My Grandfather: Wally Vernon

I was going through some old pictures this week and came across a lot of pictures of my grandfather.  My grandfather was in a ton of movies and I thought I would put a few pictures out here.

Below is a picture of the cast from the movie “Charlie Chan at Treasure Island”.  In the picture are Cesar Romero (on the far left), and the cast of the movie.  My grandfather, Wally Vernon, is third from the right.

Wally Vernon in "Charlie Chan at Treasure Island"

Here is my grandfather in “Happy Landing”. He’s in the middle.

Wally Vernon in "Happy Landing"

My grandfather was killed by a hit and run driver while crossing the street.  Here is the info on his death. He was a wonderful man.

Wally Vernon news clipping
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27 thoughts on “My Grandfather: Wally Vernon

  1. Dear Bob,

    Your grandfather was a tremendously gifted entertainer: fantastic dancerand very funny guy–as the adlibbing in the clip from quare Dance Jubilee testifies. His resemblance to Alan Jenks (he’s in another Alice Faye picture, Tin Pan Alley) was enough to make me wonder whether it was WV I was seeing–until I saw the credits at film’s end. But then, could Jenks dance? Do cartwheels?

    I watch Alexander’s Rag Time Band for all its fun, but quite frankly, what I most look forward to and enjoy is your grandfather’s two numbers. A New Yorker myself, I hear the sound of the Big Apple in every syllable of Wally’s spoken lines. I reflect on his background–in vaudeville, as a very young performer? I had two great-aunts who began that way in New York–at the then-respectable Coney Island–just a bit before your grandfather. One of them went on to silent film and was mother of actress Ann Dvorak.

    What a time, what an era! And Wally Vernon still strutting his stuff for the pleasure of all of us. It’s wonderful.

    Arthur

  2. Wally Vernon does a great dance number in Alexanders Ragtime Band, I enjoy watching it over and over again. thanks.

  3. In 1968/1969 I delivered perscriptions from Canyon Square Pharmacy to your Grandfather on a regular basis.
    Whenever I went there I knew an excuse for time on the road would be necessary. Your Grandfather always intrigued me with his captivating experiences. So many adventures with stories to match. I was honered to know your Grandfather. I also met wife Mary who was very loving. I went to UCN in 1970 and didn’t hear of his Death. A terrible end for a man that followed his dream.

  4. I’m not sure what order you mean but if you want to download any of the pictures, just right click on the picture and save it. You’re welcome to any of them.

  5. hi bob ……………..

    got you quite by accident, was looking fior another wally and the name wally vernon came up, which set me wondering was it the same guy who used to partner eddie quillan in the comedy shorts we as kids in liverpool used to watch at the saturday matinee in the 50s……this was all i knew ….wally vernon and eddie quillan in……….whatever. i had no idea that he was such a consummate entertainer, couldnt get anything from alexanders ragtime band but found the footage of the hillbilly soft-shoe and was knocked -out!

    glad to have re-acquainted myself

    thank you bob

    best, michael moon (merseyside)

    a.k.a. mick

  6. I always loved anything Wally Vernon did. I love his “This is the Life number from Alexander’s Ragtime Band. I leaned the lyrics and taught them to a couple of my grandchidren when they were toddlers When they sang it back, I usually got comments from my wife and daughter about what I had been teaching their children. Wally was, and still is one of the very best. Taught in vaudiville. We dont have entertainers like that anymore. Don in Massachusetts.

  7. Hi Bob,
    If you’re not sitting down, please do. I’m sitting with my mother, ihe older twin of Wally Vernon and Ann Lambert. (They were born on 7-18-26).
    I enjoyed the videos of our grandfather, and wonder who you are.
    My mother, aunt, and I would like to share some stories with you.
    We are astonished to find an ongoing family and fan club.
    Please reply.
    -John Troy

  8. HI Bob,
    I came across your site while doing some research into my family’s genealogy. My great-grandfather (James Webb) was an orphan from London England who eventually settled in Toronto, Canada in the late 1800’s. Before he died my father related a story that Wally Vernon was his cousin. My great-grandfather had a brother named Walter who emigrated to the States (don’t know where) and was living in Florida in the 1950’s. According to my dad, Walter (Webb) was the original Jiggs of Maggie and Jiggs fame and was Wally Vernon’s father. Do you happen to have any details of your grandfather’s background that might corroborate this story?
    Thanks and regards
    Allan Webb

  9. I knew Wally for many years.He called me once from Florida,and said he was”busted” could I send him $200 to get back to L.A. for a picture. I did and never heard from him again. A REAL phony!!
    Jerry Perchesky actor

  10. Dear Dr Robert M. Meyers,

    Your Grandfather had parents, they were my great grandparents. Your grandfather had a sister, Ethel Webb, she was my Grandma. He had nephews, one was his first nephew, my Dad, John H. Longe. Your grandpa was known as Uncle Wally and often came to our family reunions held each year.
    Your Grandpa’s parents were known as the Original Vaudeville act Maggie and Jigs. He and his sister performed also, she was known as little baby Ethel. They were great tap dancers. I have a treasure trove of pics of the New York marquees showing Maggie n Jigs name, I have the declaration of intent from your grandparents when the left England and settled into NYC. A picture from James Cagney stating how Wally always stole the show. Wally used to own a bar with Shemp from the Three Stooges in Los Angeles too. So much history, I’d love to see your pics some time.

    Walter Vernon Webbs great nephew,

    Gerald “Jerry ” Longe

  11. when I worked in the local cinema as a projectionist we always showed wally Vernon and eddie quillan Columbia comedy shorts and also the feature films he acted in…very sadly missed

  12. Dr. Bob, it was a real pleasure and blessing to sit with you in your office at our old alma mater on April 17, 2014. We are so glad that you included your grandfather as the three of us exchanged memories and relationships from bygone years. We hope you are enjoying Genie’s recently published book “Dancing my way through hell!” The reviews are getting more and more interesting. We are waiting for yours! Sincerely, (Rev.) Richard E. Richey (hs ’45, bc ’49), Genie (hs ’45)

  13. I had never heard of Wally Vernon until I saw 2 movies he did with Allan “Rocky” Lane in the 1940s, “Stagecoach to Monterey” and “Silver City Kid.” He was clearly a wonderful actor and his humor and performance reminded me very much of the Three Stooges, great physical comedy and machine-gun-fast verbal comedy as well!

  14. Yes, I saw that – it was Shemp! I watched far too much of the Three Stooges than was good for me back in the 50s and 60s!! :o) Wally’s delivery and pratfalls (not to mention his NY accent) in several places in those 2 films were exactly like those of the Stooges. Great stuff.

  15. Hi Bob, there are a lot of interesting stories from these fans that I’d like to talk about with you. Please email me so we can exchange our contact information. Thanks!

  16. I was a young truck driver in the early 50’s when I met Wally Vernon.He was grooming a dog in the rear of a coffee shop in Carteret,NJ. He was very gracious and took time to talk to me. I just watched him in an old movie on TV and Googled him. That meeting was 80yrs ago and I never forgot it.

    Vinny DiMurro
    December 7, 2014

  17. Hi, this is Ingo from Germany! I dont know WALLY VERNON before. But this Morning i took a look through the Dvd from I SHOT BILLY THE KID and i was impressed what a famous Actor he was! I google his name and find this site! I am very glad to see some other pics from him! Best Ingo.

  18. Hi, My name is Renee Renfro and my grandma was Mary “Maddie” Frances Renfro Vernon. My grandma was married to Wally Vernon. My dad’s name is Bryan Renfro. I never met Wally because I wasn’t born until 1971. Since my grandma is also burried at Forest Lawn my dad and I would go visit Wally’s grave. I have since gone and I still go and visit his grave site along with my grandma. Thanks, Renee Renfro

    P.S my email is renee.renfro@yahoo.com

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