Harry Carey Sr. plays Trigger Carson in the action-packed talking Western, "The Last of the Clintons" (William Berke Productions 1935). Distributed by Ajax Pictures Corp. and others under the states rights system.
Original 11x14-inch lobby card.
Carey was 56 and living in Saugus when he signed to do a series of Westerns for Berke. As one biographer notes, he "brought maturity to the films, much as William Boyd did for the
'Hopalong Cassidy' Westerns, making the cheaply made oaters better by his presence and reliable performances. Carey would continue have a successful, lengthy career as a character actor,
garnering a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 1939 for his performance in 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'
Last of the Clintons co-stars Betty Mack,
Victor Potel (as Jed Clinton),
Tom London and
Uncredited cast includes:
Tex Palmer and
The director is Harry L. Fraser, who also wrote the story and the scenario (screenplay). Robert E. Cline is behind the camera; Arthur A. Brooks, editor; William L. Nolte, assistant director;
Clifford A. Ruberg, sound recording engineer; Francis Walker, stunt double; Lee Zahler, musical director. Runtime: 59 minutes.
Actor Harry Carey (Sr.) acquired a homestead at the mouth of San Francisquito Canyon in 1916 and established a rancho. The ranch included the Carey's wooden ranch home
as well as several outbuildings and the Harry Carey Trading Post, which was a tourist attraction that included billed entertainment from Navajo Indians and other performers,
along with a store that sold Western and Indian curios. The ranch was occasionally used for filming. The Careys'
son, Harry Carey Jr. (Dobe), who would follow in his father's acting footsteps, was born in the Carey ranch home in 1921.
The trading post washed away in the St. Francis Dam disaster of March 1928 and was not rebuilt. The Indians left about a month earlier, son Dobe said in a 2005 interview.
Dobe said a shaman saw "a big crack and predicted it would break." The ranch house was situated at a higher
elevation and survived the flood, only to burn down in 1932. The Careys replaced it by building a Spanish adobe home, which they sold with the
rancho in 1945.
Harry Carey was born Henry DeWitt Carey II on January 16, 1878 on 116th Street in the Bronx section
of New York City. His father was a special-sessions judge and president of a sewing machine company.
Harry attended a military academy but declined an appointment to West Point, instead trying his hand as a playwright.
According to the Internet Movie Database: In 1911, his friend Henry B. Walthall
introduced him to director D.W. Griffith, for whom Carey
was to make many films. Carey married twice [correx: 3 times; see here], the [third]
time to actress Olive Fuller Golden (aka Olive Carey),
who introduced him to future director John Ford. Carey influenced Universal Studios head Carl Laemmle
to use Ford as a director, and a partnership was born that lasted until a rift in the friendship in 1921.
During this time, Carey grew into one of the most popular Western stars of the early motion picture,
occasionally writing and directing films as well. In the 1930s he moved slowly into character roles
and was nominated for an Oscar for one of them, the president of the Senate in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
(1939). He worked once more with Ford, in "The Prisoner of Shark Island" (1936), and appeared
once with his son, Harry Carey Jr., in Howard Hawks' "Red River" (1948).
He died Sept. 21, 1947,
in Brentwood, after a protracted bout with emphysema and cancer. Ford dedicated his remake "3 Godfathers"
(1948) "To Harry Carey — Bright Star Of The Early Western Sky."
Carey would appear in at least 233 films, including short features, between 1909 and 1949.
Further reading: Harry Carey Ranch: Historic American Buildings Survey No. CA-2712.