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Cast (feature film)

Week-End Pass (1944) as Farmer
Swingtime Johnny (1944) as Janitor
The Andrews Sisters take a hiatus from show business to aid the war effort. They take on jobs at a pipe-organ plant now making artillery shells. But they still find time for plenty of singing and dancing.
Barbary Coast Gent (1944) as Passenger
A bandit from the gold fields moves to San Francisco and tries to go straight.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) as Pilot
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
Beautiful But Broke (1944) as Vendor
An agent''''s secretary puts together an all-female big band to cope with wartime male shortages.
The Falcon in Danger (1943) as Guard
A society sleuth tracks a lost plane carrying $100,000.
Keep 'Em Slugging (1943) as Jailer
A gang of tough street kids decide to go straight and get jobs in order to free draft-age men for the war effort. However, because of their past tangles with the law, they can't find anybody who'll hire them. Finally one of them gets a job at the department store where his sister works, but runs afoul of a store executive who is in league with a ring of hijackers.
The Mad Ghoul (1943) as Stagehand
Curious about the effects of an ancient Mayan nerve gas on humans, a scientist exposes his young assistant and turns him into a mindless ghoul that must have human heart substance to live.
Lady of Burlesque (1943) as The Hermit
A star dancer and comedian team to investigate murders.
Taxi, Mister (1943) as Lew Kelly
A taxi driver's love for a gangster's moll could ruin the company he runs with a friend.
Crazy House (1943) as Policeman
So's Your Uncle (1943) as Doorman
Action in the North Atlantic (1943) as Tony Gonzales
A Merchant Marine crew fights off enemy attacks at the start of World War II.
The Falcon Takes Over (1942) as Coroner
A society sleuth and a lady reporter try to track down a murderous thug's lost girlfriend.
Top Sergeant (1942) as Jerry McDougall
An Army jeep is forced off the road by fleeing bandits. Sergeant Dick Manson (Don Terry), his kid brother Jack (Gene Garrick), and Corporals Frenchy Devereaux (Leo Carrillo) and Andy Jarrett (Andy Devine) follow and are joined by a posse of deputy sheriffs. Three of the robbers are killed in a shoot-out, but one of them, Al Bennett (Don Porter), escapes after wounding Jack, who dies. Bennett figures a perfect hideout would be in the Army, and becomes one of the recruits assigned to Manson. He gets into trouble because of his attitude, and particularly with Manson when he gets the Colonel's daughter, Helen (Elyse Knox), into covering up his A.W.O.L. G-Men reveal that some of the bank money has been passed at a local jewellery store. When Manson learns that Bennett has given Helen a gift trinket, he jumps at the clue, and drives her down to question the jeweler. They find him murdered. At the Army war games, Bennett blows up a bridge and several men are killed, and he diverts the blame upon Frenchy and Andy, who are court martialed for negligent homicide. Manson discovers a witness who identifies Bennett as one of the bank robbers.
Behind the Eight Ball (1942) as Hank
Sleepytime Gal (1942) as Janitor
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) as Citizen
A possessive son's efforts to keep his mother from remarrying threaten to destroy his family.
Bowery at Midnight (1942) as Doc Brooks
A college professor hides a life of crime behind volunteer work.
The Mummy's Tomb (1942) as Bartender
A high priest travels to America with the living mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) to kill all those who had desecrated the tomb of the Egyptian princess Ananka thirty years earlier.
In Old California (1942) as
Boston pharmacist Tom Craig comes to Sacramento, where he runs afoul of local political boss Britt Dawson, who exacts protection payment from the citizenry. Dawson frames Craig with poisoned medicine, but Craig redeems himself during a Gold Rush epidemic.
Jesse James, Jr. (1942) as Driver
Shut My Big Mouth (1942) as Westerner
(Com ''42,BW). Joe E. Brown, Adele Mara, Victor Jory, Fritz Feld, Don Beddoe, Pedro de Cordoba, Lloyd Bridges, Forrest Tucker, Chief Thunder-Cloud. A meek easterner (Joe E. Brown) unwittingly becomes sheriff of a western town and resorts to dressing in drag in order to foil the plans of the villainous Victor Jory. One of Joe E. Brown''s most popular comedies.
The Gay Falcon (1941) as Jailor
A society sleuth tries to break up an insurance scam.
Last of the Duanes (1941) as Old timer
In 1870 Texas a man (Montgomery) comes home to find his father murdered. He trails an outlaw till he finds out he's part of a gang, then calls in the Texas Rangers.
The Great Train Robbery (1941) as Dad Halliday
Cyclone on Horseback (1941) as Madison
A young contractor fights off outlaws out to sabotage the telephone line he's building.
Road Agent (1941) as Luke
Reissued by Realart Pictures in 1953 as "Texas Road Agent", with a title change because RKO had just made a 1952 film using this title, and this was the first year that Universal's "Road Agent" was known as "Texas Road Agent" and that was not a 1941 alternate title as shown by some revisionist-history sources. The actual 1941 filming title was "The Sonora Kid." Duke Masters (Dick Foran) and his two pals, Pancho (Leo Carrillo) and Andy (Andy Devine), are undercover agents for an express company sent to round up a gang of bandits who have been holding up stages carrying gold to the cattlemen of the district. They begin by hijacking a gold shipment from the three bandits who took it from the stage. They take it to town and drop it at the bank. The money was the annual payment to the cattlemen, who are excitedly surrounding bank president Sam Leavitt (Samuel S. Hinds). Steve (John Gallaudet) and the two gunmen who helped him rob the stage are in the crowd. They report this unexpected turn of events to their boss, Big John Morgan (Morris Ankrum.) Morgan tries unsuccessfully to pin the original robbery on Duke and his pals. He later confers with Leavitt who is an unwilling tool in the holdups. Morgan tries to decoy Duke, Pancho and Andy out of town while his gang holds up the bank, but Duke, with the help of Leavitt's daughter, Patricia (Anne Gwynne), beats them to it and cleans out the bank himself, taking the money to Leavitt's home to cache. But Morgan, Steve and the gang are in pursuit.
Footlight Fever (1941) as Jarvis
Two producers will stop at nothing to raise money for their big show.
It Started with Eve (1941) as Old Man Mose
To please his dying father, a man hires a hatcheck girl to pose as his fiancée.
Sunny (1941) as Stage door keeper
Honky Tonk (1941) as Miner
A young girl falls for a western gambler.
Men of Boys Town (1941) as Gas station manager
Father Flanagan continues to fight for his pioneering orphanage.
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941) as Driver
A young doctor's wedding turns into a tragic event.
Little Men (1941) as Postman
A con artist tries to save the boarding school where his son has found a home.
Lucky Devils (1941) as Process server
Unexpected Uncle (1941) as Band member
A bored retiree decides to play matchmaker.
Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) as Mr. Slocum
An ambitious young teacher, Shirley, arrives in a small town to assume the vice-principal position of the school. She soon runs afoul of the ruling family of the town and becomes the scapegoat of a local feud.
Young People (1940) as Farmer
Shirley's last film on her 20th Century Fox contract (aged 12). Her parents (Oakie, Greenwood) decide to retire from show biz so she can have a normal life. They are unwelcome in the small town until a storm lets the family show their stuff. Clips from earlier films fill in Shirley's background.
Lucky Cisco Kid (1940) as Stage dispatcher
Cisco and Gordito arrive to find there is an outlaw operating in the area who is assumed to be the Cisco Kid. When a reward is offered for his capture and a large shipment of money goes out, Cisco is on hand. Seeing the gang rob the stage he goes after them only to be wounded. The gang leader leaves Cisco's handkerchief at the scene and now he is wanted for the murder he tried to break up.
Shooting High (1940) as John
Jane Pritchard (Jane Withers) sides with the Carsons in a generations-old feud which her family wages with the descendents of Wild Bill Carson, first United States Marshal of Carson Corners. Will Carson (Gene Autry) insists that a Pritchard killed his grandfather when the Marshal came into town on a marauding expedition led by The Hawk. Will maintains his grandfather had joined the gang to trap the leaders and a trigger-happy Pritchard had kept him from doing so. A crew from Signet Pictures comes to town to film the story of Wild Bill's life. Will is in love with Jane's sister, Marjorie (Marjorie Weaver)but her banker-father opposes the match. Will and Marjorie argue, and she becomes infatuated with Bob Merritt (Robert Lowery), who is to co-star in the film with Evelyn Trent (Kay Aldridge, billed as usual at TCF as Katharine Aldridge.) Jane and Sheriff Clem Perkle (Hobart Cavanaugh) get rid of Merritt by telling him the townspeople are going to ride him out of town on a rail. Movie director J. Wallace Rutledge (Hamilton McFadden)agrees to let Will play the role of his grandfather. On the day a bank robbery scene is to be filmed at Pritchard's bank, four supposed actors who have joined the troupe turn out to be bank robbers for real. The townspeople, seeing Will chasing after the robbers, assume he was part of the gang and has reverted to what they consider the character trait of the Carson family.
The Westerner (1940) as Ticket man
A drifter accused of horse stealing faces off against the notorious Judge Roy Bean.
Alias the Deacon (1940) as Bus station manager
20 Mule Team (1940) as
A miner fights his way across Death Valley to beat out the competition.
Thunder Afloat (1939) as Gob
An old sailor is duped into joining the Navy, where he runs into a longtime rival.
Blondie Meets the Boss (1939) as Milkman
Blondie fills in for Dagwood at the office, so he can go on a fishing trip.
The Arizona Wildcat (1939) as Miner
Mary Jane Patterson finds an old poster in the attic offering a reward for the capture of bandit "El Gato", whom she recognizes as Manuel Hernandez, her adopted father. He jokingly tells her that the members of his band, which robbed from the rich to give to the poor, ar now all respected citizens in their town of Mineville, Arizona. Donald Clark (William Henry), a stranger, recognizes the crooked town-Sheriff Richard Baldwin (Henry Wilcoxin) as the man he is hunting as the murdered of his father, but is outdrawn and shot by the sheriff. The wounded Clark escapes and makes his way to Manuel's house, where a group is entertaining schoolteacher Caroline Reid (Pauline Moore.) The sheriff and his men capture Clark, but Mary Jane mounts a horse and gallops away, and throws a rock through the windows of each member of El Gato's band with a message reading: "Be prepared---We Ride Again. El Gato." And also a note into the sheriff's office warning him that El Gato will ride again unless Clark is released inside of 24 hours. Manuel knows nothing of this the next day when he walks down the street and is puzzled by the mysterious winks of his friends and their whispered assurances that they are ready. But he leads his men against the sheriff, and soon finds himself under arrest and on trial charged with kidnapping the prisoner, stealing a gold shipment and killing the Wells Fargo agent.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) as Pilot
Mark Twain''''s classic troublemaker helps a runaway slave escape to the North.
Saga of Death Valley (1939) as Meredith
When Tasker kills Roy Rogers he takes one of his young sons. Fifteen years later the other son Roy arrives buying a ranch in the valley where Tasker now controls the water supply. Roy organizes the ranchers for a showdown with Tasker not knowing that his brother is Tasker's chief henchman.
Ambush (1939) as Farmer
Three Texas Steers (1939) as Postman
Nancy Evans, lovely circus owner, has a ranch that she's never visited, but for sentimental reasons won't sell to Mike Abbott. Her partners, secretly in league with Abbott, sabotage the circus to force Nancy to sell the ranch; instead, she goes there to live. Will her neighbors, the Three Mesquiteers, be a match for the secret swindlers? And what's so valuable about that run-down ranch anyway?
Painted Desert (1938) as Pete
A cowboy and a bandit face off over possession of a valuable mine.
The Man from Music Mountain (1938) as Bowdie Bill
Scanlon is pulling off a land swindle by selling lots in a ghost town claiming the power company is bringing in a line. As a bonus he throws in shares in a worthless gold mine. Gene is on to Scanlon and tries to get him to buy back the deeds by salting the mine with gold. But when a new vein is really discovered Gene has to stop the sales but is trapped in the mine by Scanlon's men.
Lawless Valley (1938) as Fresno
After doing time for a crime he didn''t commit, a cowboy tries to find the men who framed him.
Tough Kid (1938) as Regan
Flirting with Fate (1938) as Herbie
Born to Be Wild (1938) as Reilly
Secrets of a Nurse (1938) as Telephone man
When battered prize-fighter Lee Burke (Dick Foran) is taken to the West Side hospital, nurse Katherine MacDonald (Helen Mack) leaves her romantically-inclined patient, wealthy attorney John Dodge (Edmund Lowe) to take care of Burke. She discovers that Burke was doped by his handler, Churchill (George McKay), on instructions from gambler Joe Largo (Leon Ames) so the latter can win a $5000 bet from Burke's manager Slice Cavanaugh (Paul Hurst.) Largo orders henchman Larry Carson (Horace MacMahon) to bump off Churchill to keep him from talking. Katherine talks Burke into quitting the ring and Dodge belittles the ex-boxer by getting him a job as a bellhop. Cavanaugh, desperate for money, calls Burke yellow and when Burke happens upon the scene where another Largo henchman, Smiley (Paul Fix), has killed the manager, Burke is tried for the murder.
The Overland Express (1938) as Fred Greeley
Wild Money (1937) as Deaf old man
True Confession (1937) as Court captain
A compulsive liar, married to a scrupulously honest lawyer, confesses to a murder she didn''''t commit to help further his career.
High, Wide and Handsome (1937) as Carpenter--foreman
The setting is a small town in 1870s Pennsylvania. Sally Waterson and her father have stopped in town with their traveling medicine show, but when their wagon catches fire, they find themselves stranded. They're taken in by Mrs. Cortlandt and her grandson, Peter, who is trying to set up a pipeline that will supply oil throughout the state. Sally and Peter soon fall in love and marry. Neither their marriage nor Peter's pipe dreams flow too smoothly.
Mountain Music (1937) as Mailman
Make a Wish (1937) as Mailman
While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his widowed singer mother and Rathbone.
All over Town (1937) as Martin
Breezing Home (1937) as Head politician stooge
Western Gold (1937) as Ezra
Forlorn River (1937) as Sheriff Jim Henry Warner
Paradise Express (1937) as Tom Wilson
It Happened Out West (1937) as Gus
Bank employee assigned to tell Arizona rancher her property is no good gets suspicious when her foreman agrees. Turns out his banker boss and the foreman know there's silver on that property.
Westbound Limited (1937) as Chief dispatcher
Small Town Boy (1937) as The judge
The Crime of Dr. Forbes (1936) as Joe
Injured scientist Eric Godfrey asks his protege to give him a fatal dose of opiates to end his misery. When he dies the doctor is accused of murder.
Rose of the Rancho (1936) as Coach driver
Crash Donovan (1936) as Janitor
Laughing at Trouble (1936) as Ed Johnson
A man convicted of murder escapes from jail and hides out in the home of a smalltown newspaper publisher who has befriended him. She knows who the real killer is.
Wild Brian Kent (1936) as Bill Harris
Polo player Brian stops in a Kansas town and find a girl and her aunt needing money to keep their ranch. He also finds his new real estate partner is the crook trying to do the women out of their ranch.
Wanted! Jane Turner (1936) as
A postal detective tracks the gang that robbed a mail truck and killed the driver.
Ellis Island (1936) as
Lady Luck (1936) as
Three of a Kind (1936) as Sergeant Cogarty
Winds of the Wasteland (1936) as Rocky
The arrival of the telegraph put Pony Express riders like John Blair and his pal Smoky out of work. A race will decide whether they or stageline owner Drake get the government mail contract.
Devil's Squadron (1936) as Night watchman
Rainbow on the River (1936) as Cabman
Young Phillip Ainsworth, (Bobby Breen), an orphan of the US Civil War, has been lovingly raised by Toinette, (Louise Beavers) a former slave. Toinette has big plans for the boy. She has saved her money to send him to a private school. But when the local priest, Father Josef, (Henry O'Neill) finds Phillip's family living in New York, the boy is sent north to live with people who refuse to accept him as their own. His only friend is the butler, Barrett, (Charles Butterworth). But his curmodgeon of a grandmother, (May Robson) is finally broken down by the boy's charm and good manners, and all ends happily. Along the way Breen has ample opportunity to show off his voice by singing several songs, including the title song three times.
The Man I Marry (1936) as Counterman
Timothy's Quest (1936) as Sheriff
The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936) as Sheriff
A Missouri farmer's love for his hunting dog triggers a feud that divides the county.
Pennies From Heaven (1936) as Sheriff
A singer gets mixed up with a grieving family and a haunted house.
Spring Tonic (1935) as Bum
The Lone Wolf Returns (1935) as Customs officer
Public Opinion (1935) as The postman
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) as Adolph Berg
A henpecked husband''''s lie gets him in trouble at home and at work.
Ship Cafe (1935) as Lunch wagon man
Diamond Jim (1935) as Bartender
The Nitwits (1935) as J. Gabriel Hazel
Two cigar-stand attendants get mixed up in a murder investigation.
Society Fever (1935) as Hanley
The Affair of Susan (1935) as Concessionaire
Goin' to Town (1935) as Colton gardener
When her fiancée Buck Gonzales is killed, dance hall queen Cleo Borden inherits his wealth. Included are oil wells supervised by British engineer Carrington, whom Cleo sets out to win by becoming a "lady." She races her horse in Buenos Aires, gains social position by loveless marriage to bankrupt Colton, and even sings in an opera. But when she meets Carrington again, he's become the Earl of Stratton...
Fighting Youth (1935) as Policeman
The Gay Deception (1935) as Hotel carpenter
Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she does get to be a queen after all.
Vagabond Lady (1935) as Old cronie
A department store owner''''s sons compete for his secretary''''s heart.
Death from a Distance (1935) as Detective Regan
Circumstantial Evidence (1935) as Taylor
The County Chairman (1935) as Station agent
Mississippi (1935) as
A young pacifist after refusing on principle to defend her sweetheart's honor and being banished in disgrace, joins a riverboat troupe as a singer, acquires a reputation as a crackshot after a saloon brawl in which the villain of the piece accidentally kills himself with his own gun, falls in love with his former fianceé's sister and finally bullies an apprehensive family into accepting him.
Annapolis Farewell (1935) as Officer on Congress
Two Fisted (1935) as Attendant
The Key (1934) as Angular man
A British officer stationed in Ireland falls for the wife of an intelligence man.
Six of a Kind (1934) as Joe
The Whinneys share expenses for their trip to Hollywood with George and Gracie and thier great Dane. A clerk in Whinney's bank has put fifty thousand dollars in a suitcase, hoping to rob Whinney on the road, but instead Whinney takes another road and is himself arrested in Nevada.
Port of Lost Dreams (1934) as [First hospital] detective
Fifteen Wives (1934) as Connelly
Shortly after his arrival from South America to New York, Steven Humbolt is found dead in his apartment at the Savoia Hotel. Inspector Decker Dawes (Conway Tearle) investigates the case and although the cause of death is described as apoplexy, Dawes is convinced it as murder, especially after he learns that Humbolt had been married fifteen times. The widows come from all over the world but three of them live in NYC; Sybilla Crum (Margaret Dumont), a noted evangelist; Carol Manning (Natalie Moorhead), recently remarried to a man named Arnold; and Ruby Cotton (Noel Francis.) A detective is sent to Philadelphia to try to learn the identity of the sender of a box of flowers delivered to Humbolt's room before his death. Dawes calls on Carol Manning Arnold, who says she had married Humbolt five years ago, and that he had disappeared after stealing all her money and she was told he had died in South America. But he had recently shown up trying to blackmail her as she had not told Arnold of the marriage. The autopsy shows that Humbolt was killed by hydrocyanic acid gas and that the broken glass globe, found by Dawes, was a Helmholtz resonator, a well-known device that can be broken by sound-waves. Sybilla Crum goes to the district attorney to try to stop the investigation, while Dawes also learns that, unknown to her husband, Carol maintains an apartment in her maiden name. Dawes hears a radio program featuring The Electric Voice (Ralf Harolde) in which the latter demonstrates the power of sound waves emanating from his voice in breaking glasses, ringing bells and other feats. When the Voice emits a sound that is supposed to break glass, a Helmholtz resonator on Dawes' desk breaks.
The Human Side (1934) as Junk man
The Old Fashioned Way (1934) as Sheriff Jones
The manager of a travelling theatre cons an entire small town to keep his troupe afloat.
Take the Stand (1934) as
Helldorado (1934) as Printer
Man of the Forest (1933) as Matt Hawkins
Beasley, who is after Gayner's land, plans to kidnap his daughter. But Dale overhears their plan and kidnaps her himself. When Gayner arrives to retrieve his daughter, Beasley kills him and makes the Sheriff arrest Dale for the murder.
Laughter in Hell (1933) as Mileaway
What's Your Racket (1933) as Cameron
Strange People (1933) as The insurance agent
Girl Without a Room (1933) as Joe
State Trooper (1933) as Graber
Tillie and Gus (1933) as
Tillie and Augustus Winterbottom are thought to be missionaries when they arrive to find Phineas Pratt trying cheat the Sheridans out of her father's inheritance, including a ferry franchise and a boat. The only way to keep the franchise is to win a race against Pratt's boat.
Virtue (1932) as Magistrate
A taxi driver falls for a sassy New York con girl.
Scandal for Sale (1932) as City editor
Tom Brown of Culver (1932) as Harry
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) as Mike
A World War I veteran faces inhuman conditions when he's sentenced to hard labor.
Lady and Gent (1932) as Coroner
Fresh young boxer Buzz Kinney is just out of college. He's able to knock out Stag Bailey when the veteran becomes over confident. Later Buzz is a worn out wreck with a broken nose and cauliflower ear.
Heaven on Earth (1931) as Andy
The Devil Plays (1931) as
The Woman Racket (1930) as Tish
A policeman must rescue his wife from gangsters.
Barnum Was Right (1929) as Harrison

Cast (short)

Main Street Today (1944)
This short film promotes the U.S. war effort at home in a small town.
Something Simple (1934)
In this short film, Charley Chase is tricked by an escaped mental patient.

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