a.k.a. James Adams
, a.k.a. Jimmy Adams
of The Ranch Boys
, (4 October 1888 - 19 December 1933) was a silent-screen comedian.
In 1921 Adams starred in two-reel comedies for Educational Pictures
and Al Christie
. The slightly built, pencil-mustached Adams has been described by historian Kalton C. Lahue as "a poor man's Charley Chase
." Like Chase, and unlike the other comics at Educational, Adams favored situation comedy over slapstick.
He briefly replaced Mack Sennett
comic Harry McCoy
in the cartoon-inspired Hall Room Boys
series (produced by Harry Cohn
and Jack Cohn, later of Columbia Pictures
). By 1924 Adams was back with Educational.
Christie hired Adams for six comedies released in 1926 and 1927. The Christie comedies were more polite and less extreme than the slam-bang comedies of other studios, but Christie's soft-pedal comedy style did find an audience. Star comedians Jimmie Adams, Bobby Vernon
, Lige Conley, Neal Burns
, and Billy Dooley
constituted a lineup that was no threat to Hal Roach
, but nevertheless entertained millions with a style than neither Roach or Mack Sennett
could or would provide.
Adams was also a singer. In 1930 he co-starred with burly comic Bud Jamison
as "The Rolling Stones," a pair of singing vagabonds touring America. Adams also sang with The Ranch Boys, a musical group featured in Charley Chase
Adams died of myocardial infarction
at age of 45, in Glendale, California