~Allene Ray~

Born: January 2, 1895 in San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died: May 5, 1979 (age 84) in Temple City, California, USA
Gun Cargo (1949) ,,, Helen - Stowaway

Westward Bound (1930) ... Marge Holt
The Indians Are Coming (1930) ... Mary Woods

Overland Bound (1929) .., Mary Winters
The Black Book (1929) ,,, Dora Drake
Hawk of the Hills (1929) ,,, Mary Selby
The Terrible People (1928) ... Nora Sanders
The Yellow Cameo (1928) ... Kay Cottrell
The Man Without a Face (1928)
Hawk of the Hills (1927) ... Mary
Melting Millions (1927) ,,, Judy Winslow
The House Without a Key (1926) ... Carry Egan
Snowed In (1926) ... Shirley Kane
Trails End (1925) ... Dorothy Simmons (as Allie Ray)
The Green Archer (1925) ... Valerie Howett
Play Ball (1925) ... Doris Sutton
Sunken Silver (1925) .,, Claire Standish
Galloping Hoofs (1924) ,,, Carole Page
Ten Scars Make a Man (1924) ,,, Jean Morell
The Fortieth Door (1924) ... Aimee
The Way of a Man (1924) ... Ellen Meriwether
Times Have Changed (1923) ... Irene Laird
Your Friend and Mine (1923) ... Marie Mertens
Partners of the Sunset (1922) ... Patricia Moreland
West of the Rio Grande (1921) ... Eileen Nawn
On the High Card (1921)
Ramon, the Sailmaker (1920)
Honeymoon Ranch (1920) ...Blue Bonnet

A Modern Lochinvar (1919)
Squatter's Right (Short) (1919)
The Trail's End (Short) (1919)
The Wildcatter (1919)
Crossed Trails (Short) (1917) ... Lula
American silent-screen heroine Allene Ray (born Allene Burch) became Pearl White's replacement as the
Pathé company's leading serial star in the 1920s. The company had first picked Mollie King, but King did
not enjoy the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of serials and retired. The second choice, Juanita Hansen,
proved a liability because of a rather public battle with drug addiction and was dropped after completing
only two serials. Enter Allene Ray, whose prior experience in films was a couple of cheap Westerns
produced near her hometown of San Antonio, TX. Although a retiring personality in private life, Miss Ray
proved amazingly amenable to the hardships of the serial genre and was willing to try almost anything at
least once. According to one of her directors, Spencer G. Bennet, Ray never once exhibited the
temperament "so common to stars, even in the serial realm."

After trying out several would-be partners -- including Harold Miller, Jack Mower, Johnnie Walker, and
Bruce Gordon -- Pathé finally found the ideal co-star for Ray in former Biograph player Walter Miller, an
actor who theretofore had mostly played villains. It proved a winning combination, and the Ray-Miller
team went on become the struggling Pathé company's top box-office performers, remaining so until the
advent of sound more or less put a halt to the mostly outdoor serial activity. At liberty after leaving
Pathé, Ray was rescued by Universal, who cast her opposite Tim McCoy in The Indians Are Coming, the
first all-sound serial. More an athletic presence than an actress in any established sense, Ray was
ill-equipped to tackle dialogue. Wearing an ill-fitting blond wig and hauling extra pounds didn't help
either, and she earned the worst reviews of her career. The last of the silent serial queens, Allene Ray
ultimately met a peril from which there was no escape: talkies.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com