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Max Terhune (1891–1973)

Four years after appearing with Gene Autry on a national radio show in 1932 he went to Hollywood. By that time he Max was a skilled vaudevillian (magician, juggler, whistler, impressionist, card tricks). His specialty was ventriloquism. On the Orpheum Circuit his dummy was named Skully Null; he became Elmer Sneezeweed in the movies. His debut was ... See full bio »

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Santa Fe Stampede
Santa Fe Stampede Lullaby Joslin
Overland Stage Raiders
Overland Stage Raiders Lullaby Joslin
Arizona Stage Coach
Arizona Stage Coach Alibi Terhune
Call the Mesquiteers
Call the Mesquiteers Lullaby Joslin


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 1956 Giant
Dr. Walker (uncredited)
 1954 Annie Oakley (TV Series)
- Sharpshooting Annie (1954) ... Stark
 1954 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
- Ricky Loses His Temper (1954) ... Ventriloquist
 1953 Ramar of the Jungle (TV Series)
Jack Conway
- White Man's Magic (1953) ... Jack Conway
 1951 Jim Thorpe -- All-American
Farmer (uncredited)
 1951 Rawhide
Stagecoach Passenger from Missouri (uncredited)
 1950 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Sidney Boswell
- Danger Ahead (1950) ... Sidney Boswell
 1949 Square Dance Jubilee
 1949 Western Renegades
Sheriff Alibi
 1949 Trails End
 1949 Law of the West
Alibi Jenkins
 1948 Gunning for Justice
Alibi Parsons
 1947 Along the Oregon Trail
Max Terhune
 1944 Sheriff of Sundown
Third Grade Simms
 1944 Cowboy Canteen
Professor Merlin
 1943 Bullets and Saddles
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1943 Black Market Rustlers
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1943 Cowboy Commandos
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1943 Land of Hunted Men
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1943 Haunted Ranch
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1943 Two Fisted Justice
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1942 Trail Riders
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1942 Texas to Bataan
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1942 Arizona Stage Coach
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1942 Texas Trouble Shooters
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1942 Boot Hill Bandits
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1942 Thunder River Feud
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1941 Underground Rustlers
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1941 Tonto Basin Outlaws
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1941 Saddle Mountain Roundup
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1941 Fugitive Valley
Alibi Terhune posing asThe Professor (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1941 Wrangler's Roost
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1941 Tumbledown Ranch in Arizona
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1941 The Kid's Last Ride
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1941 Trail of the Silver Spurs
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1940 West of Pinto Basin
Alibi (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1940 Trailing Double Trouble
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1940 The Range Busters
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
 1938 Farmyard Symphony (Short) (voice)
 1938 Ladies in Distress
Dave Evans
 1937 Mama Runs Wild
 1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
Max Terhune
 1937 Boots and Saddles
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
 1937 The Hit Parade
Rusty Callahan
 1936 The Big Show
 1936 Ride, Ranger, Ride
Rufe Jones
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Unsold pilot: Starred with Ray Corrigan, Virginia Herrick and Bill Hale in western series pilot called "The Buckskin Rangers". The pilot was filmed in color with plots similar to Monogram's Range Busters B-Western series that were shot ten years earlier.

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Max 'Alibi' Terhune

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An original "backup copy" of Max's dummy, Elmer, now resides (and can be seen) at the Vent Haven Museum, 33 West Maple, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. This version of Elmer was used in performances. See more »



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