Jim Corey and Jim Corey

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There are two Jim Corey actors, the site has only one.  Many internet references confuse the two.  They are both buried at Valhalla Cemetery and were contemporary.

1:     James Warren "Jim" Corey (October 19, 1883 – January 10, 1956) was an American actor.    


James Warren Corey, Sr.  was born in Long Pine, Nebraska in 1883, passed away January 10, 1956 in the Los Angeles area, and interred at Valhalla Cemetery.


He appeared in over 315 films between 1914 to 1948.  He died at 61 in Burbank, California.  He is buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California.

2:     Jim Corey (March 22, 1889 – March 26, 1950) was an American actor.

Born Arthur Harrison Corey in Buffalo, New York, March 22, 1889 to Nathan Corey and Margaret Ford. He was a frequent henchman and also did stunt work. His film career began in the silents and continued through the late 1940s.

Corey is relatively easy to spot - he's thin and has a well lined face ... he wore a big, tall hat ... and packed his six-shooter on the left side.

He appeared in at least 216 westerns and 22 serials.  He is known for his work on The Champion Liar (1920), The Man with the Punch (1920) and The Danger Man (1921).  Performing primarily in western features, his credits include "The Master Key" (1914), "The Bronco Kid" (1920), "The Saddle King" (1921), "The Oregon Trial" (1923), "The Bar C Mystery" (1926), "The Shepherd of the Hills" (1941) and "In Old California" (1942).

He married Sylvia Frey (1898, Ohio) in 1917. The 1930 census has 41 year old Jim Corey, 32 year old wife Sylvia, 10 year old son Clarence H., 5 year old daughter Jean M. and 4 year old daughter Alice J. are residing in the Los Angeles area.

Corey passed away at the Los Angeles County General Hospital on March 26, 1950, the day after surgery for an abdominal aneurysm. He is buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California. More information may be found at http://www.b-westerns.com/henchie11.htm.

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(I'm not part of the IMDB team/moderators)

You can always add a biography if you've confirmed info/history. Just go to the IMDB page of the actor, click "biography" and then "Edit page". Now you can write your own biography (and add Date of Birth/Death etc).

I would say that it's also good to add sources, so I would also click "To update data for categories that aren't listed above, select this box" (then: Continue), and then "Other Corrections => Miscellaneous Comments" to where you can add various sources, web links, etc.
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While I agree that having as much information on the pages as possible will make it less likely that they'll be combined again in the future, the real problem is splitting the one page.

Do you have any information on which credits don't belong on the existing page?  If known, it/they could be split off into a second page, then the new bio, etc., could be added.

Without knowing what they both look like over the course of their careers and not being able to find most of the titles to watch and confirm them, it'd be quite a task going through all of those and deciding which credit goes with which actor.

I notice that the link you gave, with more info, says that IMDb had fixed this problem previously.  Do you know if there were two pages that were improperly merged into one at some point? If so, perhaps staff can undo the merge, leaving two pages as there should be.
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I don't think that there was ever two page, just a mis-mas of two actors using the same name.  I can find very little information on James Warren Corey.  The http://www.b-westerns.com/henchie11.htm.     website gives several census, draft registration, etc. sources for Arthur Harrison Corey. 

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a photo of James Warren Corey.

Since these two actors were extras and stunt men, they did not get screen credits for much of their work.

What would be best is to have two pages with the little information that we do have, then as other information is obtained the pages could be updated.  But with just one page, this is impossible.

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Mr. Cory,

I agree that starting a new page with the additional information would be a good start.

However, since the database is title-based, Name Pages are created when that name is added to the cast/crew of a title.  So, to start the ball rolling and get a second page made, at least one of the credits on the page (or another title, not already listed or one he's not been added to yet) would need to be moved to a new page.

Unfortunately, I can't see a way to do this without either some sort of listing showing which films belong on which page or someone watching the films and noting which actor belongs to which title.  Even if they'd had better screen crediting back then, if they both worked under the same name, it wouldn't do any good.

I don't mind helping getting them all straight (I just did this for another pair of actors from the same period, that had credits mixed and misplaced...it was quite a project...but fun...coincidentally, that actor had 5 titles in common with Jim Corey!) and if I can locate more info, I'll post.

Perhaps other have idea too?
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I know this post is a year old, but I only just stumbled across this thread. James Warren Corey (the Long Pine, Nebraska one) was my grandfather. I DID have one photo of him, at one point, which was a studio portrait of him wearing western clothing, including a hat. I gave the photo to my daughter, who has it packed away in a box somewhere. I've alerted her to your project, so hopefully she will dig it out, scan it, and send me a copy.

I was unaware that my grandfather was in the film industry, so can't help you there, but will pass along this little nugget: Grandfather had a horse named Bill, and Bill pulled a wagon all the way from Aberdeen, Washington, down to southern California. Possibly Burbank, but I don't know for certain. I like to think that Bill might have been in a movie or two, but, who knows?
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Is there a film easily available which currently isn't on the IMDB database, AND which would feature the "other" Jim Corey (March 22, 1889 – March 26, 1950)? Meaning the one that doesn't have a IMDB name yet.

Adding that film & credits would create a IMDB name for the "other" Jim Corey and at least would be a start. Biographies etc could be added after that.
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I believe the "other" Jim Corey is actually: James Warren "Jim" Corey (October 19, 1883 – January 10, 1956). Got confused and for some reason can't edit my post. Sorry.
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I contacted a regular contributor on the Contributors Help board who I thought might have some advice. He said that one of the regular helpful participants here, LuvsToResearch, had once cleared up the credits of the two Jim Coreys with the help of Chuck Anderson from b-westerns.com ("The Old Corral" web site).

If the two actors by this name used to have separate pages, then presumably IMDb can re-separate them based on how things were previously. As the regular contributor suggested, "some doofus has restarted that mess again".

So I would recommend that we try to attract the IMDb staff's attention to this thread and see if they can fix the problem before trying to redo all of LuvsToResearch's work all over again.
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That's what I feared...but hoped for (if an easy separation back to two pages can be done cleanly).

The wayback machine only shows gradual changes (additions) to the lone page.  I'd hoped there was a version with a big chuck of the current titles missing as an indication as to which belonged on the second page :(
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Thanks for posting all the information and context concerning this issue, I have reached out to our data editors who will investigate to see if there were previous entries and confirm the best way to split the page.  Once I hear back from them I will post all the relevant details here.
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Hi all,

hmm this is an interesting one. I've done a little digging and as far as we can tell there has never been a merge involving this page - all of the credits appear to have been added directly to it over its long lifespan.

There's no evidence of any credits being moved from one page to another, nor any record of any previously deleted Jim Corey pages, so it doesn't look as though this would be as simple as undoing a mistaken merge.

Gromit, you said you'd been made aware of a previous clean up attempts - do you happen to know when this would have taken place? If we can get a date it may help direct me as to where to look, but as it stands there's no evidence of it.

Alternatively, if everyone agrees that there are two distinct Jim Coreys then I can easily create a second name page - one for James Warren "Jim" Corey but sadly I wouldn't know where to begin within regards to credits.

If I were to create it, would anyone here be able to help populate it?

Thanks all

Jay
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So sorry that I missed this thread and another thanks to gromit for calling my attention to it. I will check through my files and see what I can find. Hopefully I still have the info!

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I have checked my info and find only that I added birth/death/marriage information for the Jim Corey birth name Arthur Harrison Corey back in Dec 2010. I seldom, if ever, attempted to change credits on these old western actors/stuntmen. It is feasible that I believed that someone else was to try and make those corrections once I set the birth info for one of them.

Wondering if someone can determine what this page on James Corey (II) contained? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7888677/re...
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Hi LuvsToResearch,

thanks for coming back to us and apologies for the delay in responding to you.

I've taken a look an cannot see any data having been removed from the page you've linked to above - which, since your post, has actually been changed to James SA Corey, presumably another Jim Corey entirely. All of the writing credits on there seem consistent with one another so I don't believe that this is related - the high number on the const suggests that this page was a recent creation so was unlikely to have been the home of any other credits in the past.

I'm afraid it's looking likely that if James Warren "Jim" Corey (October 19, 1883 – January 10, 1956)  and Jim Corey (March 22, 1889 – March 26, 1950) ever did have distinct pages that this information may have been lost to the annals of history, as I cannot find any evidence.

We could create a new page for James Warren "Jim" Corey and hope that someone is able to identify which credits belong there and move them accordingly?

What are your thoughts?

Many thanks

Jay
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This is what I know:

James Warren "Jim" Corey (October 19, 1883 – January 10, 1956) was an American actor.

James Warren Corey, Sr.  was born in Long Pine, Nebraska in 1883, passed away January 10, 1956 in the Los Angeles area, and interred at Valhalla Cemetery.

He left his widow, Patrice, a daughter, Mary J. Snider, and a son, James W. Corey, Jr.  Jim Corey came to movieland in 1917 and appeared in countless two-reelers and features, especially with Hoot Gibson in the silent era.  He was more remembered for his face than his name.  He appeared in well over 100 silent and sound films.  Towards the end of his acting career he played bit parts and was not listed in the credits.  The last film in which he received billing was 1943's Haunted Ranch with John King, David Sharpe and Max Terhune. (this last statement has not been verified)

He appeared in over 315 films between 1914 to 1948.  He died at 61 in Burbank, California.  He is buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California.


The internet has James Warren Corey and the following Jim Corey mixed up in several places.  I do not know the name of pictures that he was in. Even the biography of silent film actors has them confused, with a picture of the following Jim Corey attracted to the previous Jim Corey's bio.



Jim Corey (March 22, 1889 – March 26, 1950) was an American actor.

Arthur Harrison Corey

Born Arthur Harrison Corey in Buffalo, New York, March 22, 1889 to Nathan Corey and Margaret Ford. He was a frequent henchman and also did stunt work. His film career began in the silents and continued through the late 1940s.

Corey is relatively easy to spot - he's thin and has a well lined face ... he wore a big, tall hat ... and packed his six-shooter on the left side.

He appeared in at least 216 westerns and 22 serials.  He is known for his work on The Champion Liar (1920), The Man with the Punch (1920) and The Danger Man (1921).  Performing primarily in western features, his credits include "The Master Key" (1914), "The Bronco Kid" (1920), "The Saddle King" (1921), "The Oregon Trial" (1923), "The Bar C Mystery" (1926), "The Shepherd of the Hills" (1941) and "In Old California" (1942).

He married Sylvia Frey (1898, Ohio) in 1917. The 1930 census has 41 year old Jim Corey, 32 year old wife Sylvia, 10 year old son Clarence H., 5 year old daughter Jean M. and 4 year old daughter Alice J. are residing in the Los Angeles area.

Corey passed away at the Los Angeles County General Hospital on March 26, 1950, the day after surgery for an abdominal aneurysm. He is buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California. More information may be found at http://www.b-westerns.com/henchie11.htm.


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Photo of James Warren "Jim" Corey, born in Long Pine, Nebraska in 1883.
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Jane, thanks for posting this.  I will add it to my articles of famous Corys on the Cory Family Society website (www.coryfamsoc.com)
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Hi all,

thanks again for all of your findings. Just to advise, based upon the evidence supplied I have created a new page for James Warren Corey which can be found here

I've added a note to the page referencing this post with a warning not to merge it into the Jim Corey's page which should keep them distinct.

I someone fancies doing a little detective work and determine which, if any credits should be moved across then please do submit these corrections.

Hopefully we'll soon have a comprehensive listing for the forgotten James Warren Corey!

Thanks again all

Jay