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Raymond Hatton (1887-1971)

Moo Raid, February 13, 1960 Written by John Meston, Story by Les Crutchfield, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Raymond Hatton, Lane Bradford, Robert Karnes, Tyler McVey, Richard Evans, Ron Hayes, John Close, Clem Fuller

Although he was an extremely versatile actor, Raymond Hatton will probably always be remembered as a cowboy sidekick. He was short, stocky and burly looking with a homespun demeanor and a slightly gravelly voice. He was born July 7, 1887 in Red Oak, Iowa the son of a Quaker physician. His 65 year career began in vaudeville and stock theatre and on to silent films where he starred in DeMille's "The Squaw Man" (1914) in a bit part, his film debut and the first feature film made in Hollywood. In the 1920s he starred in a series of comedies with Wallace Beery, in the 1930s he appeared as a sidekick to cowboy stars including Johnny Mack Brown and Buck Jones...often as a character called Sandy Hawkins. He appeared in over 300 films, many of them silents, including: "The Circus Man" (1914) as Ernie Cronk; "Oliver Twist" (1914) a silent as The Artful Dodger; "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) with Lon Chaney, as Gringoire; "Fireman Save My Child" (1927) as Sam; "Alice in Wonderland" (1933) as the Mouse; "Rustlers of Red Dog" (1935) a serial as Laramie; "G-Men" (1935) as The Man; "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938) as Peter Dugan; "Kit Carson" (1940) as Jim Bridger; "Unconquered" (1947) as Fort Venango Scout; "The Golden Hawk" (1952) as Barnaby Stoll and "In Cold Blood" (1967) in a bit part, his final film. He died of a heart attack on October 21, 1971 in Palmdale, California at the age of 84.

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