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Joan Barclay

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Other names  Mary Douglas
Years active  1927–1945

Name  Joan Barclay
Role  Film actress
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Full Name  Mary Elizabeth Greear
Born  August 31, 1914 (1914-08-31) Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Died  November 22, 2002, Palm Desert, California, United States
Spouse  Leroy Hillman (m. 1945–1967), Paul Fitzgerald (m. 1943–1944), George Sullivan
Children  Lloyd Hillman, Donna Hillman-Walsh
Movies  Black Dragons, Shadow of Chinatown, Blake of Scotland Yard, The Gaucho, Phantom Patrol
Similar People  Sam Katzman, William Nigh, Sam Newfield, F Richard Jones, Charles Hutchison

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Joan Barclay (August 31, 1914 – November 22, 2002) was an American film actress of the 1930s and 1940s, starring mostly in B-movies and cliffhangers, with her career starting during the silent film era.


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Early life and career

Barclay was born Mary Elizabeth Greear in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her family moved to California when she was still a child due to her mother wishing to escape the cold climate of the north. Moving to Hollywood to pursue acting, Barclay received her first role at the age of 12, which was credited with her billed as "Geraine Greear", in the 1927 film The Gaucho, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Lupe Vélez. It would be her only silent film. In 1930, still billed as Geraine Greear, she had a minor role in King of Jazz. From 1932–35 she would have thirteen uncredited film roles.

Career in B-movies

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In 1936, Barclay's career changed for the better when she began starring in westerns opposite some of Hollywood's leading cowboy stars, including Tom Tyler, Hoot Gibson, and Tom Keene. Her first western starring role was opposite Tom Tyler in Ridin' On, followed by Feud of the West alongside Hoot Gibson, Glory Trail with Tom Keene, and Men of the Plains with Rex Bell, all in 1936. That year she received roles in other B-movies that were not westerns as well, including the 1936 crime drama Prison Shadows, which starred Lucille Lund and Edward J. Nugent, and the action/adventure film Phantom Patrol starring opposite Kermit Maynard.

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From early 1936 to 1939, Barclay had both starring and supporting roles in 35 films, almost all of which were B-movies, mainly westerns, serials, or cliffhangers. Most had her playing the role of the heroine opposite the film's hero. During the latter part of the 1930s she starred alongside such cowboy stars as Slim Whitaker, Tim McCoy, Ben Corbett, Tex Fletcher, Bob Baker and also rejoined Edward J. Nugent in the 1937 adventure film Island Captives.

Later years

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By 1940, Barclay was working steadily, averaging better than six films per year. From 1940 to 1945 she appeared in thirty four films. However, by 1943 she had begun receiving more and more uncredited roles, a trend which would only increase with time. In 1944 she appeared in six films, four of which were uncredited. In 1945, she starred in the Charlie Chan mystery The Shanghai Cobra. It would be her last film.

Personal life

Barclay married three times in her lifetime, with two children by her second marriage, to Leroy Hillman. Her last marriage was to George Sullivan, with whom she remained until his death. The couple eventually settled in Palm Desert, California.


Barclay died in Palm Desert, California, on November 22, 2002, aged 88.

Selected filmography

  • Feud of the West (1936) as Molly Henderson
  • Sky Racket (1937) as Marion Bronson
  • Outlaws' Paradise (1939) as Jessie Treadwell
  • Around the World (1943) (uncredited)
  • Rookies in Burma (1943) as Connie
  • Ladies' Day (1943) as Joan Samuels
  • Bombardier (1943) (uncredited)
  • The Falcon in Danger (1943)
  • Step Lively (1944)
  • Music in Manhattan (1944) as Chorus girl
  • Youth Runs Wild (1944)
  • The Falcon Out West (1944) as Mrs. Irwin
  • The Shanghai Cobra (1945) as Paula Webb
  • References

    Joan Barclay Wikipedia