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Above - Jean Carmen using the screen name of Julia Thayer as the rider of the paint horse in THE PAINTED STALLION (Republic, 1937) chapterplay.
Julia Thayer / Jean Carmen

(Real name: Jean Carmean which was shortened to Jean Carmen and changed again to Julia Thayer while at Republic)

1914 - 1993

Born in Portland, Oregon on April 7, 1914, this lady's film career spanned a half-dozen years during the 1930s. As a youngster, Jean worked on the stage in Fanchon and Marco revues. Carmen was working at RKO and was one of the starlets selected as a 1934 WAMPAS Baby Star (the group was mainly utilized to publicize two films, Paramount's KISS AND TELL and Mascot's YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL).

She made a few westerns with cowboy heroes Bob Steele, Fred Scott, Jim Newill (Renfrew series), and the Three Mesquiteers. When she signed with Republic to do THE PAINTED STALLION serial, her name was changed to Julia Thayer.

Bigger roles and greater stardom were not in the cards for Carmen/Thayer. After THE PAINTED STALLION, she wound up doing bit and minor supporting parts - an example is Jean as one of the three 'singing sisters' in the Three Stooges western themed short, YES, WE HAVE NO BONANZA (Columbia, 1939). She was unbilled in this two-reeler which starred Moe/Larry/Curly, and the western baddies were Dick Curtis and Lynton Brent.

Somewhere in my dusty archives, I think there is a follow-up article/story about Jean Carmen. As best I can recall, she married, lived in Europe, did a film or two, had her own film production company in Rome, Italy, attended a couple of film conventions here, etc.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Julia Thayer / Jean Carmen:

Thayer/Carmen also did some plays, and the Internet Broadway Database (IBDb) has her listed as a replacement in the role of "June Stanley" in the Monty Woolley comedy "The Man That Came To Dinner", circa 1939-41 in New York City:

(Courtesy of Bill Sasser)

Jean Carmen at the 1987 Charlotte Film Fest. She also attended the 1989 Charlotte Festival.

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Julian Rivero is the Spanish-garbed gent on the far left. William Desmond and Earl Dwire are in the darkened doorway. Blackie Whiteford is restraining hero Tom Tyler, and burly Dick Alexander has the butt of his six-shooter aimed at Tom's head. The heroine is Jean Carmen, who would later change her screen name to Julia Thayer and become the rider of the titled horse in Republic's cliffhanger, THE PAINTED STALLION (Republic, 1937). Prone on the step is Hank Bell, minus his usual moustache. From Tyler's BORN TO BATTLE (Reliable, 1935).

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Above - Thayer/Carmen in her PAINTED STALLION costume.

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Back row from left to right are Max Terhune, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, the gagged baddie is Robert Walker, and Bob Livingston is on the far right. Jean Carmen (Julia Thayer) and young Sammy McKim look on in this still from GUNSMOKE RANCH (Republic, 1937), one of the Three Mesquiteers adventures.

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Above, Jean has won negotiations on who does the clothes washin' in this scene with melodious Fred Scott from IN OLD MONTANA (Spectrum, 1939).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Jean Carmen, James Newill, Milburn Stone, and Roy Barcroft in a scene from CRASHING THROUGH (Monogram, 1939), one of the Renfrew of the Royal Mounted adventures. On the stairs, and about to deliver a crushin' blow to Newill's noggin, is Iron Eyes Cody. In later life, Milburn Stone became 'Doc' on TV's long running GUNSMOKE.

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