used in his films – in the closing shot of at the end of John Ford’s classic The Searchers (1956), when he walks away from the character played by Carey’s widow Olive, and is framed by the doorway in the final scene. According to Wayne, both he and Olive wept when the scene was finished.
In 1976, Carey was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In 1987, his name was emblazoned along the Walk of the Western Stars on Main Street in Old Town Newhall in Santa Clarita, California. (His son, Harry Carey Jr. was also honored in 2005).
Early Film Crew
From Rodeo cowgirl Vera McGinnis’s photo album includes young John Ford (seated fourth from left, with cowboy hat and glasses) and Harry Carey Sr. (seated third from right). Harry Carey Jr., said the photo looked to be taken in 1917, in Placerita Canyon near Newhall, California, where the duo had filmed many of their early films. Carey Sr. and Ford made 26 silent Westerns, but only three have survived. Sadly, the rest “rotted in the cans,” Carey Jr. told True West. “Nobody bothered to even try and save ’em.”
– courtesy Jendreau family collection –
Harry had a ranch.
But he never stepped out.