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Whatever happened to Arthur Trimble? Still alive?

PostFri Feb 26, 2010 9:17 pm

Anyone know whatever happened To Arthur Trimble who starred as "Buster Brown" throughout the 1920s?

One site says he was born in 1918 and another says he is still alive as of 2007. First film seems to have been in 1922. Career seems to have ended in 1929.

Outside of that I've found little else. I've had him in my eBay notifications for 4 years and its scarcely turned up anything to date (!!!).

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PostFri Feb 26, 2010 10:01 pm

I can't contribute anything about Arthur Trimble other than what I've found in the FIAF database:

BUSTER MINDS THE BABY (1928)
BUSTER TRIMS UP (1928)
BUSTER'S BUST-UP (1926)
BUSTER'S GIRL FRIEND (1927)
BUSTER'S NOSE DIVE (1925)
BUSTER'S PICNIC (1927)
BUSTER'S PRIZE WINNER (1926)
BUSTER'S SPOOK (1929)
BUSTER, WHAT'S NEXT? (1927)
KNOCKOUT BUSTER (1929)
LOOK OUT BUSTER! (1926)
MAGIC (1929)
+ 2 unidentified Buster Brown comedies at MoMA

There are also a couple of films with German titles that fit in this time frame, but it's hard to know to which English titles they correspond:
BUSTER UNTER WILDERN (1927)
BUSTER DER GUTE SAMARITER (1929)

Also with Arthur Trimble:
HEE! HAW! (1922)
SPEED BOYS (1924)
THE LITTLE DEFENDER (1925) -- not listed in IMDb, but thanks to Darren's other post, this likely belongs there.
PINK GODS (1922)

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PostSun Feb 28, 2010 6:22 am

The Buster Brown shorts that Trimble starred in for Stern Bros/Universal was a very popular kid series and ran from 1925-1929 totaling nearly fifty two-reelers.
I remember first watching a few of these that made it into the Mischief Makers package that made it into television syndication in the early 1960s.

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PostSun Feb 28, 2010 6:33 am

And yet there is something about them that is close to kiddie porn to my 2010 eye. Whenever I see one, I am reminded that Charles Lamont also cast a very young Shirley Temple as a prostitute in POLLY-TICS IN WASHINGTON.

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PostSun Feb 28, 2010 8:25 am

boblipton wrote:And yet there is something about them that is close to kiddie porn to my 2010 eye. Whenever I see one, I am reminded that Charles Lamont also cast a very young Shirley Temple as a prostitute in POLLY-TICS IN WASHINGTON.

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Really? I've never got that feeling about any of the various films in the Buster Brown series I've seen over the years.
I'll admit that Trimble looks a bit sissified in what must have even then seemed an antiquated outfit (being based on cartoonist Richard Outcault's turn of the century design of the character in his comic strip) but generally the film's work pretty well and compare favorably to some of the other kid series of the time.
Trimble was generally ably supported with Doreen Turner (playing Mary Jane) and a pre-Our Gang Pete the pup in many of the entries.
Directors included Charles Lamont (who launched the series but left soon afterwards), Francis Corby, Sam Newfield and Gus Meins.

Now if you want to see a child performer from that era who'll give you the creeps check out the unfortunate Sunny McKeen in any of the the Newlyweds and Their Baby series from Century/Universal-(1926-1929)-also based on s popular comic strip.

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PostTue Oct 12, 2010 1:51 am

According to the California Birth Index Arthur Trimble was born on 15 October 1916 in San Bernadino. Mother's maiden name was Romero.

According to California Death Records an Arthur Trimble born on 16 October 1916 and whose mother's maiden name was Romero died in San Bernadino on 27 August 1948 aged 31.
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PostTue Oct 12, 2010 2:33 am

PhilipS wrote:According to the California Birth Index Arthur Trimble was born on 15 October 1916 in San Bernadino. Mother's maiden name was Romero.

According to California Death Records an Arthur Trimble born on 16 October 1916 and whose mother's maiden name was Romero died in San Bernadino on 27 August 1948 aged 31.


:( Was there any cause of death listed?
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PostTue Oct 12, 2010 5:38 pm

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PostWed Oct 13, 2010 7:19 am

MoMA has a 35mm print of SPEED BOYS, which Steve Massa and I screened some years ago. The film co-stars a young Walter 'Spec' O'Donnell and a few other kid actors. The fact that Trimble doesn't have to carry the film (although in his other pictures usually the comedy slack is taken up by his canine co-star) makes SPEED BOYS a decent comedy short, for what it is.
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PostThu Oct 14, 2010 12:16 am

I've done a bit more digging and I think Arthur Trimble shot his wife and then himself. On Google's news archive there is a link to an LA Times article on 28 August 1948 (which can only be viewed by payment) with the headline "Man Ends Own Life After Fatal Shooting of Wife". Several Google extracts have given the text "Arthur Trlmble 32 accosted his wife Amelia 27 shortly before midnight as she" and "on the front lawn of the sister s home 853 7th St Mrs Trimble died in the County Hospital at 315 a.m. today preceding her husband in death by 17 minutes" and "Horace R Trimble a brother said Arthur was cheerful lasi night and gave no indication ol what he had in mind. They had gone downtown together and returned ...".

On the Calif. Death Index site there is a record for an Amelia Trimble who died on 27 August 1948 in San Bernadino aged 28. On the Calif. Birth Index there is a Horace J. Trimble born in 1926 (mother's maiden name Romero) and a Horace R. Trimble (1885-1952) both from San Bernadino. There is also an Edith Z. Trimble (1891-1969) whose mother's maiden name was Romero. Could be the parents.

None of this proves that this particular Arthur Trimble was the child actor. If anyone has access to the LA Times archives they could look this article up.
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PostThu Oct 14, 2010 3:46 pm

PhilipS wrote:I've done a bit more digging and I think Arthur Trimble shot his wife and then himself. On Google's news archive there is a link to an LA Times article on 28 August 1948 (which can only be viewed by payment) with the headline "Man Ends Own Life After Fatal Shooting of Wife". Several Google extracts have given the text "Arthur Trlmble 32 accosted his wife Amelia 27 shortly before midnight as she" and "on the front lawn of the sister s home 853 7th St Mrs Trimble died in the County Hospital at 315 a.m. today preceding her husband in death by 17 minutes" and "Horace R Trimble a brother said Arthur was cheerful lasi night and gave no indication ol what he had in mind. They had gone downtown together and returned ...".

On the Calif. Death Index site there is a record for an Amelia Trimble who died on 27 August 1948 in San Bernadino aged 28. On the Calif. Birth Index there is a Horace J. Trimble born in 1926 (mother's maiden name Romero) and a Horace R. Trimble (1885-1952) both from San Bernadino. There is also an Edith Z. Trimble (1891-1969) whose mother's maiden name was Romero. Could be the parents.

None of this proves that this particular Arthur Trimble was the child actor. If anyone has access to the LA Times archives they could look this article up.


Thanks for all of the information!!

Geesh, if this is truly the same kid from the movies... how depressing.
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PostThu Oct 14, 2010 5:21 pm

Don't you think they would have mentioned he was the Buster Brown of silent films if he was him. Buster Brown in the 1940s 1950s and even into the 1960s was very well known. The records you provided though do look conclusive but what bad reporting by the media back then.
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PostThu Oct 14, 2010 5:28 pm

By the way the last major star of the silent film era of the 1910s and maybe the last who actually worked in films in the teens Baby Marie Osbourne turns 99 in 3 weeks. Her follower Baby Peggy last major star of the 1920s era turns 92 in ten days. The babies are the youngest stars and will be the last to die to end the silent film era for good. I know Baby Peggy has done numerous interviews , I hope somebody has done the same for Baby Marie whos career in different aspects of the motion picture industry stretches from the beginning of Hollywood itself in 1914 till 1976 when she retired as a worker in the film costume department, she must have lots of stories, hopefully someone will get to her fast.
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PostThu Oct 14, 2010 5:31 pm

PhilipS wrote:I've done a bit more digging and I think Arthur Trimble shot his wife and then himself. On Google's news archive there is a link to an LA Times article on 28 August 1948 (which can only be viewed by payment) with the headline "Man Ends Own Life After Fatal Shooting of Wife". Several Google extracts have given the text "Arthur Trlmble 32 accosted his wife Amelia 27 shortly before midnight as she" and "on the front lawn of the sister s home 853 7th St Mrs Trimble died in the County Hospital at 315 a.m. today preceding her husband in death by 17 minutes" and "Horace R Trimble a brother said Arthur was cheerful lasi night and gave no indication ol what he had in mind. They had gone downtown together and returned ...".

On the Calif. Death Index site there is a record for an Amelia Trimble who died on 27 August 1948 in San Bernadino aged 28. On the Calif. Birth Index there is a Horace J. Trimble born in 1926 (mother's maiden name Romero) and a Horace R. Trimble (1885-1952) both from San Bernadino. There is also an Edith Z. Trimble (1891-1969) whose mother's maiden name was Romero. Could be the parents.

None of this proves that this particular Arthur Trimble was the child actor. If anyone has access to the LA Times archives they could look this article up.


There is no mention in the article of this particular Arthur Trimble having played Buster Brown, but there is a quote from his brother Horace.
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PostThu Oct 14, 2010 6:02 pm

In the 1920 census there's an Arthur Trimble living in San Bernardino whose age is given as 3 years, 5 months (the latter number is a little hard to discern). His parents were Horas [sic] and Martha; siblings were Augustine, Carmen, Marion and Henry. Only the father and eldest son Augustine have occupations listed. Master Trimble is again found in San Bernardino in 1930 (his age given as 12 and his father's name now spelled Horace) with no occupation indicated *but* a 4-year-old brother named Horace Jr. Of all that, make what ye will.

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PostSat Oct 16, 2010 10:48 pm

Darren Nemeth wrote:Thanks for all of the information!!

Geesh, if this is truly the same kid from the movies... how depressing.


Super depressing. Especially when you consider that the director of the Buster Brown series, Gus Meins, also took his own life.

It seems surprising that the media wouldn't have sought to sensationalise a crime like that. Even if Trimble himself had faded into obscurity, the character of Buster Brown was iconic. Madge Bellamy was arguably far less well known when she shot her lover (not fatally) a few years beforehand, but from what I understand, the tabloids went to town on her.
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Re: Whatever happened to Arthur Trimble? Still alive?

PostWed Aug 24, 2016 12:08 am

Here's something to maybe being taken with a grain of salt about Arthur Trimble -

Before Our Gang, Meins was the director of a Buster Brown series for Universal. Buster Brown was played by a boy named Arthur Trimble. The dog Tighe was played by Pete the Pup of later Our Gang fame. The series ran from 1925 to 1929. When Trimble grew up he got married in 1948 and went on his honeymoon. When Arthur could not meet his manly requirements for the evening his new bride called him a name associated with British cigarettes and alluded to Mr. Trimble's association with Meins. Arthur Trimble took out a pistol and shot his new bride to death and turned the gun on himself and committed suicide on his wedding night.

From here - http://www.findadeath.com/forum/showthr ... Gang/page4" target="_blank" target="_blank

Then there's this from the book, Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons by Scott Wilson.

"Trimble, Arthur 16th October 1916 - 27th August 1948 - Child actor from San Bernadino in 50 Buster Brown films, 1925-29.
An Arthur Trimble, born within a day of the child actor, listed as Mexican, shot himself in the head in San Bernadino at 32 , an apparent murder/suicide as his ex-wife Amelia died the same day & was buried with him."

And this from The San Bernardino County Sun newspaper. 1948. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/49446568/

I just copied & pasted rather than start a free trial.

"Bullet Wounds Prove Fatal to Estranged Pair Plot Apparently Had Been Planned For Over Six Weeks Ending a murder-suicide plot he had apparently planned for more than six weeks, Arthur R. Trimble, 32-year-old San Bernardino automobile mechanic, and his estranged wife, Amelia, 27, died early yesterday at the County hospital. Coroner R. E. Williams taid Mrs. Trimble, who suffered three bifllet wounds in the stomach, died at 3:15 a.m. Trimble followed In death at 3:37 just 22 minutes later. HAD BEEN SEPARATED The couple had been separated since last December and Mrs. Trimble was granted an Interlocutory decree of divorce on May 26 in San Bernardino county superior court. Friends said Trimble had been brooding over the separation from his wife and two children, Mary Diane, 9, and Richard H. Trimble, 8. Late Thursday night, Trimble drove into the driveway of Mrs. Trimble's parents' home at 853 Seventh street, just as Mrs. Trimble and her sister, Virginia Miran-des, returned from a movie. Police Chief William D. Gilchrist said Trimble told his wife ho wanted to talk with her. Then, without warning, he whipped out a .38 caliber revolver, pumped the three slugs into Mrs. Trimble's body and turned the gun on himself. Trimble died from a bullet wound in the head. NOTE DATED IN JULY Coroner Williams said Trimble left notes to his children and to his attorney. One of the notes was dated in July, Indicating that Trimble had planned the acts for some time. Funeral arrangements for both Mr. and Mrs. Trimble are in charge of the Mark B. Shaw Co. In addition to her children, Mrs. Trimble is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Vildosola of San Bernardino; four sisters, Rita Merez, Virginia Mirandes, Dolly Parra and Sally Castro, all of San Bernardino; and four brothers, John Vildosola of Los Angeles, Manuel of Tucson, Ariz., Tony of Oklahoma, and Henry of San Bernafdino. Mr. Trimble is survived by his father, Horace Trimble, of San Bernardino; two sisters, Mrs. Carmen Cisneros and Mrs. Marion Arvorez, both of San Bernardino; and two brothers, Augustine of San Pedro and Horace Trimble Jr. of San Bernardino. "BW'AH V V SLAIN Mrs. Amelia Trimble, 27, who died early yesterday morning of gunshot wounds Inflicted by her husband before he turned the doubly-fatal weapon on himself."

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